I feel that over the past few months since posting the fire under my language learning has been waning a bit. I was supposed to go to Catalonia this summer but ended up not going for a few reasons. Even if I had have gone it's not as though I even speak Spanish or Catalan anyway, although if I thought I was going to go it might have spurred me on to get some practice beforehand, I don't know. I have rescheduled going to Spain for Q2 2020, although likely to the Basque Country (must not get Basque wanderlust).
It has been a while since I did any sort of language test for Spanish, and at the moment I see very little point in it. Anything I turn my attention to I understand pretty much in its entirety. I seldom wonder what a word or expression means, and almost always when one does turn up that I don't know I can work it out from context. Or at least that was my thinking two months ago...
I set out to widen what I read a bit and decided I was going to read at least one book from every category on Goodreads this year. I was challenged a bit by a book about the Spanish civil war
which almost immediately through me in the deep end with a lot of military vocabulary. It definitely got easier after a few (monolingual) dictionary look-ups, and the latter half passed with few unknowns. I'm going to press on with reading through the different categories as I'm sure to be challenged, although having just recently found the forum book club
, I'm keen to keep up with that and other readings as well, so busy busy.
I bought a physical copy of The Little Prince
in Catalan, and then for good measure bought the English and Spanish as well - it might help the other half. It was a bit challenging but I got through it in the end. I've now started listening to the first Harry Potter book in Catalan as an audiobook rather than reading it which fizzled out a while ago. It was an absolute monster to find a copy of I tell you. That makes my Catalan routine a bit of practice on Duolingo (I finished the tree a while back), 10 mins of a kids TV show, some radio when I get time, and a bit of Harry Potter. It's not much, but it keeps me in the flow.
I think on Spanish sentences I've added around 175k, so around the 750k mark now. I keep saying this, but one of these days I'm actually going to estimate it to the best accuracy possible. I have some of the framework for doing so already set up, I just haven't put it together properly.
Nothing much else to add except that I'm still ahead on the Double Super Challenge - indeed I've almost finished the films part, but my schedule does not allow me to transfer that time to do reading instead.