I am back on track with french, because I took some days off. Not because I didn't have the time, but for other reasons.
Mostly I was thinking about other languages, the point of learning french, the point of learning another language at all, serching for other french books etc. Whatever. You get the idea.
I was also on a bad mood for other reasons, but I decided that all of this is simply procrastination of the worst kind: pure excuses to be lazy.
So yesterday I studied for a couple of hours and now I feel like I'm back.
Where am I now, then?
I continue with this partucular course. It's a great course for me.
I continue with french in action, daily. It's good oral/speaking practice, and I like the vintage style Mireille has!
Now, for the challenges:
I don't really do the excercises for each chapter, mailny because I am in a hurry to move on with these loooong books. What a mistake! A big mistake. I should really fix that, because I find myself looking for other drill books, when there are so many of them already in the course.
So, again it all boils down to why am I learning french? This matters, because it defines my behaviour towards the length of time I am willing to spend on french, in terms of months or maybe years.
If I learn because I urgently need a C2 diploma, then what I'm doing is wrong. It will take forever.
If I simply want to learn as much as possible, focusing not only in language but also in culture, then I am on the right path. It will take forever anyway, but that's great because it's a wonderful hobby, being a francophile.
We areall going through some life changing times, and I am no different. This pandemic has forced me to slow down and take a good look at my life, and I can tell you I need to do something for my self, something that has no gain other than itself. A hobby that opens doors of culture and beauty and of other peoples habits. It doesn't have to go anywhere, and, although a diploma would be great, it can't be the real goal, because it's no use to me anyway (being honest here).
I feel liberated thinking like that. No long term goal, just the daily commitment.
Daily commitment: Study from the course daily and [b]do the drills! One FIA video a day. That's the minimum, as I also watch a lot of films, documentaries, etc in french. I do write in my journal, but only small paragraphs yet.
What about other languages?Ok, stop.