15 days German progress video

It’s here!

My first video speaking German. The result: BAD!!

You can see I’m laughing, because I know it! Anyway, I promised, so here is the video.

I learned in the last 15 days, the basic structure of German, about 150 words, but I can only use 30% of it. Basically, I’m only using the FSI “German: a Programmed Introduction” and the Pimsleur courses. I’m studying about 2 hours a day only.

My goal for the next month is to speak something that makes sense, and not just throw phrases like I did it in this video.

KISS Principle – How to achieve goals

I have maintained a minimum routine of studies in the last month, even though the number of hours I study has been below my expectations, but it has been something fairly constant with some minor flaws in the routine. As you can check on Twitter, I have studied almost every day. Some days, my strategy failed because one of the following reasons: work, fatigue and family obligations.

This is the first time I study almost every day. Last year I used to study French for longer periods during the weekend (3 or 4 hours a day, making a total of 6 to 8 hours per week). According to the Twitter (where I was unable to register my studies a few times), although I’ve been studying almost every day, I’m maintaining more or less the last year’s amount of hours of study, sometimes less.

And, despite some famous and experienced multilingual say that one hour of study per day is enough, for me isn’t. My goal is to achieve fluency in French and Spanish (C1/C2 level) until next year. To achieve my goal, I believe I have to at least double the number of hours I practice per day.

I learned that every time I have a goal it is best to draw a simple plan and start acting immediately. So over the next month I’ll make this simple test:

  • Waking up half an hour earlier.
  • Sleep half an hour later.
  • Studying, at least 2 hours during weekends and holidays.

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein

Practising my first foreign language: my personal best

When I was about 13 years old, my parents put me to study at a language school. They wanted me to learn English, but I hated English. I loved Spain, and therefore I wanted to learn Spanish. And it was in this way that I learned my first foreign language. I studied during a year and I got to the intermediate level. But I never finished the course. Consequently, my level of Spanish remained always in an intermediate level. I studied only occasionally and had few opportunities to practice.

On my last vacation, I decided to be a little more critical about my Spanish knowledge and established a small record: Continue reading