I was warned that it would be intensive, but I wasn’t prepared to not having a moment for me over four weeks. It was a great experience, a good way to test myself and to be sure that teaching is what I want to do. I learned a lot and I feel prepared to be a teacher now, so it was definitely worth the effort.
How did I do last month?
As soon as the course started I knew I had very little time left for language studies. In the mornings and weekends, I had to work on course-related tasks, while on my commute I was mostly exhausted. Moreover, getting home at 10.30 every night didn’t help with the idea of watching movies in my target languages.
With Swedish it didn’t go too bad: not only I finished the deck 3 on Memrise, but I’m more than halfway through the deck 4. Yay! I did my reviews on Babbel (*), but I got only two new lessons done. Reading didn’t go that well: I underestimated the quantity of material I had to prepare for the course on the weekends and it turned out this was not doable.
I did listen to Swedish music and practised a tiny bit of writing and speaking.
I listened to some music in Japanese as well and unexpectedly had to play a little scene in Japanese in front of the class.
As for French, I took the chance to practice speaking at the language school.
Finally, I managed to publish a blog post per week despite being busy, so that’s something I’m happy about!
Goals for April
Life will slow down a bit in April, though I have some more things planned: a trip back home to Bologna, job hunting, and Lindsay‘s Online Teaching Starter Kit course. Exciting stuff coming my way this spring!
I’m satisfied with the Swedish learning routine I created, so in April I want to go back on track with it. The plan is:
- Finish deck 4 on Memrise and start working on deck 5.
- One Babbel (*) lesson per week + one Learningswedish.se lesson per week.
- Two hours of Swedish music per week + two Swedish movies per month.
- Practice those writing and speaking skills every week!
I want to consistently create blog content about Japanese language and culture, so in April I will write two posts, doing research on original language material as well.
Also, I will practice a bit of writing on my Instagram profile: check me out there too! I am beyond rusty with my Japanese writing and speaking, so it’s time to do something about it.
I want to watch two French movies in April, recommendations for good ones are more than welcome.
To practice reading, I am going to look for blogs about Japan. There’s nothing I can do about it, I always end up thinking about Japan!
April comes with sunny days, new perspectives and challenges: I can’t wait to dive into all of these adventures!