CarlyD's 2020/2021 German Log

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CarlyD
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Languages: English (N), Spanish--A1/A2, German--now studying (A1.1)
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Re: CarlyD's 2020 Log--mostly German

Postby CarlyD » Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:30 pm

Dr Mack Rettosy wrote:
CarlyD wrote:Getting ready for another 6 Week Challenge. This will be the year that I bump it up to Intermediate. Of course I've been saying that for how long?

And here's a shot at uploading someone else's schedule with the times:

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I really enjoy charts like this. They are great primers for day-dreaming about language learning progress! Hadn't known others had made similar charts! I made a chart for learning Chinese Mandarin which can be seen here:https://forum.language-learners.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=16180&start=10#p177364. But love this one!


I like your chart. It's always nice to say--"well, if I try a bit, it will work"--and then stark reality hits and says if you want it, you have to work for it.

Every time I start getting lazy and sliding back to 30 minutes a day, I look at my chart again.
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2021 365 Challenge German: 59 / 366
2020 366 Challenge German and Spanish: 366 / 366
Super Challenge German Films: 20 / 4500
Super Challenge German Books: 226 / 2500

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CarlyD
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Re: CarlyD's 2020/2021 German Log

Postby CarlyD » Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:28 pm

A new year. A better year? We'll see.

Changes for me for 2021:

1. The 30-minutes a day for the 365 Challenge is an emergency total. Like when desperately ill or something. My basic minimum is now 60 minutes and my daily goal is 3 hours. According to FSI, this will get me fluent (if used wisely) in 1.25 years. Since I already have some German, and I'm not trying for total fluency, this should work.

2. Tuesdays and Thursdays will continue to be my "short" days, due to my work schedule. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will be my long days, with 3 hours minimum.

3. Yes, I will read every day. Bilingual, German only, my puzzle books. Doesn't matter.

4. I keep dancing around this idea of using German in my daily life--which I should have been doing from Day 1. All the books/websites seem to consider "daily life" as meeting friends in cafes and ordering in restaurants. Apparently, I'm super boring, because my daily life centers around financial analysis, hobbies and my dogs. So I need to make to make scripts of what I really talk about. How many times have I said that? 12 million. I have a deadline of this Sunday for my first 3 scripts.

5. USE IT. Stop reading Facebook posts and thinking--"I could answer that." Actually answer that. If I get it wrong--well, people with native English post horribly spelled, no-actual-grammar posts every day on Facebook and no one bats an eye. Post. Get laughed at. Move on. Make 2 posts by Sunday, then figure out a goal.

Enough for now. I'll see how it's shaking out on Sunday.
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2021 365 Challenge German: 59 / 366
2020 366 Challenge German and Spanish: 366 / 366
Super Challenge German Films: 20 / 4500
Super Challenge German Books: 226 / 2500


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