Two posts in a week after being gone for a month? Could I be making a comeback?
Anyway, some of you may have noticed I updated my log's first post to reflect summertime studying. Hopefully it's brief enough.
I got started on it a bit early.
I have used a couple more Audible credits to purchase audiobooks in Spanish, and I bought a subscription to JapanesePod101. I'm starting to maneuver all my books around my house for optimal language study. Right now, due to what I chose to focus on, I don't need the Icelandic, Norwegian, or Faroese books, so I can put those away and retrieve the Hindi, Chinese, and Polish, among others.
I already began my Japanese studies this week, trying to read some with japanese.io and taking tests as well as going through dialogs on JapanesePod. I selected "beginner" as a level for my learning plan, and I got 12/14 on the first "diagnostic test" provided. In addition, I took the last test of the unit (N5/N4 Prep) and scored 16/50 which is pretty bad, but for not having fully studied all these months (or even years), I don't consider it a major loss. I did it mostly by ear rather than by learned grammar rule, so maybe that's not what the test intended. However, if I can get a decent enough score at the start, I think the tests might be a mite too easy and poorly designed.
I also used my other Pod subscriptions to study Polish and Chinese. I like getting the Word-of-the-Day emails in Polish, and I signed up for a similar mailing list in Japanese. I try to ask my parents about the word when I see it in my email.
I'm still toying with the idea of Polish lessons... but I'd really only use them for speaking, and my parents are still pretty good at evaluating pronunciation.
Therefore, I think I just need a Pole outside my family to practice a more Standard Polish than what my parents can come up with. My parents speak fine, but as they term it, their speech is, "street Polish". However, I really need to get the grammar down and a core vocabulary in my head first before I attempt to blab.
That's pretty much all I did this week. I took a Chinese test on ChineseClass at the intermediate level (the beginning) and got around 40%. I listened to about 10 minutes of Spanish in audiobook form.
That's about it ~!