I made this plans in the knowledge that Christmas is coming closer and will consume me eventually, but this year I wish to not lay everything down completely and do at least a little bit each day. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Next to my language goals I will take up my work on the Language Jam again. Last month served as some kind of creative break so I won't loose my motivation to work on it, but the list isn't getting any shorter and I can't wait to get back into planning! <3
I will also try something completely different and something I always wanted to do: Creating study material (for other people)! I did this countless times for myself but never for a person that wants to start studying a language. I will travel to Japan with some friends next year and two of them are desperate to study Japanese but don't quite know the right way to do it / their textbook of choice contains too many irrelevant stuff for their purposes. Due to the little time we have left, I will help them with some personalized study material - hopefully, that is! :D
I'm very much looking forward to that. And I will keep you updated!
Now let's continue with my language-language plans:
...remains my top priority. I will keep working on my listening skills and against kanji forgetting. I also plan on translating more, this was my favourite class during university and I quite honestly don't know why I dropped it. Also on my list: conversational practice. I tend to run away from every opportunity to speak Japanese when this is exactly what I need the most: exposure to native speakers. I'll head for 30 minutes with a tutor per week - that is probably enough to make my head spin.
So here we go:
...is back! Hooray!
A good while ago, I posted this on Twitter:
Reading about so many dedicated and motivated people here makes me want to join in! I haven't talked about this with anyone but I want to reach a high advanced level (and maybe even scratch the surface of fluency 🤞🤞) in Spanish until the end of 2018! 🇪🇸— Sandra 🇯🇵💯 (@tulipun) 16. April 2018
While I am still far away from calling myself fluent, a lot has changed over the last few months in terms of speaking confidence. Yes, there are still those nasty vocabulary gaps and wonky grammatical constructs I create, but I reached the point where I just don't care about it any more. Speaking Spanish is S O much fun and it would be a shame to let those imperfections ruin it for me! Instead, I will slowly work my way up to the top and review and study everything that stands in my way!
That leaves me with this list:
...will spend December and Christmas at the sideline. Sorry, English!
And that sums it up! My annual Christmas spirit is giving me some extra motivation and I can't wait to study with a nice cup of tea, looking at the decorated Christmas tree ever so often.
30th November 2018
Hej! My name is Sandra, I am a language enthusiast from Germany and this is where I document my language learning journey.
I will share my study goals with you, talk about the ups and downs in language learning, try out cool challenges and show you study methods that I found particularly helpful. Making myself accountable here will hopefully give me some extra motivational boosts!
All main articles will eventually be translated into the four languages I am most comfortable with: German, English, Spanish and Japanese. Older posts can be found under "Archive" and are sorted in order of date.
You won't find a comment section under my posts, so if you feel like chatting a bit, or talking about language-y things feel free to message me on social media or write me an email!
Enjoy your stay and happy studying!
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