7-Year French Summary2013
926 hrs 43 min2015
836 hours 29 minutes2016
763 hours 19 minutes2017
682 hours 56 minutes2018
751 hours 52 minutes2019
598 hours 37 minutes
600 hours 39 minutes (edited post last minute binge)
With regards to the above 7-year take on French study hours, the trend was downwards, perhaps for several reasons. An incredibly determined first year of full focus on French (that was 2014) after years of juggling multiple languages and stopping and starting, burn-out, increasing commitments, decreasing energy, less desperation and more comfort with the language, and not to mention 2019 was the most tumultuous year of them all, as we were continually moving and had some really stressful living conditions at times. Of course, it could've been a lot worse, but it didn't help.
I also finished 5th (unless it changes suddenly) in the Super Challenge
this time around with
(edited: 259 films - last minute binge watch) and 130 books, as well as completing my own challenge, The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge
without missing a day. That's pretty successful despite the unsuccessful C2 exam. December 2019
36 hours 10 min of French thus far
. 38 hours 12 minutes (last minute edit post binge watch). Pretty low as far as months go. However, I moved house, have been unpacking, on a short holiday and applying for jobs. I also dropped my French only policy after the C2 exam, completed 21 hours, 21 minutes of Norwegian as well as 25 hours and 15 minutes of Dutch. The Future
I see good things for my French from here on. It's definitely here to stay, but my mission now turns multi-lingual, shifts from desk study focus to more and more stolen moments and family-friendly learning.
In the last few weeks I've proven that I can gain a lot of language learning time and/or exposure if I utilise every second of idle time and language time with the family. I doubt my French will advance that much in terms of C2 or advanced vocabulary as I've decided (at this stage) that French desk-study time, which is the time I could focus on pushing my French further with advanced study, will be limited and not all that necessary. However, I feel my everyday French will only improve. My ability to handle watching TV shows, read books of a relatively not so complex nature will increase. My desk study time, if there will be much, will be used for languages that can't yet take care of themselves via more entertaining avenues or media. Norwegian will take the priority there (at the desk - that is time I have to myself to learn), as I cannot read anything yet in the language, thus I must do the work to get there.
I am going to attempt a multi-lingual learning approach for the coming two years as my current vision. I guess, Expugnator's style of learning comes to mind most, but I have less daily time, thus less languages and most of my study will be done at home, where as his likely starts when he leaves the home each day. And you know what, I don't mind if I don't succeed. It's worth the risk and
the fun, to give it a try. I feel I've earned the right to mess around in a serious manner with multiple languages for a couple of years in an attempt to bring those other languages up to a higher level and now is the right time for so many reasons. I know what it takes to elevate languages to a higher level. I now have valuable experience- insight, patience, trust in the path now. I know how I could improve on my study approaches, and where I went wrong with other multi-lingual approaches prior to my French mission, but this approach will be, as mentioned different to my French approach, as it has to be, if I'm to have a chance of succeeding with it.
So 2019 is over and that's it for the solo French journey, which has really been a near-on 7-year one. Wow, longer than I thought. Okay, I might have a new log in 2020, but if not, I wish you all the best in 2020. Whether or not I have a log, I will
be learning as much as I can.
Edited for adjustment post last-minute binge watching session in final hours of 2019
Another edit here: My new log, commenced 13/01/2020: PM's Target Europe (French, Dutch, Norwegian)