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NEW MISSION: 2 Languages in 3 years
May 29, 2013
10:34
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Okay, my first mission post (3 languages in 3 years) is to be ignored henceforth. They really need to make a delete button. Anyway, I've decided, now I've got the basics of Latin down, to focus on languages I can use to communicate with, and then in 3/4 years, when I go to university, I will do an intense Latin course so I can read the original Roman scripts as I plan on doing an Ancient History degree.

Okay so, new mission. I plan on spending the next year focusing on improving my French. I'm currently at a A2/B1 level as I've been taking it as a subject for the past 4 years, I've always sucked in an academic context though. So hopefully by May 2014 I will be well on my way to fluency! Then from June 2015- May 2016, I will be learning Spanish, and will hopefully get to at least a B2/C1 level as Spanish is one of my favorite languages to listen to and I love a few Spanish soap operas, so that will be fun.

The tests at the end of each learning period will split into 3 sections: Reading, Writing and Listening/Speaking. The reading is just to read any chapter of any book without the need for a dictionary. The writing is to write a letter (>500 words) to a native speaker pen pal on a variety of topics. The speaking/listening test will be a 15 minute conversation with a native speaker who can give me the thumbs up or down.

My plan of action is simple. Attempt to put in at least an hour of study a day, be that revision or adding vocab or grammar ect, spend at least 20 minutes everyday listening to music, radio, tv, film ect in that language and attempt to understand it and also try to have conversations with others in that language at least once a week. 

Hopefully by May 2016 I will be fairly proficient in my chosen languages!

Native: English

Learning: French

Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

May 29, 2013
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I have regular French classes 2/3 times a week for an hour each time. I don't learn much (British Education System there for you!) But it's better than nothing. However, I will not count those hours as part of my studying time so on those days I will do my normal (minimum) of an hours study in addition to the hour long French class. I will also still listen to at least 20 minutes of french media and I've also changed my language on this blog to French to help with my reading skills. Quick tip for anyone wanting to watch TV in French but aren't fans of French TV: I've found some great dubbed F.R.I.E.N.D.S episodes on Youtube, good as I'm familiar with the lines anyway.

 

Today I have spent around 40 minutes listening and watching French media but have not yet started on the studying as I did my last hour of Latin this morning. Over the next 5 days or so, I will review the basics e.g sentence structure, simple verbs, grammar, basic conversational phrases ect, and then, who knows!?

 

 

Native: English

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

May 30, 2013
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First day of my mission has gone well. I watched an episode of Friends in French this morning, trying to pick out as many words as possible, I got the gist of things, although its kind of cheating as I can quote 95% of the episode anyway. I sepnt about 30 minutes of my study time revising the basic greetings and simple phrases that every tourist knows and the other 30 minutes trying to read and translate an intermediate text. This required (very) frequent use of a dictionary and much sighing.

I'm ordering the HP book in French so I can see how tough it is, and hopefully by the end of this year and part 1 of my mission, I'll be able to read some of it fairly easily! It might even be the book I use as a final test.

 

EDIT ON FINAL TEST: For the reading test, it should say with minimal use of a dictionary, not no use. It's a year, I'm not going to be fluent!

Native: English

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

May 31, 2013
10:35
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I don't really have a strategy of how I'm going to do this. I think it's a case of just increasing my knowledge of vocab and going over basic grammar points so I know where I stand. I'm going to be practicing my listening and reading almost everyday with media and reading exercises and hopefully I'll be having my first french conversation with a native this week. In terms of writing, I want to find a french speaker who I can email weekly or something to practice.

 

EDIT: I've decided that I want to be able to put in some form of study everyday, it's exam season so I simply can't spend an hour on this when I have exams to revise for. I just want to spend some time everyday learning something new or revising something. Anything to do with France!

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

June 4, 2013
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I've started with the basic vocab and phrasebook type stuff. I spent around 45 mins memorizing vocab last night and another 15 learning about the difference between 'c'est' and 'il est', something I was never taught at school!

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

June 4, 2013
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I've spent at least 2 hours on my French today and I made a tiny intro video in French:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajm_fdr5TkU&feature=player_embedded

It's really bad and my French is terrible but I think I'll make one every month to show how much I've advanced. This is my (just under) Week 1 video. I know I've already taken 3 years of high school french, but all that means is I can pass exams, I can't speak or understand most of the language, I'm pretty much at a beginner stage when it comes to that. Ok, back to learning!

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

June 5, 2013
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I've done a huge exam today, and did 4 hours of revision already for that exam this morning. Therefore, I'll just be watching some French tv for an hour or so.

