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:
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.
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!
Update (30st June 2019)
That was one busy month and I am more than happy that I managed to squeeze in so many study sessions next to all those June birthdays,work, LangJam project stuff and, recently added to the things I like doing, gym training! My schedule worked wonders and even though there were days when I just couldn't bring up enough mental power to sit down and concentrate for an hour or two, it felt good to have a plan right in front of me when I could. Not to pick favourites but I felt specifically motivated on Japanese days, haha. English and Spanish sessions went okay-ish, so I won't complain either.
At some point during June I re-installed Duolingo on my phone and took a sneak peak at the Turkish course. I don't have any plans to get more serious but it was actually a lot of fun and I think I will keep dabbling a bit whenever I have some free moments in the evenings. (And no, there is absolutely not a Turkish grammar and vocabulary book lying right next to me. I don't know what you're talking about.)
Agglutinative languages are just so wonderful!
1st June 2019
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!