Woop! That was one intense month. I think January 2017 is the perfect example of how life can seriously get in the way of language learning, even with the best events.
First, this happened:
That’s right, I got married 💍💑! I’m super happy about that, of course. And also I’m happy because this ends a six-month marathon to gather the necessary papers and finally get the paperwork to accurately reflect our lives. Or course now we have to do a lot more paperwork to inform everyone and everything that we are married, so this is going to be my German language goal for February.
So, besides that, what happened to my language goals this month?
January 2017 Review
🇪🇸🇵🇹 Spanish and Portuguese
Find a new schedule which works for my language partners and myself to have at least one conversation every other week. - Not quite there yet. I had one Portuguese conversation and no Spanish conversation.
Try and find podcast and/or Youtube channels to listen to/watch. - Totally did not find time for that 😕.
Keep reading - I read official documents. I think that counts. Also I had a wedding ceremony in German, and that’s fancy. Even though I had to say only one word: “ja”.
Create a sustainable routine to study German consistently throughout the year and reach level C1. - Also not quite there yet, but I’m not giving up.
Keep reading :) - I read those three books:
I read Anything you want, because one of my students (Derek Sivers) wrote it. It’s a very good read, very insightful. I recommend it to anyone who would like to build a business.
Keep watching movies with my wife - we paused this. We got sucked up in the awesome series The good wife instead. It’s great for the “netflix and chill” breaks in between work sessions.
Find podcasts in different languages to listen to while cooking.
- I stuck to English. I’m very ashamed but I’d like to blame it on Tim Ferriss and the Tim Ferriss show - There is a lot to learn in each episode and there are over 200 episodes and counting so I might keep listening to it for a while.
Tweak my routine to reach a pace both sustainable and efficient and integrate all my goals in an harmonious manner. - I’m still tweaking. I have successfully experimented with a big habit tracker to track all the activities I complete (almost) daily. It helps a lot.
I also started practicing meditation, and even though it’s not really consistent so far, it does yield some results.
🇸🇪 New Language: Swedish
Study Swedish for ten hours. I did probably six hours, before life got in the way big time and I had to prioritize other projects. I realized that just planning to study for ten hours and scheduling those is not efficient. For my next language I need to choose the ressources I want to use beforehands in order to have some tangible results. So I’m going to do this starting March, hoping that life will have got out of the way by then.
So, now, let’s make a list for February to keep the language learning up in the storm:
Language goals: February 2017
🇪🇸🇵🇹 Spanish and Portuguese:
Have at least one conversation with my language partners in the month.
Deal with all the German paperwork and get it out of the way.
🇬🇧🇫🇷 English / French:
Try and watch at least one movie in French with my wife.
💡 Productivity and routine:
Organize my life to be more travel friendly. I’d like to spend some time out of Berlin in the next months.
Experiment with meditation and minimalism.
Keep tweaking the routine to reach a consistently productive pace.
No new language this month. Too much on my plate at the moment. So I made a less ambitious list this time. I’m sure the month of February will be full of surprises too.
And you, what have you been up to? Leave a comment to let me know.
See you soon. 😘
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