Native: English

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

June 10, 2013
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In the past few days, I watched a few bit of French TV, learnt a few tourist phrases ect, but I haven't learnt much in the past week and a half or so. I don't know what I should do to learn more. I don't need to learn the basics, I'm fairly comfortable with most grammar points, and I'm not sure how to keep going.

Native: English

Learning: French

Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

June 10, 2013
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Have you thought about trying a "comprehensive" course? (either book or audio) They can help you build your language skills based on comprehension, as opposed to memorisation. If you feel you're already beyond a beginner course, you could try just jumping into a level two, or just quickly go through a level one for recap and consolidation and then do level two in earnest.

If you feel you're already getting this kind of learning from your French classes, maybe you could try doing some Skype exchanges to build up your fluency and confidence. You can always ask how to say something, or what something means. Some people just learn better from other people than from books. ;)  

Good luck!

Stephanie

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June 17, 2013
02:20
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Okay, I have done very little in terms of French learning in the past week, perhaps 2 hours all together. But I'm back in the game and learning again. I'm just increasing my vocab, reviewing old topics and re-learning how to conjugate verbs. I've spent I while just talking to myself in French, getting my head round making myself say stuff. I'm going to ask my french teacher at school if he'll help me out by having conversations and marking my writing etc. I'm going to make another video on the 1st/2nd of July. It will probably be about a certain subject like my hobbies ect and I want to start doing short writing tasks like a short letter about a book I've read or something, probably with large use of a dictionary.

Native: English

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

June 18, 2013
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I have just discovered the glorious app that is DUOLINGO! It is amazing. I'm going to try and use it everyday as it really drills in vocab and makes me remember gender which I always forget. My 3 language goals for today are: Complete Basics 1 on Duolingo and try to remember all the vocab and grammar points, Go onto tumblr and describe at least 5 photos using French I already know and possibly a french dictionary and to watch an episode of Extra and try and understand what is going on. Okay, let's go!

Native: English

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

June 19, 2013
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My mind is exhausted with the amount of studying I've done so far today. I spent a good hour on Duolingo, spent some time describing photos on tumblr in French (a painful experience with much frustration and dictionary use) and also working on my regular verb conjugations *the crowd cheers*. I've made some post-it notes with the different endings on as I really want to memorize those.

 

I think that by May 2014 I will have managed to get from my A1/Low A2 level to a High B1 level. That seems a decent goal to get to. I've decided NOT to have any 'tests' at the end of the year period, I hate tests and I think it's not needed. I want to still have conversations with native speaker (something I have yet to do) and I want to read books, but I don't think I can fail this mission. As long as I continue to improve my French over the next year, I'll be happy and I will have succeeded.  

Ideally at the end of this mission, in 2016, I will have got to a B2 level in French and a C1 level in Spanish. I will be spending 2 years on Spanish, rather than one, although I might start learning another language in my 2nd year of Spanish. I hope to be able to continue improving my French throughout the next 3 years, and will be able to speak 3, if not 4 languages, to at least a B1 level by May 2016!

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June 24, 2013
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Okay so I went away for the weekend and couldn't study for 2 days but I've been studying again and will make another video within the next 2 weeks probably on the subject of hobbies or music. I've also started learning the basics of Russian as a 'mini-mission' because I get bored quite easily and doing mini-missions keeps me interested. I think I might have mini-missions that last no more than 4-6 weeks every once in a while just to get the basics down of different languages  so I can learn as much as possible as well as trying to become fluent in the languages I'm learning at the time eg. French/Spanish. 

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June 25, 2013
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Good idea! Good luck! :)

June 29, 2013
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I'm making my One Month French video tomorrow! I'm doing well with Duolingo ect but the mini-mission isn't going so well. I'm really struggling to remember the letters.

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

June 30, 2013
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I have made my one month video! You can find it here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6lHByk26uI

 

My channel is a language learning one where I vlog about different languages, review resources ect so please subscribe if you want to!

Native: English

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Want to learn: Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German, Elvish, Russian, Latin, Ancient Greek.

June 30, 2013
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ModernSpartacus said
I have made my one month video! You can find it here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6lHByk26uI

 

My channel is a language learning one where I vlog about different languages, review resources ect so please subscribe if you want to!

Good work so far!

 

With languages I find that there's definitely a barrier to break after you have the basics knuckled down using books, duolingo etc. 

 

I've been getting some proper speaking experience with native tutors using Chalksy. Here's a French tutor I can recommend: http://www.chalksy.com/class_page.php?class=132 

 

She's a French native so you'll get some authentic experience that will help your conversational fluency, listening skills, vocab & grammar.

 

Good luck on your learning adventure!

Currently on a Spanish learning journey. Contact me if you'd like to speak Spanish on Skype. I use Chalksy.com and Duolingo.com. 

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