June: Let's work on those vocab gaps™

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June is here, summer is here and while I am absolutely not looking forward to temperatures around 30°C and sweaty study sessions, I do feel thankful for the additional hours of sunshine in the early morning and late afternoon. Maintenance May was a sad reminder that the "do something for language xyz" policy is (still) not working for me and I need a more detailed plan in order to get things done, so that is what I'm going for this month. When I decided to put Swedish aside, my first thought was to replace it with another language. But considering that the Language Jam is getting closer and there is still lots to do for it, I decided against it.
I also won't try to study every language every day. I'd rather alternate between languages and fully concentrate on two study sessions each day than doing three languages half-heartedly. This language alternation worked surprisingly well for me when I tried it for the first time last November, so I'd like to see if that still holds true.

And without further ado, this is my weekly schedule for June:

Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
EN
w/e
JP
JP
JP
w/e
ES
ES
w/e

My plan is to throw in a one hour study session for English every day, plus another hour for either Japanese or Spanish, depending on the day of the week. Those will be active study sessions, while I save passive study activities for the days in between - if I have some extra time to spare. As long as I can keep up with the active part, I don't mind neglecting the passive one. Weekends will be free, so I can spontaneously decide if and what I want to study. Maybe I will throw in some dabble weekends because Mandarin (among other languages) has been spooking around in my head for a while now and I'd love to get that temptation out of my system.

And because the best plan isn't working without proper content, let me go a bit more in-depth.

active
passive
  • vocab & grammar practice with Destination C1 & C2
  • audio recordings
  • continue working on the monolingual notebook
  • write more (summaries of book chapters,
    reviews, fiction, ...)
  • listen to (British) podcasts
  • keep reading
active
passive
  • more travel journey translations (en ⇨ jp)
  • grammar repetition ( & example sentences)
    w/ the cards I made last month
  • finish chapter 5 and 6 of とびら
  • repeat vocab w/ the help of my monolingual
    notebook & write example sentences
  • re-watch 鋼の錬金術師
    FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST but w/o subtitles
  • read 名探偵コナン
  • play 大逆転裁判
active
passive
  • translate texts that contain
    relevant vocab (es ⇨ ger)
  • review basic grammar points
  • conjugate verbs in the past tenses
  • continue with Pokémon Ultrasol
  • read Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkaban
  • catch up with all those Spanish YouTube videos

I managed to work up an indescribable intrinsic motivation for Japanese over the last months, so my hopes are that once I have established a study habit for Spanish, the rest will gradually follow. Who knows! Keep your fingers crossed for me and good luck with your own plans!

1st June 2019

まいど、まいど!

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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Enjoy your stay and happy studying!

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