While still staying focused on Swedish and Icelandic, I've been mentally toying with how to approach and structure any possible additional language(s) I might want to have along just for fun and curiosity's sake. I know there are at least a few forumers who engage with several languages regularly, with small chunks of time, but whenever I've tried it myself it doesn't seem to work out for me. Maybe I haven't approached it the right way though. I'm not sure if there is a low-effort, low-commitment method to acquiring a language to a mediocre (but improvable) level, especially for smaller languages. Or maybe I make it a bit too ambitious and structured whenever I try.
For now, I've got one on the side that I'm doing semi-seriously as much as time permits. The shiny-and-new thing is always the easier thing to sink time into, but so far I'm managing to make sure I spend my quality time on Swedish and Icelandic. There are two other languages I'm curious about and want to test out, but it gets a bit hard to manage unless I start shrinking every language down to 30 minutes. I know that's how some people make it work, but particularly with Icelandic right now I like being able to put in 60+ minutes on as many days as I can so that I feel like I'm moving forward with it. I guess if I'm not serious about these other languages and truly just want to have them along for fun/curiosity, then it should be alright to squeeze in 15 or 20 minutes for a little while until I either get bored or serious. But then I'm not quite sure what to work with from the start. Maybe I should just grab the audio from 50languages for now. Get the $1 subscriptions from LangugaePod101 for each language and download as many lessons as I can in one month. Actually that's kind of a good way to gauge true interest: have access to resources but never touch them? I probably am not that interested.
Oh well I'll update more on that when I figure out more.
Another thing I've been trying to do in time management improvement is have forum-free days (sacrilege!) and then after X days away from the forum, have a forum-binge day where it's the reverse dynamic (as much forum as I want and no guilt for neglecting study). Buuuuuuuut I'm still here aren't I??
Maybe one of these days I'll become a studious person, but for now I'm lazy and noncommittal. Also I honestly think the degree of wanderlust I experience is directly proportional to how much time I spend reading about language learning. In particular about languages I am not currently learning
Maybe I'd drop all the side-language ideas if I ever succeeded at reducing the frequency with which I read about language learning.
Onto the languages:Icelandic:
Getting into Colloquial Icelandic
unit 11 finally. Accommodations. I'm bored just reading the title. The first dialogue, the transcript of which I have not yet read, is about booking a room at a hotel. For the last few dialogues, I've been taking some "blind" listens before starting to read along with the audio, and I have been pleased with how much I am able to understand. I can not only determine what's going on, but also work out some of the new vocabulary just from the context. Of course, Colloquial has been uneven in this regard, where in the early units one dialogue would seem like a comfortable progression from the previous one, and then the next dialogue would be i+50. I’ll likely be slapped in the face with incomprehensible material again at some point, but for now I’ll take the little confidence boost from understanding new audio material before reading and deciphering.
My listening to podcasts has fallen by the wayside and I intend to pick that back up. On the other hand, I have kept up with Anki. I've made the adjustments to my decks that are described in the links in my last update. I'm looking forward to an improved Anki experience going forward.Swedish:
It's almost boring to talk about what I'm doing with Swedish because it's just the same thing all the time. Listening and reading. I wrapped up Bron
a few days ago, and was quite pleased with how the series ended. I was also thrilled with my listening comprehension for most of the series. I am realizing that I have good days and bad days and neither of them are representative of the average. By the end of the series there were entire scenes where it seemed like I could hear every single word perfectly and be able to process and understand with absolutely no effort. There were also scenes where I'd feel the need to switch the Swedish subtitles on and even skip back 15 seconds to catch what I missed. So, it's uneven, but it's going good places I guess. I'm happy with it right now. I'm sure in a month I'll swing back to feeling like it's not good enough, but I'm happy right now
I'm now back to listening to the Röta
audiobook. I struggle to pay attention to audio-only things, which is a good part of the reason why I fell off the Icelandic podcasts too, but with Swedish I make more effort to stick with things since I can actually understand the things I'm hearing
But my attention just seems to drift no matter what. If I have the audiobook playing while I do chores/busywork like folding laundry, then I'll just not seem to be able to "listen" properly. If I have the audiobook on and am not doing something else at the same time, my mind wanders and/or I start looking for things to do with my hands and/or eyes. It's a constant effort to consciously bring myself back to the task at hand.
On the positive side, YA audiobooks seem to be another area where I am quite happy with my listening comprehension. I can feel so surprised sometimes that I'm able to understand anything, nevermind understand it well, because it feels like it happened all of a sudden and without really trying. (Both are lies, it improved gradually, and I sure as heck did and do try!!! Imposter syndrome anyone??)
Still reading Harry Potter och fången från Azkaban
! I can hardly bring myself to read for a full 30 minutes every night. However, despite breaking for a couple weeks to watch Bron
, I feel like my reading is better right now. It feels smoother, and like I have to look up less. Could just be an easier section of the book.
Other than the above I'm just keeping up with Anki reviews. I keep meaning to make some new cards but... I don't.
And since I started this post off with the "other" stuff, I have nothing to wrap up with