Wow, February has gone already! The time of new year’s resolutions feels long past and some of my goals have slightly changed. I want to focus more on Swedish to speed up my progress and be able to have decent conversations soon. I am going to maintain my French by reading and watching movies and videos but for now, it isn’t my priority. My Japanese really needs to be refreshed though, so I have to find the motivation to work on it!
How did I do last month?
I would say I did so-so with the goals for February.
For Swedish, I did spend some time practising listening: I started following vlogger Clara Henry, I watched the first two movies of the Millennium trilogy with subtitles and also spent a few days in Stockholm, in contact with real everyday conversations. I listened to lots of music in Swedish as well!
I managed to get to 600 expressions on Memrise – Swedish 3, but I didn’t do great with Babbel (*) and Learningswedish. Also, I started looking at the Rivstart books and did some exercise, but I don’t have a proper routine yet.
With French, I slowed down a bit. I watched quite a lot of videos from SolangeTeParle – I think she’s great. I also read some blog posts and researched some vocabulary, but I didn’t write as much as I wanted to.
I’m still struggling to bring back my passion for Japanese. I didn’t read much, but I did watch a few videos and two movies: Miss Hokusai and Evangelion: You are (not) alone. I can still follow the story without looking at subtitles, so at least that was a confidence boost!
Goals for March
In March I will be attending a full-time course to become an Italian language teacher and I’m pretty excited!
This means I will not have as much time to study three languages, so the word of the month will be: optimise. Unfortunately French and Japanese will have to be mostly put aside for now.
Most of my study time in March will be during my commute. I will practice vocabulary on Memrise and finish the deck Swedish 3, and do one lesson on Babbel (*) per week. As I will probably be very tired on my way back home, I am going to use that time to listen to songs in Swedish.
During my stay in Stockholm, I bought a comic for kids – I never thought I’d get so much satisfaction from understanding material aimed at 6 years old children! In the weekend I will spend 30 minutes reading, researching words and writing them down in my notebook.
Finally, I am starting to include some writing and occasional speaking in my everyday life. It was about time!
French and Japanese
I will use the languages I know better in my leisure time. For each, I hope I’ll manage to watch one video and read one article per week.
I will be running for most of the month, but I hope it is going to be a positive one!