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elka
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Re: Chove's Log (Spanish, German, Polish, French)

Postby elka » Tue Jul 27, 2021 4:20 am

chove wrote:Anyone got any tips for getting back into studying? I took an accidental break and now I'm somewhat paralysed by the fear that I'll have forgotten everything and it'll all be too difficult now. Somehow. Anxiety does a real number on my brain sometimes. I've kept up with Anki reviews and done maybe 10 minutes a day of DuoLingo or similar, but I feel like I've really fallen out of the habit. :(


You certainly haven’t forgotten anything :) Knowledge you have actively acquired is never completely lost. When you memorize something, brain learns where to look for a synapse that has this information and the pathway to this part of the brain is fast and active. If you, however, don’t activate the pathway enough, it becomes less active and slower. So now, the only thing to remember what you have learnt is to speed up and activate the pathways which is not at all difficult, especially if you have acquired the knowledge rather recently. I bet if you start studying again it might feel uncomfortable at first but everything will come to you soon. I’d advise you to start small and build momentum because if you suddenly start studying languages for 8 hours a day you will surely burn out.
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Re: Chove's Log (Spanish, German, Polish, French)

Postby Caromarlyse » Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:22 am

chove wrote:Anyone got any tips for getting back into studying? I took an accidental break and now I'm somewhat paralysed by the fear that I'll have forgotten everything and it'll all be too difficult now. Somehow. Anxiety does a real number on my brain sometimes. I've kept up with Anki reviews and done maybe 10 minutes a day of DuoLingo or similar, but I feel like I've really fallen out of the habit. :(


It looks like your break was really short - just two/three weeks ago you were talking about reading stuff. So it wasn't a break, just a holiday. You could well be more refreshed now. Also maybe try to let go of any standards you're holding yourself to. Even when we're doing something for money, we can only ever do our best, so beating yourself up about trying to achieve a certain standard with your language learning is not necessary, or helpful. Maybe just try going back to your German book, looking back over the vocabulary you wrote down before, and re-reading the relevant pages. You're then caught up without it being overwhelming, you've revised some of what you did before, and you're set up to move forward.
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Re: Chove's Log (Spanish, German, Polish, French)

Postby chove » Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:47 am

elka wrote:I bet if you start studying again it might feel uncomfortable at first but everything will come to you soon.


Yeah, the wee bits I've tried felt a bit awkward, and I was quite anxious about getting things wrong. But you're right, it'll get easier again once I get started.


Caromarlyse wrote:Maybe just try going back to your German book, looking back over the vocabulary you wrote down before, and re-reading the relevant pages. You're then caught up without it being overwhelming, you've revised some of what you did before, and you're set up to move forward.


Okay, I shall start with some revision :)

Thanks for the help, yous!
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Re: Chove's Log (Spanish, German, Polish, French)

Postby eido » Tue Jul 27, 2021 1:54 pm

The only thing you can do is try. If you never try, you’ll never know.

That’s what my mom says, anyway. ;)
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Re: Chove's Log (Spanish, German, Polish, French)

Postby chove » Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:53 pm

Occasionally I try to post an update but give up when I can't think of anything much to say. I've been learning on and off, and I think my Spanish listening comprehension is slowly improving but I still often slow things down or have subtitles on at the same time. I've been listening to some of the 'Hoy Hablamos' podcast which covers a nice variety of topics, for example last night I listened to one about the attempted coup in Spain in February 1981.

'Römische Geschichte Für Kinder' is being a bit of a slog but I'm determined to get to the end eventually. I'm at 88% of the way through according to the Kindle, so the end is in sight. I've satisfied my initial curiosity about the topic, and I spend a lot of time looking things up in German still. But I suppose the only way to fix that latter issue is to keep reading. I think after this one I'll try that German translation of a Star Trek: Voyager novel I remember reading in the late 90s. I don't remember anything *about* it, but I can remember that I read it. :lol:

I've not been doing Duolingo much recently, which is because some days I just find it really tedious and can't be bothered even just maintaining a streak. Not sure if the Polish course is especially hard or if it's just the language itself compared to things like French or Dutch where I have a lot of help from related languages that I know better.

So I've been keeping in contact with languages more than actively "studying" as such, though I suppose it depends on what counts as studying. I decided I should probably have Spanish or German subtitles on when watching things on Netflix in English for the practice. And that's also a nice low-impact "exercise" for the days when I'm not feeling great.
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Re: Chove's Log (Spanish, German, Polish, French)

Postby DaveAgain » Wed Sep 08, 2021 12:38 am

chove wrote:'Römische Geschichte Für Kinder' is being a bit of a slog but I'm determined to get to the end eventually. I'm at 88% of the way through according to the Kindle, so the end is in sight. I've satisfied my initial curiosity about the topic, and I spend a lot of time looking things up in German still. But I suppose the only way to fix that latter issue is to keep reading. I think after this one I'll try that German translation of a Star Trek: Voyager novel I remember reading in the late 90s. I don't remember anything *about* it, but I can remember that I read it. :lol:
You might want to try using the Goethe eLibrary, you can skim thru a lot of books looking for one that you're comfortable with, without spending any money.
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Re: Chove's Log

Postby chove » Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:54 am

I finally finished 'Römische Geschichte für Kinder', hooray! Feels like I was reading that book for years but I think it can't have been more than a few months.
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