Indeed. Largely phonemic languages (which encompasses most of them) are even easier to learn by the second method. I recently wrote an article about how I learned Polish (one of the hardest european languages) only by practice and fun. https://medium.com/farewellalarms/how-to-learn-phonemic-languages-100-by-yourself-cd20f6b4fc2b And, to finish, I am looking forward to read Cut The Knot. To this moment, no book recommendation you made disappointed me.