Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby Denzagathist » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:02 pm

This is late, but I was traveling during New Year’s and then sick. Time to write my post and finally close this tab on my Internet browser!

I don’t quite remember what my specific resolutions were for 2018, but I think they basically amounted to the following:
- improve your Japanese (because you live in Japan)
- improve your German (because you might be moving to Germany)

With such horribly vague goals, it’s easy to claim success. I did improve my Japanese a great deal in the first half of the year, but then I left Japan and stopped using Japanese altogether, so I may have lost most or all of that progress. German, on the other hand, has come a long way. I don’t think I was even conscious of the extent to which my German had become rusty after several years of neglect, but I’ve certainly revived it now to the level it once was at, and improved it further. I’ve been living in Germany for about 4 months now with almost no (language-related) difficulty. In the spring I added the goal of drastically improving my vocabulary in Greek, because it was kind of embarrassing how limited it was. That’s not a task that can ever truly be completed, but I can say with certainty that my Greek vocabulary is far better than it was a year ago.

I wrote more detailed goals for 2019 in my personal notes already, but I’ll share the gist of them here:
- Maintain/strengthen/solidify/reactivate: Croatian, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish (all approximately C1, some rusty)
- Greek: Continue plugging away at Greek to reach stronger B2 or approach C1. I expect to spend at least a couple weeks in Greece this summer.
- Italian: I’m already easily B2 in passive skills, but I’d like to be solidly B2 in active production as well. Motivation: possibly visiting Italy during the summer.
- Turkish: My Turkish has atrophied a lot since I studied in Istanbul a few years back, and it’s embarrassing. I’d like to get it back up to a solid B2.
- Japanese: I’ve put so much effort into Japanese and it’s a shame to just lose it. I’d like to bring it back to the level I was at before I left Japan (high B1 ~ low B2). Beyond that I don’t really care.
- Mandarin: Mandarin is on hold for now. My goal is not to forget everything and maybe maintain my A2~B1 level.
- Persian: I’ve been saying for years that this will be be the year that I really devote myself to Persian and finally reach B2. This year probably won’t be any different, but the goal remains high B1 or B2.
- Arabic: I started studying Arabic a couple weeks ago, inspired by an upcoming trip to Morocco this spring. I don’t know how much time I can realistically dedicate to Arabic, but something like A2 in MSA by the end of 2019 would be great. I doubt I’ll have the brain/willpower to start looking the dialects in any real capacity, but if I do then all the better.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby zenmonkey » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:31 pm

Oh, boy.

Instead of resolutions, I think I'll go for hopes and aspirations. For 2019, I'd like to actively continue with my language learning. Dabble a little with French and Spanish and do a bit of reading and writing, just for maintenance. Reduce my constant use of English. But my real aspirations for the year, in terms of language learning are:

German
  • Prepare for the C1 test. This means being fairly fluent and will require work in grammar, vocabulary and even pronunciation. Read and listen a lot. Watch a bit of German shows - I've got a great list. I'd hope to continue our exchange sessions with Brun Ugle.
  • Focus my activity much more on native material.
  • Spend at least 2 hrs a week.
Hebrew
  • Complete Assimil & FSI. Really I'd like to move this to a solid A2 level. I've been futzing around this last year and need more consistently, if I want to get anywhere with this.
  • Take a pause from italki lessons until February.
  • Spend at least 2 hrs a week.
Tibetan
  • Complete Colloquial Tibetan and Modern Tibetan Language Volume 1. I really like what I've achieved in the last year and think that continued work here will be truly enjoyable.
  • Take a pause from italki lessons until February.
  • Spend at least 2 hrs a week.
Setswana
  • I'm going to complete that damn Memrise course. I've fallen behind! I may not go beyond the Polyglot conference (if I attend) but I would like to continue studying Setswana at least up to that date.
  • Spend at least 1 hrs a week.
Other Languages
  • Activate my Portuguese - over the winter vacations I had two opportunities to speak it and mostly waffled. I was nicely reminded that my father and brother are pretty fluent, if hesitant. So I have family resources to practice.
  • Tzotzil and Nahuatl - do a bit of exploratory study to figure out which of the two I want to tackle next. No real solid goals there but mostly feed the dragon. And have fun with it.
  • Esperanto - I want to continue to fervently avoid learning this language. I am involved in projects where some of the communication is proposed in Esperanto. I do not want to spend time on it. It isn't part of my goals, so I hope to actively avoid it.
  • Norwegian - Someone keeps trying to distract me with this language. I have some material, I hope to barely look at it.
Seven hours a week of language learning seems aspirational to me. We'll see! I plan to continue to enjoy myself.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby Chupito » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:04 am

coldrainwater wrote:yielding a minimum of about 25 new podcasts for 2019, all above my current level.


That's a great number. I intend to spend a lot of time listening to podcasts and audiobooks later in the year but won't devote as much time looking for them and trying them out so I would love to hear your reviews/recommendations. The one I've tried and loved so far is radio ambulante, but I'll want to introduce more variety at some point.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby coldrainwater » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:52 pm

Chupito wrote:
coldrainwater wrote:yielding a minimum of about 25 new podcasts for 2019, all above my current level.

That's a great number. I intend to spend a lot of time listening to podcasts and audiobooks later in the year but won't devote as much time looking for them and trying them out so I would love to hear your reviews/recommendations. The one I've tried and loved so far is radio ambulante, but I'll want to introduce more variety at some point.

You bet. I will be glad to share what I find. This year, I am definitely giving myself more flexibility with respect to what I read and listen to. It has already been interesting (so far more in the reading department than in the listening but the pendulum swings both ways). I have your log bookmarked and wish you the best of luck in the coming months. Enjoy the journey.
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Re: Language related New Year's resolutions for 2019

Postby Chupito » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:56 pm

coldrainwater wrote:You bet. I will be glad to share what I find. Enjoy the journey.


Thanks. I've bookmarked yours too and will read it when I'm in the mood for some forum Spanish reading.

I'll post my resolution for Spanish. I begun in November 2018, so they are based on 14 months rather than a year.
  • 500 hours of Spanish
  • 5 000 "words" AKA 5 000 active Anki cards from a deck I am creating based on the courses I'm doing, the content I see, and a frequency dictionary.
  • 300 hours of audio (TV shows, movies, podcasts, audiobooks, etc) to complete the Double Super Challenge Audio only. I'm including dubs and translations as well as original content but it needs to be recorded by natives and for natives, not learners. I'm OK with using subtitles and transcripts but I want to be able to follow along most content without help and with relative ease and a good understanding by the end of the year.
  • I'm hoping to start a new job this year and my potential employer offers language classes, based on the results of a placement test. On a scale from 0 to 9, I'm aiming for 4 in April or 5/6 in August to get access to more interesting classes. From what I surmise, it means having achieved A2.
  • By the end of the year, it would be nice to have reached B1.
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