2018 New Year's Resolutions
As 2017 is coming to close next week, I have started to think about my goals for 2018. For me, language learning is useless if you don't have a specific goal in mind. I have come up with a list of achievements I want to complete next year.
Complete the German Tree: I will be going to Germany this summer, and I want to make sure that I am ready for my journey there. It will be the first time I have ever gone to Europe, and I want to make the most of it. My ultimate goal is to not speak any English there. Not. A. Single. Word.
Reach Level 25 in Italian: Italian was the very first language I started learning on Duolingo. I have been trying my best to reach level 25 for years now. I am so close to it, I feel like I can complete early on in the year. I also need to "goldenize" all my skills too. However my main priority is German right now, so I can prepare for my trip there.
"Goldenize" Previous Trees: Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, and French have been sitting alone with no golden skills. I have been too focused on German right now, that I cannot focus on those trees right now. In 2018 I want to make all the skills golden (especially Swedish and Portuguese; I have forgotten everything).
New Tree?: I do want to complete a new course next year, but it may be difficult because I am very ambitious with my learning. I do want to at least start taking a new tree seriously this year. I have the possible candidates shortlisted to Danish, Russian, Dutch, Czech, or Polish. For the first three mentioned, I have attempted to complete those trees in the past.
Those are some of my New Year's Resolutions for 2018 in terms of language learning. What are yours? If I come up with any others, I'll add them to this list.
Wish luck on everyone's new year's resolutions! My own include:
- Reviewing my French tree. Apparently, there will be a new feature which will make reviewing trees addicting, and I hope to use it once it becomes available.
Finishing the Korean tree. I started learning the language due to its writing system's rationale, yet have found it difficult to actually memorize words and phrases. Despite that, I will attempt to persevere and finish the tree whilst keeping all the skills gold.
At the very least, start learning the Cyrillic script. As an individual who is immensely interested in Russian history and literature, one of my dearest goals on my bucket list is to be fluent in Russian. When I was learning it here on Duolingo, I used, unfortunately, and to my disgrace, romanization. Additionally, it's how I finished the Ukrainian tree.
Return to learning Norwegian? It's a guilty pleasure of mine and has been on hold for awhile now, and I'd love to get back to it.
Ha--honestly? I didn't have any resolutions met from this year since I joined Duolingo in the beginning of June. Although I never usually set particular goals for each year, a few of mine for next year might be to finish my Esperanto from English tree, try to regild my Swedish from English skill tree, and try to maintain my streak. I'm also looking forward to seeing recent new features develop over the coming months. :)
My resolution is not to start any new languages!
Although I would love to try again with Slovene (I had several failed attempts within the last 14 years) and I'd be curious about some Danish, it would definitely be the smartest not to. So my plan is to instead focus on Finnish and keep my level of Norwegian and Swedish by reading some books and such. Maybe I could reward myself in 2019 by starting a new one... :)
1: Finish Spanish, Japanese, French and maybe the Swedish trees
2: Learn the Devanagari and Nastaliq scripts and completely memorize Hangul, Katakana, and the Greek script.
3: Start learning Dutch, Vietnamese, Norwegian, and Russian
4: Actally make some progress with Guarani
5: Have a conversation in another language with a native speaker