6WC November 2015: Reflection

Wow, it’s been a while, huh? So I meant to post this just as the challenge ended, but life (and Christmas) got a little in the way. How was the holiday for everyone, too? I know we’ve still got a few days until 2016, so hopefully some of you at least are still managing to relax and can go into the new year feeling a little chill.

But anyway, here’s my (short-ish) reflection on how I feel this 6WC went and what my future plans are for Slovak!

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6WC November 2015: Progress Report #008

Hi guys! Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Sorry about that. I got caught up in visits and stuff – which means I haven’t studied as much as I even thought I might, but it’s been a fun couple of weeks anyway. It’s also almost time to wrap up this challenge; it finishes at midnight on Saturday, so I’m hoping to have reached my goals.

But let’s see how I’m doing right now, shall we?

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6WC November 2015: Halfway Progress Report

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.

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6WC: November 2015

Hey, guys! So first things first, Happy Halloween! I hope you’re all doing something fun today – even if you’re not interested in Halloween at all.

Obviously, it being Halloween means that tomorrow is the 1st November, which means we’re moving ever closer to the end of 2015. I was thinking a while ago that November is kind of a ‘meh’ month – the weather gets worse, there are no major holidays (for me, anyway) and generally it’s just a long wait until Christmas and New Year.

But then I realised that I have two cool things going on this month. One of them is NaNoWriMo, which has absolutely nothing to do with this blog but I figure most of you will have heard of it. The other is another 6 Week Challenge – the final one of the year!

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6WC Halfway Point (and why I’ve not been around…)

Who else has been taking part in the six week language challenge? Surprisingly, there were only 39 sign-ups this round (it’s usually at least a bit higher, I think) and 34 of us have logged some time, ranging (at present) from 55 minutes to 57 and a half hours (!) spent on their target language alone.

I’ve spent just under eight hours on Slovak so far this challenge, which is not too bad, all things considered.

I’ve gone through the first two lessons of Colloquial Slovak (though I need to revise some of the vocabulary) and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I’m trying to learn some of the grammar but I’m not too interested in intensively studying it at this stage – I do like the Colloquial series, but they throw a lot at you all at once, so it can be a struggle to take it in. What’s important right now is that I understand most of the information and that I can produce information about myself.

I had hoped to write weekly updates during this challenge, but honestly there haven’t been so many breakthroughs (I’ve literally been working with the book and with memrise) and I’ve been pretty busy.

See, this is my last month in Austria, so I’ve been busy with classes (most of which are over) and saying goodbye to my colleagues. My weekends have been mostly free, but I’ve been trying to fill them with the things I’ve wanted to do but not got around to yet (plus I’ve seen friends too, because we’re all leaving) – and the week before last I got another job teaching English online, so I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to make sure that I’m doing a good job.

However, I go home in a little less than two weeks and I’m hoping to then spend a lot more time on this blog, as I have many more ideas for it. Plus, I like interacting with the language-learning community all over the web and I feel like I’ve been neglecting it of late. (Maybe not yesterday. We had a fun Eurovision party over on twitter, hosted by the wonderful Lindsay – it was so great!)

So let me know what you’re up to, languages-wise. Working hard? Taking a much-needed break? Also, if anyone has any suggestions for a German book I should read from June and blog about (much like I did with Divergent – Die Bestimmung in March/April), then please let me know. I am open to anything!