Well, a co-worker of mine is from Puerto Rico. A very valuable worker here, however, knows little English. His son who also works here translates for us whenever we need to discuss some things. I found out when his son came to America he didn’t know any English. So I asked him how he learned it so well (he’s fluent, with no accent when speaking English).
He said he joined an online school based in Arizona (not sure where) which promised him he’d be fluent in English in 2 years if he stuck through their entire course. He said he wasn’t confident at first as he knew zero English, but worked hard and stayed the course for the 2 year program. The school’s method was listening and writing down what you hear. Simple sentences at first, of course, and gradually increasing in complexity. He would listen then type out the full sentence of what he heard.
He said after some time everything started to click. The process of writing out what he heard started working it’s magic. After the 2 year program, he could understand and speak English. He lives in America now (Cleveland, OH) and immersion sure didn’t hurt! However, his father and mother (who used to work here) still struggle with our language.
It was around 3 weeks ago when I asked him and he explained how he learned English. I took his advice and had the perfect tool for it…Clozemaster! I mostly use listen, transcribe now. I’m improving my listening skills and noticing a difference. It’s starting to work. Tough phrases, new words - challenges every language presents. Writing out the sentences is a challenge, but a very powerful learning method. With each cloze sentence, I’m utilizing all four skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking…I recite the sentences out loud a few times).
It’s been 7 months now learning Spanish and 3 months on Clozemaster. Countless programs I’ve tried. None even close to Clozemaster. By far the best program for language learning out there! I have a phrase book at home (Easy Spanish 1500 Phrases, or something like that). The book touts it uses authentic sentences that native speakers use. Before Clozemaster, I tried reading through it but stopped as I couldn’t understand much. I started reading it this weekend and I could understand a lot! Countless hours on Clozemaster helped me to start understanding real Spanish. My Spanish is leaping forward now.
A bit long winded, sorry…
But yes, I think writing down on paper or typing it out are basically equivalent. But digital, for me, is far more practical. More efficient, imo.