so I started back on Deutsch (I studied it in hs and college, but not really to speak) a bit ago since I thought Phase 3 was the last of the Pimsleur Mandarin programs. It was fun and I found I was working more on sound than on words b/c as soon as they said each word my brain went, ‘Yeah! that’s right! I know that!’ Hoping this review in a context that requires conversational speech responses will help stick the language in my brain more solidly and naturally.
I’ve since discovered that Pimsleur came out with Chinese (Mandarin) Phase 4 in December, so I actually returned the Deutsch (thank you audible! you are awesome, as always!) to get the Chinese, but I’m hoping to pick up the Deutsch in bits and continue with both. yay! :D 6 months ago
I think I’m going to make this a little-and-often kind of goal, rather than getting caught up thinking of years of study for each one. If I know several languages to A2 level on the CEFR (upper elementary), I would be happier doing that than feeling I should be doing better in any one language. (I do have goals related to learning a specific language, but I treat that differently.)
These are the main languages I want to learn more of, so I’m thinking of doing them in rotation (a day at a time, but not strictly worrying if I miss a day):
I’m going to start later on today :) 8 months ago
I already speak English as a native language and Spanish at a very high level (I’m taking the ACTFL OPI in Spanish this week hoping to get a level of “Advanced”). I have taken a semester of Mandarin Chinese and I would very much like to get back into learning that. I’m attending a MeetUp in Mandarin later this month and my goal is to get back to the basics with that and take Chinese 102 next Spring at my community college. If I can get a real job this year and save up for it, I’d like to do a short immersion course in China next summer for 2-4 weeks. Anyone have any recommendations?
I figure since I already speak Spanish very well, I should try Portuguese because it’s very similar.
I would also like to learn French and maybe Dutch or even Japanese sounds interesting. 12 months ago
I think all languages are beautiful. I know some Spanish. But, to much my frustration, I am not fluent. I suppose I want to become fluent at this before going on to something else.
But, I’d also like to learn sign language.
Maybe I'd like to learn all of the romance languages.
I’d like to learn Chinese or Japanese…I don’t even know how to decide on this one…
I’d like to learn an African dialect, maybe Swahili. I once had a neighbor that spoke that language, and I was fascinated with listening to her.
Once, I was teaching myself to speak Hawaiian. There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. So, I figured: ‘how hard could it be’? But, then I lost my grandma’s booklet on the subject, and that was the end of that.
I learned a little Creole when I was in Jamaica. I was picking that up easily, but I don’t remember any of it now. 14 months ago
10. wa’ maH 15 months ago
Hebrew – shalom
Japanese – konnichiwa
Chinese – ni hao
Spanish – hola
Cambodian/Khmer – johm riab sua
Thai – sa wat dee
Korean – annyeong
Hindi – namaste
Panjabi – namaskar
Bengali – assalamualaikum
Russian – zdravstvujte
Somali – Is ka warran
Klingon – nuqneH ( What do you want?)closes thing to hello 23 months ago
Klingon 2 years ago
Hebrew 2 years ago
I’ve been rethinking my approach to this goal and feel that since I get easily overwhelmed by large projects, I need to break things down and clarify what I want as much as possible.
So, I have decided to update my previous list with the level to which I would like to learn them. Also, I am going to work on developing my own system of learning, as what I’ve tried hasn’t worked, so there’s no point in trying to bang my head against a brick wall.
I have split my list into four groups: Pre-GCSE, GCSE, A-Level and University. Just because I still think with the school mindset :) If I can actually get the qualification as well, then that would be great, but it’s more of a guideline really.
This list is flexible – I may decide I want to pursue a language to a higher level or stop at a lower level. I may add or remove languages. I tend to prefer organic growth rather than strict pathways, so I’m going to go with it instead of force myself into something that doesn’t fit me. 3 years ago