In this first lesson (and also a bit later on) I will introduce quite a few tools that will help you on your path to mastering B1.
If you feel overwhelmed by the sheer mass of tools, don’t worry. There are only 2 tools that you need initially:
01 | Memrise, your vocab trainer and
02 | this very course.
Everything else you can ignore until you have a good grip on how this course works. Again: that is if you feel overwhelmed at the amount of tools introduced. If you are fine with those, by all means go wild ;)
E.g. soon you'll find out that I've created a wonderful app to learn the gender of up to 1700 nouns. That app is a lovely way to waste some time at a bus stop or when waiting for your botox treatment. Yet, it is absolutely redundant for this course. The technique to memorize the gender of nouns will be taught in this course and you'll have to apply it e.g. with every Preaching (coming up soon in this lesson) and later in your writing assignments (lesson 13 onwards).
You'll also get to know Alexa, a wonderful robot that has the (im)patience of an angel. Yet, she can be quite demanding and you might experience some stress when her hearing fails her or when she doesn't leave you sufficient time to answer. In that case just preach manually for a bit and once you got a grip on it, go Alexa.
TAKE A CAREFUL GLANCE
By all means take a look at everything I recommend and see whether you feel they are helpful in your case but if you feel overwhelmed: just ignore them.
THOU SHALT ONLY USE ONE VOCAB COURSE
One thing though: Only work with my course on Memrise as then you’ll work with 100% relevant vocabulary as it contains all the words of this course. Here’s the link again. To work with this course on your mobile device simply open this link on your mobile (after you have installed the free Memrise app that is). Ignore all other courses on Memrise as they are simple word lists that provide no context whatsoever and therefore are a colossal waste of precious time.
In my next reminder, I’ll talk a bit about how to make best use of Memrise.
Where in your life have you made the experience that less is more?