I’ve been independently studying (whether languages, or different topics I’ve been into) for the past 7-10 years! Depends on what you count…while I was in school, obviously I had more in-classroom support, due dates and deadlines to keep me accountable, and certain class-provided resources which helped with my self-studies on the side. After I graduated from my Master’s program in 2014, I was mainly studying … Continue reading Study tips for the self-studier
I’ve made some exciting strides with my Chinese lately and I wanted to share! I’m not trying to brag, so hopefully this comes across as a friendly teatime chat where I geek out about Chinese. This year I wanted to make some more progress with my Mandarin Chinese learning. I made sure to add in more time here and there. I also tried out the … Continue reading Chinese update
Whoa, the first month of 2021 is already over! I haven’t done one of these “Month in Review” posts in a while. I don’t always have to look back or analyze how my month went, but it is nice sometimes to be able to visualize some progress. In general: I have taken advantage of more language content on youtube this month! I also feel like … Continue reading Month in Review- January 2021
I often get asked how I fit my language learning into my life, and how much should you practice. I’ve made previous posts about this topic…and this post will be about how to actually plan out a schedule! I’m learning 9 languages right now, which can be a lot to fit into a week. This was my old schedule when I was learning 7 languages, … Continue reading How to create a language learning schedule
Lucrezia from Learn Italian with Lucrezia posted a video about Risorse gratuite online per studenti di italiano (A1-C1). Here are the links for the individual resources, I’ve already taken a look and they seem helpful: Alma Edizione, Italiano Per Stranieri, Liber Liber, and Virgilio Sapere. I came across this online literary magazine called Latin American Literature Today, and they have this interesting article about translating … Continue reading Language Links 2
Why not? You learn so much more than the language, by experiencing it in person with native speakers. When I went to Rome in October 2019, I had been learning Italian on and off for the previous 4 years. In the year running up to my trip, I was intensively learning Italian. I even took online lessons via italki with a tutor for the last … Continue reading If you can travel to a country where your target language is spoken, why wouldn’t you?
Sometimes you can’t travel (*cough pandemic cough*). Maybe you won’t be able to travel for a while if you need to save money or you’re in school or for whatever reason. That wanderlust might be itching for you to see and experience new things in a foreign place of wonders…but you can make do from home! You can create a language day with one that … Continue reading How to create a language day
It’s been quite a year so far! But just looking at the past month of May…I’m pretty happy with my language learning progress. It’s a stressful time with this pandemic, not knowing who’s going to get sick when. And those worries can get to me in my personal life. I have the privilege of working from home and staying employed, but I do still worry … Continue reading Month in Review- May 2020
If I’m learning all these languages, why do I write my posts in English? I live in the United States, and a large amount of the population is monolingual and only speaks English. An American seriously learning a second language is a minority, and someone like me learning multiple languages is unusual. There are many reasons to learn other languages (maybe I’ll delve into that … Continue reading Why do I write in English?