This year I’ve decided to participate in Shannon Kennedy’s Language Reading Challenge.
The January prompt was the following: Read an introduction to your language – if you’re an advanced learner, find an article or chapter in your coursebook that explains something that you’re struggling with in particular.
One of my favourite resources to read Japanese learning related articles is Tofugu. They have wonderful articles ranging from what’s the de difference between か and は through how to organise your time more efficiently to how to use Keigo (the ultra-polite Japanese language). Therefore there was no doubt that for the first month of the challenge I will browse their site – not like I don’t do that just for fun anyway. Continue reading
One good thing about my birthday being in January is that I can think of it as a second new year.
So let me take the opportunity to share the first post of the year a couple of days after it (because things were complicated on my birthday… way too complicated)
I’d like to talk about what happened in the past 3 months where I am now and what my goals are for 2018.
How can it be already November? It feels like 1st October was just yesterday!
Surely, it was a busy month, just as I expected. Starting my final year came with the beautiful task of setting up my own study for my dissertation. It was a lot of work but it’s finally done (in fact I submitted my ethics approval form this morning), and I cannot wait to test people and see what I can find out. On top of that I have to deal with other classes and obligations as well – but so far it seems like it will be a fun year.
こんにちは～, happy October!
This month is probably my favourite out of the three autumn months. Halloween probably has a huge role in it. Even though we don’t have it traditionally in Hungary (we have something quite similar in February, called Farsang), Halloween decorations are everywhere, not to mention that my generation integrated it into our lives quite well, plus it apparently is a thing in the UK.
Apart from that, I just prefer this colder weather when I can wear my favourite pullovers and drink as many hot drinks as I want.
In September I fulfilled one of my dreams finally: I bought some manga in Japanese. It was quite a big dream of mine to own some volumes in their original language. So I finally went to JP Books in London and got myself two volumes. This level is way beyond of what I can understand, but at least they are good motivational tools to keep myself pushing.
But back to languages, I think September okay-ish. I did WaniKani every single day, which was really great, but I’m a bit behind with the other stuff. I decided to switch back completely to Genki, as it is more relevant to the test I’m taking in December. My plan was to finish Lesson 8 in the book, well, I’m half-way through Lesson 7… so I wouldn’t say that went to well. I also realised that I’ll have to learn more vocal and find a way to practice listening.
Among others I wanted to do shadowing but if you’d look at my tracker you’d see that just did not happen.
So my very ambitious plan for October is to get through not less than 4 chapters of Genki I. It’s a big commitment -especially if I consider the fact that I’m starting classes tomorrow -, but I sort of have to if I want to pass the exam.
I’d also like to rejoin IGLC this month, maybe I’ll have more success with it than shadowing.
Also, when I was in JP Books I got a practice book for JLPT N5 and N4. It’s filled with questions similar to the original test, and on the back of the page I can find a solution as well.
I hope everyone is doing fine!
#CleartheList is originally hosted by Lindsay (Lindsay Does Languages), Kris Broholm (Actual Fluency), Angel Pretot (French Lover), and Shannon Kennedy (Eurolinguiste). The aim is to set and share your language learning goals for a given month and then obviously try your best to achieve them by the end of it.
You can find the full description of Clear the List and how to join it, here.