I’ve been working on German with Clozemaster for quite some time now, exclusively using the “Fluency Fast Track”. I’m now at level 131, and I’ve mastered over 25% of the sentences and been exposed to over 28.7%.
Prior to starting Clozemaster, I had been to Germany three times, and had completed Duolingo’s and Lingvist’s courses. But Clozemaster is taking me even farther, both by being very fast and efficient, and by exposing me to even more words.
Some of the benefits that I’ve noticed:
- I can now follow abstract talk programs on TV for the most part. Previously, I was okay when watching news about something more tangible, but when it was just a program where people would sit around and talk about something abstract, I would get lost. This has opened up to me and it’s really exciting.
- My pronunciation has improved a lot. I used to have problems with pronouncing “r’s” and for some reason I’m getting better at this. I also notice that I’m pronouncing the vowels more accurately and hearing them better too, especially the tricky ö and ü. One thing that I’ve noticed I’ve gotten much better at is the distinction between long and short vowels. Also my pronunciation of final “g’s” and of L’s in the middle of words is improving.
- I’m remembering noun genders more and only rarely forgetting or messing up case endings or verb endings. I’m internalizing a lot of the patterns to where I don’t think of them and they just “sound right” (or wrong if something is wrong.)
- I’m starting to learn more about subtle connotation things and idiomatic usage. I think a lot of this is just due to the sheer volume of passive exposure.
How about others? Have you noticed major benefits from using Clozemaster? About when did you start noticing the benefits?
I started noticing these things kicking in around the 10% mastered mark, but I am still getting a huge amount out of stuff. Many of the words I’ve been learning, I end up actually hearing, so I feel like I’m still learning stuff that is essential for fluency.