I won’t stop following your log, until you finally stop being so hard on yourself. And even after that I can’t promise anything.
Jeez, give yourself at least some credit.
I can never stop. I can never do enough. *flips table in rage* But thank you. (Here
is how I feel, in the stylings of my dad's Chicago Polish.)
I knew you wouldn't like it as soon as I posted it lol
I have been thinking about it as well. But I don't think we should take that advice too much to heart.Yeah sure, try to be as efficient as possible but I mean many of those people had years of experience with several languages, while we are merely on our first. I don't mind struggling, failing and complaining - for me it's all trail, error and learning from others.
Lol, no te pongas así, mujer. You are doing more than 99% of adult monolinguals that are in my study group. You really need to enjoy your accomplishments once in a while.
I think you need to find something to entertain yourself with in Spanish, just to have an opportunity to enjoy the language a bit. For me it was silly Youtube videos and manga. I am sure there is something that you'll like, just spend some time looking and don't be so hard yourself!
It's not your fault, so if you think it is, don't worry. I recently went back to read one of my favorite manga, and I was disenchanted with it even when I had liked it well enough as a teenager. Either the plot's wack or I'm no longer a weeb (who am I kidding). So I don't even like the things I claim to like, when I didn't force myself. I like the podcast (Vice) and its topics. I think I'm just frustrated with the accent and the speed. Normally I'd listen to the subject matter - should we go to college or not? - in English because I've searched that many times in Google. I am easily frustrated, always have been. And I am
working on taking people's recommendations. I asked for a bunch and am slowly trying them out. I have a Gmail/YouTube dedicated to my interests separate from my personal account and I plan to watch all the channels you recommended me and the Spanish Group so I get a good feed going.
I want B2 so bad, but maybe not so bad I can taste it, you know? Something about me likes the struggle. Maybe I just like to complain. I'm trying to be a more moderate version of myself that gets things done instead of a wild and confused young adult animal.
And it was a false alarm. I didn't count the animated shorts, Sherlock
, or Supernatural
or that animated kids movie in my round-up. So the updated count is: ~52 hours. Did I miss anything else, I wonder?
AndyMeg wrote:It is better if you find something that you enjoy doing in the language for the activity itself and not only for the sake of language learning. For example, I improved my english vocabulary by leaps and bounds when I started reading english translations of japanese manga. At that time my objective wasn't even improving my english, my objective was to enjoy those stories that just happened to only be available in japanese or in english (and at that time I had zero knowledge of japanese, so english was my best bet).
And as for recommendations, maybe you could try watching "Casi Angeles". I think they have an official channel in Youtube and they are uploading all the episodes. There are four seasons in total and each one has more than 100 episodes which would give you a lot of time to adapt to their speaking habits and a lot of repetition which is usually great for learning. The first season is a bit slow and repetitive, but starting from season 2 the series catch a good pace.
, huh? I'll look at it when I get home tomorrow. Maybe I could just start from season 2, I don't mind... Haha. I've considered reading the manga I mentioned above in Spanish translation. Maybe I could do that, too. It's a pretty popular manga, though I do hate repetition at times so I'd only read the new chapters which come out monthly. Hmm, that might not be good. Thank you for the recommendations.
StringerBell wrote:Apparently I'm taking over your log today!
EDIT: I don't want to clog up your log with a bunch of nonsense, so I deleted the vids I posted.
No need to delete them. I don't mind reading through posts and replying. I have since contacted a few people for language exchange, but these type of things never seems to work out for me since I never know how to vet them/sort through them. I found only a couple girls that were interested in k-pop. I messaged them and got some replies. I'm just worried I'll get addicted if we ever get something going. I was chatting with a girl a couple weeks ago almost non-stop for two and a half hours instead of doing my homework. I'm hoping I can learn by exposure. I've asked one girl to just use whatever words she feels comfortable with because I need to learn new ones. She offered to write in words I understand, but I was like, "no" and inwardly like "I am stuck at B1 oh Lord help me I need to learn new things" so I swiftly shut that down. I just hope asking them for definitions when I can't find them doesn't turn them off of chatting with me. Like I said above, I'm trying to build a library of things I like slowly. I have a real problem with not understanding instantly, even in my native language, to the point I bad mouth myself in front of everybody (though not strangers [in person], usually). Thank you for your advice. See, guys? I'm trying to not be resistant to change and help!
I freaked out, and today wasn't that bad. I listened to @Jaleel10
's Vice podcast again, and if I concentrated, I maybe got 78~82%. Though defining comprehension is difficult, as we've discussed on this forum. Spanish youngins are just like us! Wow, who knew.
Still a slow go, though. They recommended Boyhood
as a movie to watch, and Bruce Springsteen? I vaguely remember that movie, and Bruce Springsteen's my man. Sometimes. He gets a little political. Add 33 minutes to the round-up! (The quoted number above already includes this.)
"He's satisfied with himself. If you have a soul you can't be satisfied."
- Graham Greene (given to me by @reineke)