August 28th, 2013

too cool

어제부터 언어 두개를 공부하기 시작했어요

For the last few days I've been going pretty hardcore with the studying.

Korean... I've started reading The Little Prince in Korean. I'm just reading a chapter a day. I want to finish up the books I own (which includes a picture book and a book by Albert Camus) and then I'll go out and purchase some Harry Potter books. I've been upping the listening comprehension and I've started shadowing exercises, which is difficult, but my tutor says it's a great way to study. 이번주부터 더 열심히 공부할 거야~

Yesterday I ended up starting French again, using the Assimil French with Ease textbook. I'm doing each lesson as the textbook instructs, which takes approximately 20-30 minutes a day. You're supposed to do one lesson a day, which means I'll be finished on (sigh) February 14, 2014. Then I have a sequel to this textbook which will last another 6 months. Based on personal accounts I've read, the combination of textbooks will result in a B2 CEFR level, which is more than adequate for a year of study. Fortunately I have Kristy, who is fluent in French, and we're talking about going to France next year for vacation.

Sometime in December I'm going to pick up Russian again to intensively study, although I'm probably going to start dabbling a bit before then. I am also really wanting to pick up a variety of other languages (Japanese! Norwegian! Italian!) but I gotta stay focused. I can't let myself get sidetracked by shiny objects. I'll allow myself the chance to pick up one new language each year from here on out. Unfortunately, due to my desire to regain my French/Russian skills, this year is forfeit. Anxiously awaiting summer 2014! (Which will probably be Japanese, in preparation for graduate school... okay, I guess I should look forward to 2015 instead.)

Of course, I say all of this now, when I'm just working half days/16 hours a week. Next week I'll be back to my normal 28 hours, plus Book Club, so I'll probably struggle to get all of the studying in that I want to. And then next year I'll be studying Korean hardcore in an attempt to get ridiculously fluent. We'll see how this goes.
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