Hi everyone, I'm back! Thank you for all of the good luck messages--I haven't submitted my grad school applications yet, but I've finished writing all of the essays, so that's a big relief. I'm just waiting for my letters of recommendation to come in, and then I'll really be done! So I think I can resume my language studies now.
I've barely done anything language-related in the past month:
- I began watching the Spanish show Valeria on Netflix. I was also inspired to start reading the book it's based on, but I've only read a chapter so far. I missed learning Spanish, so it was nice to return to it for a bit. I've definitely forgotten a lot though. I tried speaking to myself and kept using French words by accident.
- I practiced speaking to myself in French a little bit. I think my pronunciation has definitely gotten worse since I stopped studying French on a daily basis.
I haven't reviewed any of my Anki flashcards in a while. I just checked and I have 215 to review, which isn't too terrible. So right now my goals are:
[ ] Listen to a podcast or watch TV in French.
[ ] Start doing Pimsleur French II.
[ ] Review all of my Anki flashcards.
Since my pronunciation has gotten worse during this hiatus, I think it's important for me to do some listening practice. I also want to go back to doing Pimsleur lessons. I don't know why exactly, but I find Pimsleur lessons so much more enjoyable than the FSI drills.
As for Spanish...I guess it'll be on the back burner again. One of these days I'll take an extended break from French so I can refresh my Spanish, but for now it's too mentally draining and time-consuming to study both languages at once, especially when I'm spending a lot of time on other hobbies too. (I also really want to pick up Ancient Greek some time--I moved all of my Ancient Greek books to a shelf in my living room and now they're always tempting me!)
Anyway, hope everyone else's language studies have been going well!