May: Maintenance & Swedish!

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Running around in Japan for half a month has somewhat thrown me out of my usual study routine, and because I returned with an ugly and stubborn cold (or maybe pollen allergy, who knows), I wasn't able to study decently for the rest of April either.
That is why I decided to slow down a bit, keep all my languages in maintenance mode and see where this will lead me. My schedule before Japan was rather... I wouldn't say harsh, but I'd study for a minimum of one hour per day and had lots of things in my tracker waiting to be done. I absolutely don't regret concentrating on Japanese only for the last few months and I noticed how my general level increased significantly over time, yet I'd like to not stress myself too much in the upcoming month and take some more time for other hobbies as well.

Making a meticulously structured plan for every day of the month still does not work for me when it comes to language learning because I tend to do whatever I feel is most important at that specific moment anyway. The items below are things that I'd like to work on throughout the month. I don't want to study all languages every single day and I hope this will help me to overcome my internal pressure of having to do something for my language(s) of focus all the time. It got better already, but there is still room for improvement. Therefore, the tracker on the right side is just for the fun of it and to see what language(s) got the most attention by the end of May. (I am sorry for its butchered depiction on mobile devices, it looks pretty neat on a computer/notebook screen, I promise!)

These are my maintenance plans for each language respectively:



  • continue with my monolingual vocabulary book
  • continue with audio recordings
  • read more
  • write more
  • keep that fire burning!
  • work through the grammar list I made
  • keep working with the とびら workbook
  • write more



  • start a monolingual vocabulary book
  • review and practice old grammar
  • 30 minute study sessions after dinner
  • talk to Otto as much as possible

*Swedish made its comeback and I couldn't be happier to start studying it (again). Even better, my husband, whom I infected with the language virus a long time ago, decided to learn it with me. Our ultimate goal is to talk in Swedish to each other in daily life and I am super hyped for it and can't wait to get going! The plan is studying together every day for 30 minutes but since we didn't set ourselves a time limit until when we want to reach a certain level, I don't mind deviating from our plan.

I am actually pretty stoked to do less language learning and spend more time with other hobbies that I have neglected over the years. And who knows, maybe I come up with an idea to combine some of them!

30th April 2019


It's a me!

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.

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