WOW where did the last 4 months go? I know it’s been a long time since I even tried to post something on here. It really is amazing how easy it is for us to drop something, even if we enjoy it. There are many
reasons excuses for why I haven’t written, but they can all be summed up into one word: Motivation.
I love many things in my life. I love my wife and kids. I love my Savior I love helping others and I love learning new things. I often have told people that if I could be paid to learn, I would take that job without question.
I also learned, that I like to write. I like blogging. I like putting digital pen to digital paper and posting my incoherent thoughts for all to see. Yeah I know I don’t have this huge following. I just enjoy writing. If someone reads it and enjoys it then all the better, but I write for me.
If you like it so much, why did you lose motivation?
I lost emotion, because I stopped writing and learning for the enjoyment of it. I wasn’t trying to be the next big language blogger, but I also wasn’t writing for my benefit. It became work, a job, a chore. With thing picking up at my paying job, it got harder and harder to WANT to write.
One day, it just happened. I sat down to write and nothing would come out. I have never wanted to write something that wasn’t real. I have mailed in a couple of posts here and there, but there were still from me and my motivation to learn and help others learn. This was different. I couldn’t get a single feeling or thought out. So I didn’t. Next thing you know it been 4 months.
So what have you been up to?
I have focused a lot at work and been doing some minimal Language learning. I will be honest. I haven’t learned any Samoan in the last 4 months. I went back to Spanish. It was easier and felt more natural. Samoan made me make new routines and I just didn’t have the heart do it the last 4 months. Of course I have been with my kids and my family.
So what does the future hold for this blogger? I don’t know but I will guarantee you, what ever happens will be because I enjoy it! And I hope you do too.
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
Samoan Beach Fale – Samoa (Photo credit: whl.travel)
Yes it’s official, I am learning Samoan in 2013. It was a hard decision to make, but ultimately I want my kids to have an understanding of who they are and where they come from. Since they are one-quarter Samoan, I want them to grow up appreciating what that means. This reason was the ultimate reason why I chose Samoan over all the other languages. It has the least practical use for me and the least amount of resources, but it had the highest motivation for me to learn it.
Speaking of resources, I have collected several resources over the last few months using Evernote and I have already started to a Samoan resource page of the ones I have had a chance to review. Samoan does not have a large amount of free resources online like Spanish. A good and bad point is that Samoan does not have a plethora of courses, free or paid, like Spanish does. This means I am not having to filter through a lot of courses, but it also means I have less to choose from.
All of the resources I will be using will primarily come from 3 course manuals I have got my hands on: The book Gangana Samoa, The Peace Corp’s manual for learning Samoan, and the one I am most excited about is the Samoan for Mormon Missionaries. The Gangana Samoan book needs to be purchased, but the other 2 are available on my Samoan resource page.
I am planning on making some changes, going forward, to how I blog. Continue reading
Hello out there. Long time no post, right? Yeah I know it’s been a while, but it’s that time of year. Time to think about God and time to think about family. To be honest, I’ve thought about writing something, but nothing has come to my mind. I’ve been distracted and I am not ashamed to say that I am ok with it, because that distraction was my wife and my kids. I’ve spent the last few days watching Christmases past and making Christmas memories with them. I am so very happy to be married to my beautiful Kiwi wife who has given me 4 wonderful kids (5 if you count our still-born son).
Priorities in life are important
To be honest, that is what this blog is all about. 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
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This has been a crazy week! I have less than a month to get as good at Spanish as I can get, and yet this week went by with hardly any Spanish being learned. It started great and then next thing I know, I am looking at a week of very little Spanish. No progress was made and it’s possible I went a little backwards?
How could I let this happen? To be honest, at first I didn’t know. Sure, I have been busy, but that has never been an excuse to not do at least something to move my progress forward. It’s been bothering me all weekend. And then suddenly, I realized what happened. I broke one of my oldest rules!
What rule did I break?
The rule was find an opportunity to learn in everything I do! Continue reading