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It’s Been a Year…

It’s been almost a year since my last post on here. That post was about how I had been away for several months and wanted to get back into the swing of things…we can all see how well that worked out. *sigh* Life is sometimes completely unexpected and as much as we try to plan, those plans often get derailed, whether we want them to or not. Basically my language studies got put on the backburner with everything happening in my life. This is not to say that ALL language learning was put off as languages are part of my daily life but it was pretty much all passive learning these past few months. If we are being honest this pretty much only applied to Korean as I barely touched any other language. With the amount of media I consume in Korean I have picked up several new things, primarily vocabulary. This continues my never ending issue with knowing too many random vocabulary words but rarely being able to use them because my grammar is still so lacking due to my lack of active learning recently. I’ve been slowly changing that these past few weeks and I recently signed up for a Free Online Korean course on Future Learn though I went with the 2nd part of the course as I am already fairly familiar with the basics. So far I’m only on the first week’s lessons but it is mostly stuff I already know but I can always use the practice on. I’m hoping to get a better grasp on some of the beginning grammar so that I can finally move further in my studies.

In other recent language news I am also trying to revamp my French. I have let go of it for far too long and I am really regretting how terrible my grammar and ability to speak has gotten. I purchased a new resource I am hoping will help me review everything I have forgotten or am rusty on. I also have decided to start a new language…because obviously I am doing GREAT at maintaining my other ones… 🙂  I think I had talked about it in a previous blog post but I will finally be starting *drumroll please* Norwegian! I’ve been interested in the language and the country of Norway for a while now and it is a language that is pretty different from all the other languages I have studied. (Look forward to an upcoming post about how terrified I am right now HA!) I’m getting together a few resources and will formally be starting next week. The last bit of news is that I have been dabbling in some Mandarin. No I’m not going to be formally studying it yet but I’ve picked up a couple thing this past year and am slowly learning. This is pretty much just to familiarize myself with the language. I’ve always wanted to study it but the tones always scared me, they still do but I figure if I give myself the permission to just dabble and take it REALLY slow that I may get over that fear. I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone else but we will go with it!

I am really going to strive to post more regularly on here, at least once a week. I think my next post will be about my goals for June regarding Korean, Norwegian and French. Have you ever been terrified to start a language or scared of the language itself? Let me know so I don’t feel all alone! 🙂

Goals

Not All Days Are Created Equal…

One thing I am understanding more and more as I get older is that not all days are created equal, and that’s okay! To be honest I have always been super hard on myself, and I know that in part it’s a defense mechanism. If I was hard on myself, then the judgement from others would pale in comparison, or so I told myself. I thought I was protecting myself but in reality the failures multiplied times 1000 because I couldn’t move past them. Slowly I have been working to overcome this in the past few years. Key word being SLOWLY…

One big aspect where this comes into play is my language learning. I often set out to do XYZ and am disappointed when I don’t quite accomplish it, even if I do ABC instead. I’ve had to remind myself that language learning comes in many forms and that just because I don’t meet every single goal I set out to, it doesn’t mean I am failing. If I am doing SOMETHING in that language then I am learning, whether it be one word or 5 chapters in a textbook. I wrote about some of my goals for the month here, but then I went even further and broke it down by days. I detailed what I thought I needed to get accomplished each day in order to meet those goals and even started keeping track of how long I was studying each thing everyday. To be honest, we are 6 days into the month and this feels like a chore.

Each day this month has looked  SO vastly different in terms of my studying. On Sunday, I studied for 8 hours straight! Guess what? I had a blast that day, I not only felt accomplished but enjoyed every bit. Monday, I posted a 10 second recording of myself speaking Korean for my pronunciation to be judged. On Tuesday, I got 2 hours of physical studying in and watched 4 hours of Korean television shows. Wednesday, I listened to a good number of audio lessons while at work. Yesterday, I only did 20 minutes of Duolingo French BUT spent about 2 hours chatting with my French language partner and even managed to write several sentences in French and learned a couple new fun expressions. I also read Boucles d’or et les Trois Ours (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) and understood about 80% of it without looking stuff up for clarification.

Did I meet all those daily goals I had set for myself? Nope, not on most days, but I can’t see this as a failure. Every single bit of the aforementioned and the rest of the studying I did, is a WIN! I can end this week knowing more than I did when I started. Heck, I even learned the names of three more obscure body parts in Spanish! What this shows me is that I am better off not trying to regulate what everyday looks like for me when it comes to studying. I love the monthly goals but I am done with daily ones. The only daily goal I want is to do something, anything, in one of my target languages, be it for 15 minutes or 8 hours.

I LOVE language learning and I want the freedom to enjoy it without constraints, goal setting and consistency are both very important but so is loving every minute of it, or at least it is for me. This week I even let myself throw in a little tiny bit of Norwegian and Indonesian which I am super excited about! I can’t wait to see what I learn the next week with no daily constraints.

How was your first week of the month? 🙂

Challenges

#365daysoflanglearning: Day 1

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Hey everyone! Today I am bringing you the #365daysoflanglearning challenge hosted by Charlotte over at Xuexisprachen. As the name implies, this is meant to be a daily challenge but knowing myself there may be days I miss or group together depending on how crazy the day gets but I will TRY to do as many as I can. As I type this it is 2:40 AM and I have studied/done language related stuff for 8 hours total today…I figured I’d kick the year off right. Because I studied a combination of French, Korean, Medical Spanish, and randomly a teeny bit of Norwegian (we will talk about this later), I thought I would do 5 new phrases I learned overall and not just in one language. Note: there wont be any Medical Spanish phrases because I didn’t go over anything new to me today. By the way if I make any errors in my phrases or translations please feel free to let me know so I can have them corrected.

  1. Norwegian: Takk!/Tusen Takk! – Thanks!/Thank you very much! (Fun note: Tusen Takk literally means a thousand thanks, which reminds me of the English phrase thanks a million!)
  2. French: Tout ça ñ’est qu’un début. – This is only the beginning.
  3. French: Ce ñ’est pas si simple que ça. – It’s not that simple.
  4. Korean: 오늘 날씨가 추워요. – It’s cold today/The weather is cold today.
  5. Korean: 한국어 공부가 어려워요. – It is difficult to study Korean.

That’s all for today! Let me know if you learned any new phrases or words this week! 🙂