So there’s a Maximise Your Month Linkup going on over at Lindsay Does Languages, and I thought, since my crazy June (finishing work, moving home, starting my new job, finding out about my next job, trying to see all the people I haven’t seen for five months…) is almost over, I should really be pulling myself together and getting motivated a little.
Language Learning Goals
These are not always the most important, maybe, but I’ve actually done a pretty good job of keeping up my learning in June, though I’ve realised I need to get a move on with the Super Language Challenge and I really need to work on my German. I’m currently actively studying four languages (German, Mandarin, Spanish and Slovak) and I AM NOT ADDING ANY MORE* until I’m at least at A2/B1 level in all of those.
- Practice/use each language for at least ten minutes per day.
I’m saying practice and use instead of study, because I know that I’m not going to have hours and hours to study every day and when I want to improve my German, for example, I can do this by reading a chapter or two of a book. I don’t want to just be doing grammar all the time – and I don’t want to make these goals really hard to reach.
- Complete up to lesson nine of Colloquial Slovak.
I’m currently on lesson four and I’m mostly enjoying this book. (I’m going to see how it goes; there are sixteen lessons in total, and I think I’m going to post a review of it when I finish.) I don’t know what I’m going to do once I’m finished with the book, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
- Finish reading at least two books in German (and try to read daily).
I said last month I wanted to start reading through another book on the blog, but I didn’t get around to choosing one. I have now – I’m going to start reading Kind 44 (Child 44), mostly because I’m really anxious to see the film, and start posting about it the same way I did about Divergent (Die Bestimmung). I also want to finish reading Die Rebellin by Trudi Canavan and probably begin another book. If I’m reading daily, this is pretty doable.
- Finish New Practical Chinese Reader 4.
I have one or two lessons to finish in this book. Granted, I have left NPCR 5 in my flat in Austria (oops!) but once I finish this I can consolidate what I know and I’ll probably find a native speaker to practice with. I’d really like to take the HSK 5 at some point between now and September 2016, so I need to get a move on with this.
- Post one lang-8 entry per week in Spanish.
I was going to put each language, but that seems impractical. I’m not having problems with Spanish, per se, it’s just that there is such a gap between what I can understand and what I can produce, so I need to fix it. Speaking would help too, but there’s no time pressure on my Spanish so for now, I think I’ll just focus on writing a bit.
- Read at least 31 pages in Mandarin.
One page per day might take me a while (at the moment, about 10-15 minutes…) but I’ll get there. And it’ll be 31 more pages than I read in June! (Or May/April/whenever, I think.)
- Read at least 93 pages in Spanish.
Same as the above, but three pages a day, since Spanish is a bit easier to read. 🙂
*I am probably not adding any more anytime soon, but don’t hold it against me if I do 😉
Non-language Learning Goals
- Blog at least once per week (ideally twice).
My poor, neglected blog. 😦 I aim to fix that this month! I’m doing more and more things that involve my languages – I’m teaching English now and I’m hoping to tutor German/Mandarin too – so I’m always thinking about languages and I should be putting some of those thoughts here. If any of you follow my Instagram, then you’ll have seen I’ve done ‘Word of the Day’ posts in German for all of June. I want to keep doing those in July too and hopefully use them on the blog in some way. If I’m blogging about Kind 44, then that’s going to be one post per week, so ideally I’ll have two posts per week, depending on what’s going on.
- Exercise at least three times per week (ideally five times per week).
Also, my poor, neglected workouts! I was doing so well when I was in Austria, but since coming back I have been eating terribly and not working out really at all. I really like the workouts on YouTube from blogilates, so I’m going to try and follow her monthly calendar as much as possible throughout July. I’m not saying I’ll stick to it every day, but 12-20 workouts in the month should be pretty good. 🙂
- Drink at least three glasses of water per day (ideally five).
I just need to drink water more, especially if this heatwave that’s planned for this month is going to carry on. 🙂 It also stops me drinking pop so much (I looove it but it is not good for me).
- Write at least 500 words per day (ideally 1,613+).
Camp NaNoWriMo is on in July – so it’s time for me to make up for all the writing I haven’t done this year. I’ve been sort-of writing a web serial over on JukePop Serials, but again, I didn’t manage to update it in June. My goal for the camp is 50,000 words, but it’s more about the habit than anything, so even if I only write 500 words a day, it’s better than nothing.
Phew, that’s it! More than I was expecting when I started out, maybe, but even if I only achieve half of these, it’ll be a pretty good month!
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