The Power of the Progress Bar!
Welcome back, lovely users!
We are here with breaking news on our newest update, but it is mainly for our beginner and intermediate users. Advance learners, the force is already strong with you, so you can sit this one out.
Now, for the rest of you who are still training your ears to hear in your new language (Step 1 of the 4 step method), it's time to suit up, but first, we have a quick reminder from Gabe’s book on why this is the very first step:
The better you internalize good pronunciation habits in the beginning, the less time you’ll waste hunting down broken words. If you can build a gut instinct about pronunciation, then every new word you read will automatically find its way into your ears and your mouth, and every word you hear will bolster your reading comprehension. You’ll understand more, you’ll learn faster, and you’ll spare yourself the hunt for broken words. Along the way, you’ll have an easier time memorizing, you’ll make better impressions upon native speakers, and you’ll speak more confidently when you’re ready.
But, we know that learning a new language can feel overwhelming, especially when you are starting.
So, we’ve decided to put your first big milestone front and center for you on the home screen with the help of a new tile!
The Progress Bar is Waiting for You
Beginners will see a progress bar on this tile called “Basics of Spelling.” You’ll create A LOT of flashcards throughout mastering pronunciation that will teach you the spelling and pronunciation system in your language. Mastering this system will allow you to learn faster and retain more information from every vocabulary and grammar flashcard you see in the future.
Every time you complete a “Basics of Spelling” lesson, the progress bar will increase. If you finish your daily tasks on the home screen each day, you can expect to fill this bar within about a month!
Intermediate learners, on this new tile, you will also see a bar for “Ear Training” - flashcards that will help train your ears to hear the nuances in the language that don’t come naturally to English speakers. Training your ears is so important, and it’s the reason why you will be more efficient at mastering your new language in the long run because once you can hear in your new language, everything else is tremendously easier!
So, be daring and bold! Engage in your pronunciation lessons and grow these progress bars!
When you fill them all up, which you will, feel a sense of accomplishment! Those completed bars will show that you built a solid foundation on top of which the rest of your language acquisition will grow!
Lastly, for our seasoned pros that completed all your pronunciation lessons, we know you might have felt left out for this post, but you should take this time to celebrate all the work you have done because we are celebrating your progress also!