This now seems a bit obvious but I have a tendency to force myself through the motions of getting my material done (Don't want to lose that streak, yo!) and gamification raises issues where I'll go through the motions of doing the lesson but only to complete it and not for the value of learning or enjoyment. I can square off two hours of robotic Memerise (I am going to complete that dang, Setswana course!), but I'm being mechanical about it. Her 45 minutes of quality activity are probably a more effective use of her time. And it doesn't add grains to the dread bag.
The dread bag is my imaginary sack where I place all the things I dread doing, the small frustrations and frictions that I experience doing something. These might be huge (I really, really wish I wasn't doing this, ugh! It's like chopping my fingers off and making lunch with them!) or tiny (meh, maybe a coffee and I can complete this.) But these grains add up, and once the bag is full, I'll procrastinate or drop an activity until the bag is empty. And the bag has memory! If I am frustrated with something for long enough, that bag is more difficult to empty each time.
So, German. And what does the above have to do with my learning strategy? Well, if I am going to adjust my study material to the day to day attitude and energy I needed to think about what material I did have and how I feel about it. I don't want to spend an hour searching for a good youtube video if I don't feel like studying grammar. And do I feel grammar requires a lot of energy?
So, what I intend to do is write out my "menu". What are the German language activities I want to practice (podcasts, Drops, assimil, grammar... etc) and note for each how much energy, mood they need, what modality they improve (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and use this as a quick guide on a day to day. Should also help me to organise my material. If I can't find it, I can't do it.
There are a few ideas there that might be worth a thread of their own... (or a podcast topic @rdearman?)
In any case, I was also complaining on the quality of TV in Germany. So I tasked myself to find a list of shows with potential. Here it is:
- Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter
- Deutschland 83
- Der Gleiche Himmel
- Babylon Berlin
- Dark (not necessarily easy to follow...)
- 4 Blocks
- Heute Show (ZDF Mediathek)
- Neo Magazin Royale
- Mord mit Aussicht and Tatortreiniger
- Türkisch für Anfänger
- Ku'damm 56
- You are wanted
- Polizeiruf 110
- Die Anstalt
Now I'm off to see which of these I enjoy!