Set a language goal when learning gets stale.
Good morning, everyone!
I wanted to share something I do to bring myself closer to fluency. From the book Fluent in 3 Months, by Benny Lewis, I started setting language goals. For me, a one or two month goal is perfect. I want something with immediate urgency. I need to be fluent by 2022, but that's vague and too far off.
My current goal is simple--have 100 conversations in one month. I don't speak Spanish enough. When I make time to have conversations, I see an immediate improvement. After each conversation, I will reflect in a journal. Ideally, I want to identify one place I need to improve (a tense, a topic, etc.). If I can identify 100 areas that need improvement, I have something concrete to work on for the next month.
Has anyone else set a language goal? :)
I have recently started a goal. I will write in my journal daily until I can complete an entry entirely in Spanish. I think I will refine it to: I will complete X number of entries completely written in Spanish in 1 month.
Yo quiero aprender español en 2019. “Aprender español” significa “finir el libro Complete Spanish Step By Step."
Tengo un libro de la misma série, pero sobre Francais. Es muy completo.
Great idea! Mine has been more like feasting with curiosity -and tending a fire of enthusiasm that I let ablaze, and sometimes I purposely let rest. Any numbers are less prominent and are used as a guide. My experiential goals are tied to "By the time I---"
So my experiential goal for Spanish was to converse with visiting friends over the New Year -a bilingual child and I went like crackers when on our own. (The ease of how it came out verbally and in the head was important to me.)
Now my 'walk-towards-that-light' for Italian is to have a taste! and to converse (only if they want to) when a new set of friends and I meet up. Woww Italian as a language is delicious -beautiful and easy to digest after Spanish.
There are quite a few services to find partners.
Tandem lets you browse profiles to find people who want an exchange. It can take a while to find a match who answers you, but it leads to quality conversations.
Lingbe lets you speak to people with a click. The quality of the partner can vary, but you can get a lot of practice quickly with this app.
Flooant is about to launch (within the month, I think). They will allow you to talk to actually language teachers, but at a higher cost than Lingbe.
I've used the first two and plan on using the third.
Sharing what might be helpful to fellow learners. During the time that there's no one to converse with and no apps environment to converse in, one can always - play act - in preparation. That's half of the job done. At home I imagine there're language friends or family about, and practise away. [And you can set goal on the number of play-act conversations.]
Similarly while down the beach, walking, commuting, buying stuff, and when seeing any sign and anything. I have no qualm talking away, as that's not harming anyone. But some may feel better wearing an earbud set when in public. I learned radiotelephony communication that way, voicing everything I saw and play acting situations. Children's picture books and simple stories are also great. Anyway, rehearse away!
It might be helpful to set a smaller goal, like earn 500 points in a month or reach the second checkpoint by March. It really helps with motivation :)
Well, I'm four conversations into my goal. After each one, I write a sentence I learned or a sentence I wished I had known ;)
Thank you for sharing this-- I've felt a little discouraged by my Spanish studies since I came back from living in Sevilla for four months, even though I've resolved to practice my Spanish everyday whether it's through here, reading, speaking, or watching a series in Spanish with subtitles.
As of now, I'm about 25 days strong with only missing one day, but now I realize what I lack is a more challenging goal like yours. Now I'm resolved to finish the rest of one of my anthologies of Spanish short stories and "Celia" on Hulu by the end of the month.
When the 1st of February comes, and I've completed it, I'll then take inspiration from you and reflect in my journal rather than just documenting it.
Buena suerte con tus estudios!
hola amigo de casualidad tendras un codigo de un club español, que sea muy activo que me lo puedas pasar
we are a team of two, we just start with Spanish from English. right now we develop techniques to improve our fast learning process. our goal is an innocent 10 new languages in 10 years, i understand your point of view, but in this moment we are far from that, anyway we keep in touch to change some ideas about brain functionality in the learning process.