Why do you write a language log here?

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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby IronMike » Mon May 11, 2020 6:45 pm

For the groupies...
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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby tarvos » Mon May 11, 2020 6:57 pm

Yeah, for the groupies and to denote what I've done. The groupies are suspiciously lacking though :P
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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby rfnsoares » Mon May 11, 2020 7:10 pm

teapot wrote:I’m grateful to be able to read them, but what do you get out of writing one? Does it help you in some way, or are you trying to give something back?

I've tried to keep a log on the forum in order to practice my English skills, but I found it extremely time consuming, so I gave up, sort of... Since my main focus is to read and listen I thought that it would be a waste of time. Let me be honest, I only use my target languages to read and enjoy movies, youtube videos and tv shows. Even speaking is something I do not need, although English is very useful for travelling.
Lately I've been thinking of restarting my log, but I would be writing on it only in my native language (or sometimes in English). Of course I wouldn't get my readers though... :?
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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby Iversen » Mon May 11, 2020 9:22 pm

There are few other places where it feels logical to write in as many languages as you can manage - but I'm aware that some readers skip those parts that aren't in English or one of their own target languages. That being said, I do however write more text in English than most members do - just with something else in between.

Or maybe people dislike my slightly nerdish choice of topics, but I write about the things I like to read about, and as far as I can see I haven't scared everybody away yet.
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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby rdearman » Mon May 11, 2020 9:53 pm

I like to write. :D

But the reason I write in the log is simply because of the replies and responses I get. Words of encouragement, hints, tips, resources and sometimes just good old conversations! So please feel free to write in my log! I love the interaction. If all I were doing was recording what I'd studied, I'd have quit years ago.
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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby teapot » Mon May 11, 2020 10:22 pm

Thank you all for your considered replies. I guessed at some of the reasons given, but not all of them.

I’ve been keeping a log of my learning, but privately. Like some of you, I find the self-reflective process of writing an entry often sparks ideas about ways to improve. I guess I was curious about the additional benefits that sharing a log publicly might bring. You’ve helped me get an insight, and I shall consider starting one.

Thanks again.
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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby lavengro » Mon May 11, 2020 10:34 pm

I have created a log purely to help populate a plausible backstory for my assigned identity after being dragged (unwillingly, I might add) into a source witness protection programme after getting transitioned across the border. If "Lefty" Kincaid pops around asking any questions, do me a solid and pretend you know me, and tell him that while I am not a particularly good language learner, it is unlikely that I am a rat.
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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Tue May 12, 2020 4:14 pm

I keep a log to now and then remind myself of what I've been doing over the years. It seems that I have followers and that they also appreciate my posts.
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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby gsbod » Tue May 12, 2020 5:59 pm

Writing the log is a reflective process which helps me make sense of things and, hopefully, makes me a better learner. Knowing that other people may read my log helps to give my writing some focus in a way that I would miss if I was writing it just for me.

It's nice to have some interaction with other experienced learners if I've hit a particular stumbling block. And I'd like to think that my log is of occasional practical use to people who read it.
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Re: Why do you write a language log here?

Postby lingua » Wed May 13, 2020 1:06 am

I keep a log because it helps to keep me motivated since I'm a procrastinator and am prone to not do anything but read Italian or English otherwise. When I have time I will read all the logs but when time is limited I only read the ones that cover the same languages I study. I like to see what sources other people use, what methods they use as well as share my own in hopes it will help others.
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