What a shame. No posts for two weeks straight. And it’s spring already. Time flies!
The first post in today’s collection is just about that: how to start again after a looong break. Dive in :)
A timely and extremely relevant article, which is actually a guest post at Andrew’s HowLearnSpanish.com. I bet quite a large percent of language learners worldwide have found themselves skipping one day because of being busy, another on account of being tired, and another week, and quite possibly another month.
After a month of not learning a language, not starting Anki (or what have you), not speaking unfamiliar sounds you feel devastated — and guilty.
In the article J lays out the precise steps to overcome this condition and restart your studies with new enthusiasm, this time keeping it steadily burning.
David (whom you definitely should subscribe to if you haven’t yet) has teamed up with the editor of The Polyglot Project Claude Cartaginese. Never heard of it? The Polyglot Project is a rather extensive compilation of autobiographies and golden advice from both aspiring and renowned polyglots, sharing their experiences of language learning, and how it changed their lives. A captivating read, by the way, and for a great price: free. Be sure to download your own copy, here’s the link to the site again: The Polyglot Project.
So, let’s get back to David and Claude. They’ve teamed up to create an extension of the Project, interviewing polyglots and remarkable language learners “on air.” This is the first episode, episode #0 to warm up and discuss forthcoming interviews, don’t miss it!
Various how-tos and lists regarding language learning flood the internet (this blog not an exception). John from L2Mastery.com has taken a step further and posted a NOT To Do List, which I’m happy to share with you. All the ten points he’s highlighting are highly relevant, and I’ve seen many people, including myself, trespassing against those — it never ends well.
I’m glad some of the points align nicely with what I’m talking about on Semantic Victory. John’s also written a comprehensive Japanese guide. I haven’t checked it out yet, though, but have a look anyway.
Procrastination! What a pleasant pastime! What a productivity hog! We all know we should pursue useful activity, like language learning, exercising or house cleaning, but somehow end up in front of the TV watching yet another soap opera, or in the swampy depths of Facebook. We all for anything as long as we don’t need to do something unpleasant.
In this short post Philip shares his take on procrastination in direct connection to language learning. Check it out!
Okay, this time my next post on Tuesday is scheduled, so see you next week :)