Here I am back in the swing if things. Its crazy. Despite being gone, I am not lacking for ideas and thoughts. It helps to take a step back and write for yourself and not for what you think others want.
A couple of interesting things have happened in the last few days that I thought I would share with you.
How do I get to where you are?
I have mentioned before that I am learning to code and develop workbooks/macros in Excel for work. A year ago, when I started my current job, I knew very little about this kind of thing. But I saw a need for it and so I sat down and worked really hard to learn it and a year later, I have become a primary point of contact, not just in my group but for others as well.
The other day, a good friend of mine at work asked me. “How do I get to where you are now?” That’s a simple question with a complicated answer. How do you ask Mozart how to write music or Davinci how to paint. Ok, maybe those examples are too extreme, I’m not a master at what I do, but the point is the same. It’s not easy to answer.
I still attempted to answer him. I gave a few pointers here and there, but ultimately I gave one advice that I felt was better than any of them: Just do it! I learned more by finding a problem (or making up one) and figuring out how to solve it.
The same is true with language learning. Stop reading about the best ways to learn and just start learning. When you get stuck, come back to a language blog or a grammar book, but then get back on the horse and keep doing. You will get further that way.
Working with Thai
I recently found a job posting for a research analyst in Oregon. The candidate needs to be strong in both Thai and English. I don’t know if the job will ultimately be for me, nor do I know if I would even be considered, but I decided to put a resume in so I can learn more about it. Because of that, I will be emphasizing Thai for at least another month or so.
On that note, I would like to remind you all of the best place to learn Thai: Women Learn Thai….and some men too! Thanks again for reading and enjoy your week.