What I mean to say is I screw up a lot, either completely or at least a little bit, and it is usually very helpful. I try to take advantage of my mistakes as much as possible and that is hard because at that time I’m pissed off and possibly feel like giving up. If I were to act out how I actually felt inside my head it might look a little something like this.

 

Once you relax and realize you actually learned something, you get to use that mistake and get better.

Example: Before I started learning Spanish I attempted to learn Japanese. I love the language, it’s beautiful (not to mention the women), and the culture is infinitely interesting. I failed utterly and completely. Why? Well, I used methods that worked for other people but did not work for me. But at the same time I learned about some methods that could work for me. I burned myself out on Japanese after attempting to completely immerse myself and could not go back to it. I still have yet to but plan to in the future. Anyway, I learned that completely immersing myself does not work for me. I learned that using an SRS helps me and by the time I had started using one for Spanish I had become a Veteran at using it and could start fresh and tweak it in a way I knew would work for me. This of course was a year process and I could look back on my experience with Japanese as a complete failure and a waste of time but I think that would be a lie and I think my ability to learn Spanish has been improved because of that “failure.” Done.

By the by, I would definitely encourage anyone trying to learn a language to try using an SRS. Fllow that link and there is a list of SRSs at the bottom of the Wikipedia page that explains what an SRS is. I use mnemosyne and believe it to be the bees knees.

~Kris

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My first post of my first blog. I’ve always thought about writing a blog but have also always had a few excuses to not write one; Time, I’m a terrible writer, time, and the fear of realizing how boring I really am and therefore not really having anything to talk about. But here I am. And here we go.

I’m a spanish student. Have been for 2 years now. I am a non-traditional student at Northern Illinois University. I plan to become a teacher in the relatively near future. I’ve seen others publish blogs based off of their efforts at learning languages and have decided to basically do the same thing. My favorite of which is AllJapaneseAllTheTime.com. It’s a great website by this college student and his road to fluency in Japanese and eventual move to Japan and his life there. Very inspiring and he also highlights many of the tools and methods he has used to get there.

The great thing is that there are so many tools and methods out there but not all work for evey person. The hard thing is choosing how you are going to approach it and stick with it. Learning a language is about consistent effort over a long period of time. Everyone wants to learn a language in no time and that is not simply not possible unless your John Travolta in Phenomenon or some autistic savant.

That’s it for my first post. Hopefully I’ll keep up with this and actually be entertaining at some point.

~Kris