Oh my, it’s good I didn’t plan anything for September, because my plans would have been all over the place!
First and most importantly, at the end of October I will be leaving London for good. I’ve finally made up my mind and I should have done so earlier: the longer I was here, the more I was aware I would never love this city. I will be back in Bologna for a couple of months and then move on to Sweden at the beginning of 2018.
You can probably imagine this change involves lots of work, stress and worries. Until I settle again my language learning won’t be a top priority, unfortunately. It will hopefully be my way to unwind, though.
So what have I done in September?
Unpredictably, September was focused on French. I had the opportunity to try some free online classes on Lingoda and I am oh so happy I accepted.
It was a positive experience that reminded me how much I love this language and helped me assess my current level and my limits.
I am standing at a solid intermediate level: I can understand pretty much everything I read and most of a conversation. I have some gaps in grammar that I believe I can fix with some focused reviews. Most importantly, I need to acquire vocabulary and more complex structures to bring my French production to the next level. This is kind of a fun phase, because I can do so through authentic materials.
Swedish didn’t get much attention for September, but I studied some sentences every day with Memrise or Duolingo. Yay for little good habits at busy times!
I got a bit nostalgic about Japanese after an interview on Koipun, where I talked about life in Japan and learning languages. But for now I need to be patient, I’m only keeping my ear trained with some videos. By the way, do you know Dogen? He makes humorous videos for advanced learners: he’s so fun and I can’t stop being impressed with his pronunciation!
A lot of my study time this month went into an awesome course on Future Learn about teaching languages through short film: so much inspiration for my work! The course is ending this week, but if you rush you’re still on time to enrol and discover more on the topic.
As you can imagine, I won’t commit to much for October. There are things to sort out, stress to keep under control and quality time to spend with my “London family”.
I will still try to do a little bit every day, be it an app, a few videos, grammar exercises or a post on Instagram.
As I’d like to take proper lessons for a couple of months before moving to Sweden, I might start looking for a Swedish online teacher. I won’t start studying until November, but if any of you lovely people knows a good teacher or website throw it my way!
Not a whole lot of goal planning here, but let me know what you’re studying this month and good luck 🙂