Alright, so full disclaimer before we get started: I had about half the month for focusing on those, because before the blog, I didn’t really set goals that objectively, which… means I accomplished less! But also that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and may have gotten a little overly ambitious with my goals? lol Perhaps next month, having a full 30 days, I’ll actually do everything I want to!
Spanish: okay, so I did decide on a DELE B2 preparation book I want to use, and I got informed about how to get my B2 certificate. Good, right? Not so good: I didn’t… do much else. I also had as a goal to read the Anne Frank diary in Spanish, which I started. But haven’t gone very far, either? I’m going to blame this one on me leaving the book at school and only spending an afternoon reading it, though. Leaving the book there totally changed things. :p All in all, I’ve seen just how hard it is to prioritize a language you’re a little ahead in. Starting is so much easier, I think!
Norwegian: this was prettyyyyy good, actually. Although I didn’t read the children’s books I’d gotten (particularly excited about Ikke gi opp, Josefine!, a book about a penguin, well, not giving up, I did go through most of the Memrise course in Norwegian. If you haven’t yet, I absolutely do recommend checking it out! Their database of languages is immense, and personally, what makes me so into their app, is that you can study hearing real ordinary people speaking, not only the voice actors. They approach random people on the streets, by the looks of it? And it so works. In Norwegian, they have 7 modules, and I’m on module 5. Really digging it!
Italian: riiiiiight. *awkward smile* You know how I was so dedicated to trying the Italian With Elisa course? I did one module and then just got distracted. On the bright side, I do think that’s a pretty awesome free course that should be taken more seriously (and I’ll do that next month!), and I also played around with Italian on Duolingo some. Mostly, though, I watched almost all of She-ra season 2 in Italian. Which was awesome! First time watching a cartoon dubbed in a language I’m learning, but I absolutely recommend it. Learned a few words, got a lot of input, and it was just an overall fun experience.
Korean: oh, Korean. I had very low key goals for you. I only wanted to memorize the alphabet! Get some new vocabulary on Drops. Maybe move forward with the super awesome Yonsei University First Step Korean. But the truth is that I didn’t do much at all this month. My apologetic look is very, very real.
Not to create excuses, but creating an excuse: it was a very busy month for me! Between the end of the trimester and a gazillion tests to grade, starting the blog, making some financial decisions, and general everyday stuff, I didn’t have as much time to study in May as I would’ve hoped.
Not a problem, though! For June, I come prepared: I’m going to schedule the month ahead.
Spanish: DELE B2, I’m coming for you! Now that I have my book available and a date for the exam (late November), it’s time to start studying! I’ve blocked some time on my Google Calendar for Spanish, and I start this Monday. Oh yeaaaaah!!
Norwegian: I’m keeping last month’s goal of reading the children’s books I got, but also of finishing the Memrise modules. Doing the Memrise modules on my phone is something I can do for fun a few minutes before work or bed without stress, but I’m blocking some time on weekends for the books as well. I have five, so I’m going to read one each week! (Starting with Ikke gi opp, Josefine!, obviously. I need to know why that penguin is so resilient.)
Italian: I feel like one reason why I’m not moving as fast with Italian is the abundance of resources. With Norwegian, they were so limited, that staying focused was a lot easier. But with Italian… I’m going to try and commit with the course. Also blocking out some time on my calendar for that, twice a week.
Korean: this month, I’m totally getting the alphabet. I’ll stick to the Yonsei University course, because it’s so didactic. Blocking out some time as well, keeping it all in green so it’s energetic and motivating!
More specificity and blocking out times now! With Norwegian and Korean, I have very clear goals: read one book each week and memorize the alphabet, but with Spanish and Italian I’m keeping a more relaxed mindset and focusing on the time I’ll be dedicating to them instead. I can’t wait to tell you next month how it totally worked out. :p
What languages are you learning? How was May? Do you have any goals for June? Let me know!