Do you get this « back to school » vibe as well when September is around the corner? Even though I graduated a long time ago, I still feel the need to buy pretty school supplies, check out new study books and to repeat to myself « This year I’ll study harder». « This year, I really have a plan ».
Long time no see. I haven’t been posting here for a while. But you know. Summer. Vacations. Procrastination. The feeling I’m not progressing at all in my target language and that I’ve nothing to « clear from my list ». But here I am again!
Summer was a great time to reflect on my language learning and on my study methods. I realized the time I spent planning and thinking about studying was enormous compared to the actual “quality study time”. I also came to the conclusion that goal setting, at least the way I was doing it, was not the most efficient method to keep me motivated (we’re in the same boat Elena!). Micro goals even turned out to be a source of frustration.
Creating routine seemed, to me, a lot more powerful. And by that, I don’t mean to cram some learning time while brushing my teeth or anything like that (although some people might enjoy it, which is also great). Just creating little habits that fit perfectly with my lifestyle. I think Lindsay and Eurolinguiste wrote some great articles about this.
For example, I walk to work almost everyday with a Pimsleur episode, and I absolutely love it. I almost never miss a day, without any effort. Sometimes I even walk under the rain just to be able to have my lesson of the day.
I tried to think of other daily habits I had. One of them was to read the news in the morning. I recently discovered Readlang, a cool device that helps you translate individual words from any text, including websites. I’ll talk more about it in a review, but this helped me using a lot more authentic Korean material (ex. fresh news). Of course, I’m still not fluent enough to read my morning news in Korean, but looking at some easy articles is interesting.
Another habit I have is to watch Youtube videos. So I’ve also created a Youtube account where I only subscribed to Korean channels. The interesting thing is that a lot of Korean vloggers add Korean subtitles to their videos, making them easier to decode. I also try to leave comments whenever I can. Aaaand I’ve started doing Korean videos, presenting some aspects of the Canadian life on my channel. For now, I keep the channel secret (too secret, maybe!), but I’ll keep you posted if I ever changed my mind.
In July, I participated to the #languagediarychallenge. A big shout out to Katie from Joy Of Language who created that opportunity for us to exchange in our target language. The idea is simple: you post everyday (or whenever you like) a video or a message on Instagram in your target language. At first, it was very hard for me to do so, since written Korean is my weak spot. Then after a few posts, I slowly gained more confidence. Doing it regularly (and having an excuse to do so), was a nice way to include a bit of Korean output into my routine and to be consistant with it.
So I intend to participate to the challenge once again in September. Not every day, but often enough. Inspired by other bloggers (you have probably seen Tiia’s French videos over the summer), I might even try video posts. Who knows.
That’s the plan for now. I hope to see you around !
#ClearTheList is all about reflecting on your progress of the past month and setting new language learning goals for the coming weeks. It’s hosted by Lindsay (Lindsay Does Languages), Kris Broholm (Actual Fluency), Angel Pretot (French Lover), and Shannon Kennedy (Eurolinguiste). There are a lot of cool language related blogs to discover at the same time. If you’d like to join the party, you can find the rules and more information here: