Hi guys! Today’s 6WC post is a little different – because we’ve just passed the halfway point of the challenge! There are 27 people who have logged time via the twitterbot, though there may be more who are participating a little more unofficially, so if you’re reading this and you’re taking part in whatever sense, then congratulations on making it this far.
So I’m going to do a brief recap of the last few days (as usual) and then talk about the first three weeks of the challenge as a whole – and what I plan on doing for the next three weeks.
Time logged to date: 3449 minutes (57 hours, 29 minutes)
Time spent learning Slovak: 885 minutes (14 hours, 45 minutes)
Well, I can pretty briefly recap the last three days of studying – because I haven’t really done all that much. I haven’t studied any Spanish and I’ve not done a lot of Slovak, though I did watch eight more episodes of 花千骨 (someone send help). I also didn’t study or do anything in particular with German on the day I was supposed to, but that’s really not a big concern.
As it stands though, I am seriously happy with my progress so far. The last few days notwithstanding, this is the most I’ve studied in months – possibly the most I’ve studied continuously since I finished uni last year.
To break it down, those fifty-seven and a half hours have come out to:
Mandarin: 1441 minutes (24 hours, 1 minute)
Slovak: 885 minutes (14 hours, 45 minutes)
Spanish: 522 minutes (8 hours, 42 minutes)
German: 431 minutes (7 hours, 11 minutes)
French: 150 minutes (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Russian: 20 minutes
For Mandarin, twenty of those hours have been watching TV, which might not seem like it’s studying (especially since I still watch with English subtitles), but I can already feel the difference. I’m trying to read the Mandarin subtitles more, which is helping if the vocabulary isn’t too complicated. I’m starting to feel a little more confident about using the language again and that’s great. I maybe should make sure to actually study a little more, but four hours over seven days isn’t terrible either (about 30 mins/day).
I’ve spoken about Slovak a lot (obviously), but I didn’t realise how close I was to hitting my goal of 18 hours already! I’m not going to up the goal because I know there are about nine days over the next couple of weeks where I’m only going to manage to study a little bit, if at all. Like I said in my last update, I’m going to switch from Colloquial Slovak to Krížom krážom soon. I haven’t finished Colloquial Slovak lesson eight yet, but I hope I’ll manage that next week.
I’m honestly surprised I’ve put in more hours with Spanish than German – and I think I’ve covered a larger variety of resources and methods with Spanish than any other language, too. I’m feeling pretty good about my progress with Spanish, but I need to remember to keep up the momentum, especially after the challenge ends.
And for German – I still haven’t found a TV show and I really want to do more reading, but those seven hours logged aren’t actually that representative of how much German I use or hear every day. I do want to spend more of my free time doing entertaining things in German and maybe get a little structure back, but if there’s any language where I can allow a bit of slack, then it’s this one.
So what are my goals for the next three weeks?
- Hit those 18 hours for Slovak. If I hit 20-25 hours, that would be amazing, but I’m going to be pleased with 18 anyway.
- Try and have Slovak remain the second-largest chunk of time; I’d try for the largest, but I don’t think it’s going to overtake Mandarin any time soon. (Oops!)
- Visit Bratislava. I have to pick my mum and aunt up from the airport there in a couple of weeks, so that’s a good excuse to visit in the day!
- Finish NPCR 4 for Mandarin and move onto another textbook/resource.
- Read at least 150 pages in German.
- Finish the next two lessons in Teach Yourself Complete Spanish and try and get some speaking/writing practice in.
That’s it for this time, I guess. Let me know how your studying is going this month – we’re almost wrapped up with November, so what are you looking forward to in December?