Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby Cèid Donn » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:02 pm

Bon courage & bliadhna shoirbheachail dhuibh, a h-uile duine! May the odds be ever in your favor! :D


OK, so 2019 is still about 15 hours away for me, but it's already 2019 for some folks and I just want to wish everyone well. May we all succeed, and if not succeed, fail with grace and pizzazz. :lol:

Hank wrote:
So this year I'm going with the same resolution: to be able to comfortably read Welsh by the end of 2019.


I wish I had some witty insight on how to make Welsh easier, but I don't. I myself have started keeping a written journal of things I come across that i really want to learn well and be able to recall, and being a physical notebook, it makes it easier to browse through and review (for me at least) as suits my mood and available time. So far, it seems to be helpful.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby Brun Ugle » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:38 pm

Cèid Donn wrote:May we all succeed, and if not succeed, fail with grace and pizzazz. :lol:

I misread that as "pizzas" first, and thought, "Wow! I'm in!" Failure is always better with pizzas.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby brokenrecord » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:53 pm

My overall goal is to do at least one thing in one language every day, even if it's just reading one newspaper article, or one page of a book, etc. Kind of like the 365 day challenge a lot of people are doing, but with no restrictions, since it can be any language, and the minimum time per day is basically any time at all. My goal is just not to completely abandon language-learning when I inevitably feel like I need a break.

Spanish:
  • Finish FSI Spanish, GdUdE B1-B2, and my Anki 5000 word frequency deck.
  • Do some more intensive work with reading/watching TV.
  • Finish at least 4 books.
  • At least 150 hours of listening, particularly TV/movies made outside of Spain.
  • Work on the subjunctive and feel comfortable using it spontaneously myself (I don't expect to feel like I've completely mastered it, but I'd like to be more familiar with it and know most of the cases when it's used).
French:
  • Finish FSI French Phonology.
  • At least 100 hours of listening.
  • Be able to watch a TV show/movie in French that I've never seen before without subtitles and follow the plot and not get terribly lost.
  • Finish at least 2 books.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby gsbod » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:51 pm

In 2019 I want to read more German. This year I only finished 3 German books. Next year I ought to do better.

I'd also like to figure out what, if anything, I want to do next with languages. Do I pick up a shiny new one, give an old neglected one some polish, or simply sit back and enjoy what I have already achieved with German? At the moment I am just procrastinating through my indecision - I don't want that to continue throughout next year.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby IronMike » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:53 pm

brokenrecord wrote:My overall goal is to do at least one thing in one language every day, even if it's just reading one newspaper article, or one page of a book, etc. Kind of like the 365 day challenge a lot of people are doing, but with no restrictions, since it can be any language, and the minimum time per day is basically any time at all. My goal is just not to completely abandon language-learning when I inevitably feel like I need a break.

Hey @brokenrecord, come join me in the 365 day challenge in the "generic" category. You can study any language as long as it is 30 min per day. :D
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby brokenrecord » Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:25 pm

IronMike wrote:
brokenrecord wrote:My overall goal is to do at least one thing in one language every day, even if it's just reading one newspaper article, or one page of a book, etc. Kind of like the 365 day challenge a lot of people are doing, but with no restrictions, since it can be any language, and the minimum time per day is basically any time at all. My goal is just not to completely abandon language-learning when I inevitably feel like I need a break.

Hey @brokenrecord, come join me in the 365 day challenge in the "generic" category. You can study any language as long as it is 30 min per day. :D

I had thought about doing that, but I don't think the 365 day challenge suits my purposes. I know 30 minutes a day isn't really a lot (and nearly every day, I do more than that), but even that feels too restrictive for me. I understand the purpose behind having a minimum of 30 minutes, but the reason I've made that goal is because if I completely skip a day, it's likely to turn into a week or a month because I'm easily distracted by my other interests. However, if I stick to doing even a minute of work a day, then I'm more likely to get back to spending greater amounts of time on my languages sooner. But thanks for the invite, anyways! I do think it's a great idea, and I wish everyone who's committed to that challenge the best of luck! :)
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby Sarafina » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:19 pm

I can't even remember what my goals for 2018 were. I'd have to look through my first language log and it should be there somewhere. It's still too painful to reread that log- I don't need any more explicit reminders of the horror that was IB HL French and how naive I was.

My resolution is to always engage with all three languages everyday in anyway I can no matter- as long as it's a minimum of 30 minutes a day for each of them.

My goal for French would be to hopefully pass the DALF (or at least not to completely fail every section).

For Japanese, I want to be able to watch one season of Terrace House/one episode of Haikyuu or Boku no Academia/a Studio Ghibli film without needing to rely completely on subtitles.

For Spanish, I want to be able to have decent conversations and understand a couple of decent shows that I find.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby Lemus » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:03 am

It's already on my log, but in the interest of making myself doubly accountable:

Five books each in Spanish, German, and Italian. Adult novels or substantial words of nonfiction.
One easy reader in Persian
4,000 words in Anki (a thousand in each language)

Note though that I did set these goals out about two months ago so I already am well underway. Cheating? Maybe... :lol:

If I hit the targets before the end of the year, then I will let myself embrace the wanderlust!
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby Fenderman » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:07 am

I haven't posted on my log yet but my main resolution is too be more consistent with my studying. For 2018 I definitely made progress with my Spanish but it could have been much better if I didn't have so many start and stop bursts that set me back. I signed up for the 365 day challenge so I'm hoping that will help me be more accountable.

Anyway, to be more specific I would love to get to around B2. I'm currently A2 and so if I can stay consistent I think I can get there but if not that's fine too as long I stay on track.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby redtomcat » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:52 am

In 2018 because of work I mainly concentrated on Spanish, French, German with a bit of Italian, Arabic and Polish - and one conversation in Japanese thrown in - so I didn't have time or opportunity to branch out properly into anything else.

So for 2019 which is now already two hours and fifty one minutes old I'm going to have a proper crack at PERSIAN which I've been perusing for a while now but not seriously got even close to conversational - I can just about introduce myself and talk about family, order a meal etc. My handwriting is rubbish but it's not that good in English either as it looks like a spider with tremors and a snotty cold wobbled across the page after having several beers.
I can't decide whether I would also revive my LATIN from my schoolboy days but that should be easy :lol: .
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