Reverse trees: does that help?
To the people who have done reverse trees, is it worth it? What's your experience? By reverse trees I mean to "learn" a language that you already know from the language that you are really trying to learn.
I think it's not the same (it's pretty similar, though), but what I've found really useful is to learn ANOTHER language using my target language. For example, my native language, as you could notice, isn't English (it's Spanish), but I'm here learning Turkish, which actually have helped me improve my wordstock and grammar in English at the same time I learn a new language [because if I started learning Spanish for English speakers I would get fastly bored]. It's a good way to improve; I suggest you to do that with your target language if you feel confident enough :)
I haven't done a reverse tree yet, but I'm planning on doing one after I finish my French tree. I think it would be helpful because it includes more translations from your native to the language you are learning, which is more challenging than the other way around. Whatever you decide to do, good luck!
Totally worth it. Definitely do the reverse tree if it's available in your language (which, with English, it almost always is).
If you're learning more than one foreign language, "laddering" is also extremely useful. For example, if you are learning both French and Italian, then in addition to learning:
- French (from English) and
- Italian (from English),
you should also try
- French (from Italian) and
- Italian (from French).