It was the first week of Samoan. I liked it. I’m obviously still in my honeymoon phase, but I am so happy to learn this. There are so many things about Samoan that are so different from any other language I have tried yet and if you combine that with the fact that my resources are SO much more limited this time, one might think that I would have gotten frustrated rather quickly.
In fact I have learned a lot about Samoan and language learning in general that I though I would like to share with you here:
Old and limited resources are not a problem
The older resources, that are not designed around a language learner Continue reading
Ups and downs of Language learning
Crazy, crazy, busy week. I’ve been doing projects at work and almost all my time has been devoted to them. I love the projects, but it has meant a lot of things have been put to lower levels, including this blog. I’ve missed it a lot. There is so much good that comes out of this blog. I truly do hope that I can help others learn languages. I don’t try to give false expectations on what it does and doesn’t take as a language learner, but I hope to give small advice and encouragement.
All that said, this blog helps me more than I think I help others. It helps me organize my thoughts, set a game plan and be accountable for what I say I am going to do. I’m not always successful, but I hope this blog helps keep me going even when things get the hardest.
Since it has been almost a week since I have been able to be on to write, I thought I would give a little summary of the ups and downs of my week. Despite not being able to write, I have had many an opportunity to feel good and bad. So here they are.
Despite my business, I have kept a solid learning routine. Continue reading
Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)
This week, I’ve had a little bit of an accomplishment. It’s nothing large, but I did finish the Destinos Telecourse. Not a real easy thing in that there are over 50 episodes, most of which are all in Spanish. I do feel happy to know how it ends and to say I finished it.
By finishing it, I am now left me without a regular thing to listen to. So I’ve been searching and I found my self back at lingq.com. For those who don’t know Lingq.com, It is a website with an extensive library of audio and transcripts to go along with them. All the words can then be either marked as words your know, or one can create a “lingq” with the definition for review later. As I was using the website, I was reminded of some important things that we need to know when we are learning a new language.
The words we “know” are not the same in everything
Lingq.com likes to make a big deal out of the words you “know.” Continue reading
Here it is, the leaked post title that came out way to early. I finally have written what I was thinking about the subject. I was half tempted not to write anything, I actually got a lot of views to my site and even a comment with that little title. It seems it may some think, which is what I would hope it would do.
Ultimately I decided to put my thoughts down. I’m a bit to arrogant not to let my own thoughts come out on the subject. I do, however, encourage discussion and would like to hear how I am wrong. My feelings don’t get hurt I promise. Anyway, enough stalling:
So what do you mean, “Fluent like a kid?”
This may be a different meaning than some would think, but this comes from the perspective of a parent who has been a part of raising 4 wonderful children. Continue reading
Language (Photo credit: Jan Marlyn Reesman)
Last post I talked about which languages I’m not learning next year. This means that there only 3 left that I could be possible learning. Once again, for full disclosure, I’ve already chosen the language. I know which one I learning, I just trying to build a little drama around the pick I guess. On that note, don’t forget to take the poll on which language you think I will learn next.
Also on the right you will notice a big old count down calendar. Thanks to a comment that was left of my fake post, I realized I had the year in wrong and now it’s counting down properly. Not only are there 3 languages left, but there are 3 months left. 3 months to get as fluent as I can. So I have reprioritized myself and set some goals to get me through the next 3 months.
More Speaking off the cuff
I have spent a good deal of my time, inadvertently practicing my speaking in a very structured manner. Continue reading
Yesterday, many of you found out how I write. Normally, I come up with ideas for what to write about and I make drafts with the titles. Then when I have time to sit down to actually write, I have a whole shelf of ideas to write from. Oddly enough, yesterday I accidentally hit publish and didn’t know until the next day. Now you know, the secret is out. What will I ever do?
This post is one of those posts. I have had this post on my shelf for a bit now, but didn’t exactly know how to use it until recently. The idea came about due to a child hood memory. I found a way to get cable TV into my bedroom. I used to watch all kinds of odd shows at night. One night I watched a movie based on a true story about an American who went to China to teach English. While there, he was taught Kung Fu from a master in China, despite the Chinese government doing all it could to hinder his access to the master.
Recently, I remembered that show, but I couldn’t remember who was in it or what it was even called. I google searched and google searched until I found the Title: Iron and Silk. Shortly after that, I found a version of it to watch and enjoyed it again. That’s when I found a forgotten scene.
The Master becomes the student….kinda
During his studies, the master asks his American student to teach him English. Continue reading