I started with 2 FLC objectives, one full FLC (Setswana) and the other library assisted (Czech). I dropped out of the Czech one pretty quickly mostly because of lack of interest. Czech had more resources available than Setswana, but I think part of the challenge is trying to do more with less. I got a lot of help and suggestions from members of the forum and managed to recruit a lot of people into doing Setswana with me. Although they were not doing the FLC and so could purchase resources if they like. Without the luxury of purchasing time with a tutor (I didn't actually find anyone) or purchasing a standard course, I actually think I've done OK.
The Setswana study group
was formed and as a team effort we've discovered a lot of free resources on the Internet and even a soap opera to watch. Memrise courses as well as books, and Peace Corps programs are available. I visited the Botswana embassy in London, but unlike the French they don't promote their language, which is a real shame. I've discovered a lot of resources and posted them in my FLC log
, and into the study group.
I seriously doubt that I've progressed beyond A1 in Setswana. This however is down more to my poor study habits than any lack of material. I think what I learned most by doing this FLC is about the country of Botswana and the people and the culture. I learned a lot more about the Batswana (the people of Botswana, who speak Setswana) as I progressed. So purely from the point of view of cultural awareness I've learned a great deal! In fact I really want to visit Botswana and try to use my poor Setswana at least to say "Dumela Rra" or "Dumela Mma" to people.
The FLC has definitely shown me that there is information and resources out there to learn a language. It has also shown me that the best way to find it is to have access to a bunch of like minded language learners like the ones on this forum.
Sadly at the end of the challenge: Ga ke kgone go bua Setswana. (I don't speak Tswana.) Ke tlhaloganya gannyane. (I understand a little).
Let me end by saying thanks to iguanamon for creating the FLC and thanks to all the people who helped me with my FLC in Setswana. (Ke leboga thuso ya gago!) I encourage everyone to spend a little time thinking about a language they might want to learn in the next FLC !!
Tsamayang sentle! (Stay well everyone!)