How happy are you with your progress?

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How happy are you with your progress?

Poll ended at Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:13 pm

Extremely happy
6
7%
Very happy
9
10%
Quite happy
40
44%
Neutral
9
10%
Quite unhappy
18
20%
Very unhappy
5
5%
Extremely unhappy
4
4%
 
Total votes: 91

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iguanamon
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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby iguanamon » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:58 pm

Very happy. It's most often our expectations that make us unhappy, in language-learning and life. I focus on what I can do, and in my languages, that's a lot- speaking, reading, writing, listening, reading in different scripts. I never thought I'd be able to do all that all those years ago when I started with Spanish.

I'll never be Pablo Neruda or Fernando Pessoa, but I love being able to enjoy the access to different worlds that my languages give me. It's one of the best gifts I ever gave myself.
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aaleks
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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby aaleks » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:32 pm

I answered "Quite happy". In reality it somewhere in between "Quite happy" and "Very happy". i.e. on good days it's very happy, on bad - quite happy. Since the beginning my goal has been - don't quit, so my English learning hasn't been really learning. Usually I do only what I want to. Even though I'm often whining about my grammar and writing if I start learning any other language I will do it in the same unsystematic way. I'm 100% sure that If I try to do it in a more proper, academic way: textbooks, grammar books, word lists, etc. I will quit it before I even start. I understand that my approach isn't the most effective one so I don't expect much and mostly happy with what I have right now.
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leosmith
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All but forgotten Swahili (~B1)
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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby leosmith » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:42 pm

Extremely happy. I'm on track to learn 2 asian languages in 2 years, Korean B2+ and Tagalog B1. I've found my own personal silver bullet.
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: 60 / 60 Pimsleur (total 60 lessons)
: 24 / 24 Elementary Tagalog Textbook (total 24 lessons)
: 20 / 24 Textbook review (total 24 lessons)
: 64 / 100 Tagalog conversation with italki tutors (total 100 hours)

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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby Cavesa » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:44 pm

I answered very unhappy, because there has been no progress for months, due to having other problems. I enjoy what I had achieved before that, but I was hoping I'd be somewhere else by now. I visited Vienna last week and felt so powerless and tied without due to my extremely weak German. My Spanish is on the plateau. My French writing is rotting. My Italian is purely passive.

But I hope I will be able to choose a totally different answer in a few months :-)
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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby Kamlari » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:11 pm

I didn't vote, but>>>
Extremely happy.

I haven't been learning any languages for years. And now I'm just enjoying what I have.
Life is as beautiful as this song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwkS2tuJ47M
Or this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK3NMZAUKGw

To put it in Russian:
У меня есть все
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNJgEg7 ... S9P4wtt6uZ
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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:47 pm

leosmith wrote:Extremely happy. I'm on track to learn 2 asian languages in 2 years, Korean B2+ and Tagalog B1. I've found my own personal silver bullet.


Do you describe your method anywhere? (If not, and if the description is too long for this thread, feel free to PM me)
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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby Elsa Maria » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:54 pm

I voted quite happy. I like my suite of languages, my resources, and my goals. I'm not always happy with my progress, but I take great pleasure in the process.
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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby Sc27 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:54 am

I haven't voted yet, because it's a bit generalized, but I'd say generally happy everytime I talk with my mom in Korean about a subject that she is interested in without delving into the whole, how is your day, what do you want to eat, etc.

I think one of the few times that I was pretty happy was when she was explaining to me about a South Korean president's assassination. That was very interesting. :D
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All but forgotten Swahili (~B1)
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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby leosmith » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:22 am

jeff_lindqvist wrote:Do you describe your method anywhere? (If not, and if the description is too long for this thread, feel free to PM me)

It's in my log.
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: 60 / 60 Pimsleur (total 60 lessons)
: 24 / 24 Elementary Tagalog Textbook (total 24 lessons)
: 20 / 24 Textbook review (total 24 lessons)
: 64 / 100 Tagalog conversation with italki tutors (total 100 hours)

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Re: How happy are you with your progress?

Postby mick33 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:14 am

I voted neutral. I'm happy with my progress in some languages, but sometimes frustrated with my lack of progress in others, especially when it comes to pronunciation. I guess this explains why I struggle with Polish and Swedish.
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