Difficulty and learning style
What is the most difficult part of learning a new language for you? And I know we all learn things a bit differently, so how do you learn the language you are studying? What works best for you? :)
The most difficult part for me - not losing the motivation and finding the time to learn, even if I'm busy.
I usually start and finish the first few lessons of a language, to get the general impression of what it looks like and to make sure that I want to learn it and not another one.
Then I look up some basic grammar to understand what actually is being taught instead of just memorizing it and jumping to conclusions.
Next part is pretty much what everyone does - progressing through the tree. I look up new grammar, tenses and pronouns as they appear. If I have trouble remembering new vocabulary, I repeat the lessons and revise.
If I find the new language interesting and feel that I want to learn more than just getting the basics, I finish the tree; how long it takes depends of how much free time I have and if I'm doing multiple languages on the same time or just that one. After achieving the Golden Owl, I try to maintain the tree golden by practicing at least one session a week.
Then goes the fun part - actually using the language ;) I read some simple articles in it, browse the web using it and try to use some of it on the forums. Sometimes I answer questions about material I already got covered, other times I share the interesting stuff I found. It's an important part of learning to break the "language block" and not to be afraid to use it. Even if you make mistakes, you can correct them - and all the way along, you learn new things.
Also, if someone corrects me, I don't take offense (unless they're rude about it) - instead, I try to understand where I have made errors and remember to not repeat them in the future.
If I plan on actually using the language for more than just reading and translation, I start watching videos and listening to audio in that language, for example I find songs in the genres I like to get more used to pronounciation and to get more listening comprehension. If there are movies that are of interest to me, I watch them in their original language with subtitles.
And that's probably it ;) that's the rough draft of my routine for learning, so far it worked pretty well and I'm on the way to achieve my 5th golden owl, though nowadays I have less than sufficient time to invest (exams season at uni is coming up and this year it's going to be difficult).
Good luck for everyone, never loose motivation and give up if you really want to learn a language! :D
For me, the hardest part is to learn new words. I think that grammar is not the problem, because one could understand even if I use the wrong gender, conjugation... I really like to practice reading texts on websites, listening to music, watching videos with subtitles and writing something especially things I have to do.
I found the best thing for me was joining language groups where I had the chance to speak in a supportive atmosphere. It also gave the fight-or-flight response the first few times but my attitude made me fight it out the first few times. Speaking seems to work the best for getting my mind kicked into gear. I must add that you must also speak fearlessly, accepting that you'll make mistakes. That works for me!
I'm terrified to speak, especially with natives, so that's something I need to overcome for every language I learn.
My learning is style is quite mixed, but I learn a lot from reading, as I'm quite a bookish type. But listening to series and Youtube is fun too. So I suppose my learning style is: find what interests you and what you like, and simply do those things in your target language. In that way, language learning will be fun instead of a drag.