Hi Lauren, I’ve just finished Level 1. I too felt as you do; I still get brain-freeze and mix up my words, but I don’t worry about it anymore, as the Challenges are so cleverly put together, it all works out in the end.
Everyone has their own way of learning something; if it helps, this is mine…
I like to do my weekly challenge every morning, first thing, when it’s quiet.
I listen to the sentence (with hand ready for the pause button!) and repeat each sentence (I’ll only repeat a sentence once more, if I can’t get it the first time…it works for me, it may not for someone else).
I get to the end of the session (usually, the first time is a real trial for me, and my brain aches).
I let my “little grey cells” then do their magic of beginning to create new neural pathways in my brain’s memory bank, especially overnight when I’m asleep, and the next morning, I repeat the challenge and find that I don’t need to use the pause button as much, and so it improves over the next few days.
By day 4, I’m usually knitting at the same time, so that I’m focused on that, whilst the words and sentence patterns are embedding in my subconscious mind (pause button still within easy reach in case I need it).
By the end of the week, I’m feeling a lot better.
I know now that this is the pattern for my weekly learning method, and so I don’t get so anxious now when I’m flummoxed, because I know that I will “get it” at some point.
Lauren, please don’t worry, just enjoy each challenge and soon you will even be noticing the occasional error that Aran and Catrin make …and they will be just as pleased as you are that you’re improving your skills to that extent.
I’ve recently started L2 and I’m feeling on a Monday when I’ve done the challenge on the first day…but now I accept that by Thursday/Friday, I will be feeling better, maybe not perfect, but that’s okay.
Just trust in the process, Lauren, and in yourself. We all feel as you do, at different levels. I’m not much further ahead than you, and, at some point soon (you will know when) you will recognise that you actually feel comfortable about not “getting” a phrase or word pattern because you will know through your own experience that it will come.