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Why you Must Move Past Cards you don’t Understand — 7 Comments

  1. I don’t have a lot to add, this article perfectly sums up my experience in many ways. Around the second half of beginner things get a little hazy preparing you for intermediate. Intermediate hits hard. I would go ten cards some days and not know what it was saying. Using Google to help would confuse me as much as give clarity.

    It wasn’t until card 500 of intermediate I swore off Google. After that things slowly started clicking better. I might still not know ten cards but by the next day I had a better idea. By the time I got to advanced everything was so much easier. I had gotten used to reading definitions but even more important I had gotten used to the hazy feeling and I had confidence that over time things would click because I had seen it happen again and again.

    I still have cards that I can barely understand from time to time but I can live with that and move on. It doesn’t bother me anymore.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience.

      Sometimes it can be helpful to others just to know that this is all normal and that other people who feel the exact same thing eventually make it out okay.

  2. I really needed this post. The last 100 cards in Jalup beginner keep escaping my memory. But now I feel I have permission to move on and try Intermediate, even though it seems impossible now. Thanks for the encouraging words.

    • Yes, you definitely have permission to move on. You will feel great once you do, and everything will work out.

  3. This month I’m going to finish Jalup Advanced, I came all this way without looking at the English definitions. I also don’t have anything to add to this article but as everybody says the first intermediate cards are difficult, but if you overcome the urge to see the definitions you’ll pass and it gets easy from that point. I still have some fuzzy feelings about some words but immersing yourself is the key point, there was a few words that it clicked me when I saw it on different context immersing myself. It really sticks in you because in your brain you always remember that fuzzy feeling about that word but when you understand it creates a better connection to the meaning that it’s now difficult to forget.

    • Yes, immersion definitely helps with those fuzzy feelings, especially when you want to speed along the process.

  4. I definitely remember the moments I’ve been confused on some word use in a card, and then maybe a few weeks or months later I’d find in reading or listening to something a similar situation that made that word use stick and make sense. That first a-ha moment then tends to strongly attach to the usage in my head, and I use it to refer to later occurrences and even the card that was so unclear before.

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