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For quite some time now I've been hesitating with starting a learning log here. I finally decided to give it a go, since I don't have anything to lose anyway.
So here it is.My log.
Something about my adventure with language learning.
Formally, I had to attend to almost 10 years of lessons in school. It would probably add up to hundreds of hours of "learning", that in reality gave me almost nothing. The most progress I made was connected with watching cartoons when I was 9-10 years old and later watching chess videos and DVD's, all this in English of course. My honest guess would be that I was at B2 level somewhere along the way.But within the years I didn't have much opportunities to speak. My only contact was reading articles and watching quite a few TV series. Ah, and all the papers that I had to read for my master thesis in organic chemistry were also in English. I'd be really curious to find out my current level. My main weaknesses are wrong tense usage and too narrow active volabulary.
That was my nightmare in high school. I barely graduated because of it. I didn't understand anything. After 7 years it came back as I have obligatory German lessons at work. And I started to bit by bit understand how the language works. With time these lessons weren't enough for my and I started to learn on my own. That's how I discovered Anki and SRS. Then I signed up for one Internet course that, after finishing it, I'm quite fond of it, as it explained grammar in a quite understandable way. Seeking ways to improve I dicided to give " Glossika" a try. I made the mistake of following in too religiously, namely doing it only when I had the opportunity to speak along with the recordings. The result of that( and couple of personal issues) is that that I hope to finish the "5-month relaxed course" (I started it in April) by the end of the year. As I'm reaching the end I was seeking ways how to continue my journey. That is what my log will be about for some time. I would like to reach a level that would enable me to put thhis language in maintence mode. I think that would correspond to B2.I hope to reach this level in listening/reading and hopefully writing by October 2018. Speaking will be much harder. Dialang test October 2018
I've wanted to start learning it since about 5 years. I have some old chess books sitting there on my shelf waiting to be read. I hope that someday their patientce will be rewarded.
Ok, so a quick plan, as my post is getting too long. Languages in the order of priority:
Go to native materials- mostly books and audiobooks. I plan to do this in a mixed L-R/Superchallenge/Antimoon style. I will read a book in L1 while listening to L2. Next I will pick up the most interesting sentences and put it in Anki for review, but only in L2. And the Superchallege part of it:
After October do a mini-superchallenge(so it won't by that super) in English.
Fix some grammar issues, mostly connected with wrong tense usage.
More distant future.
I don't really know how often will I update this log. In fact I didn't think much about it. I just hope this will give me motivation to work in a systematic manner.
Suggestions, corrections, loose thoughts are all welcome.