LTL REFLECTION: blame the teacher
My Arabic tutor is not getting paid for his labours; which might be why he isn’t labouring very much.
LTL REFLECTION:using goals to motivate myself
It’s been less than a month, and already I’m losing interest in learning more Arabic words.
What’s wrong with my motivation?
First of all, I need to ask ‘what IS my motivation?’
LTL REFLECTION: heavy rain taught me how much I DO know
Tai chi challenge: learn the 24-forms – in Chinese!
Last year I joined a local tai chi group in their twice-weekly practice in a nearby school hall. The challenge for me is to learn tai chi, but because the class is held in Mandarin I’m also getting a lot of exposure to Chinese.
To be honest, I ‘look and learn’ during instruction and I don’t pay much attention to the spoken instructions (not being able to speak Mandarin, and all). I often think how much easier it would be if I could understand the master, but I don’t. Continue reading
Progress Report:: Where’s the ‘choo-choo’?
It’s good being on the right track, but there has to be some ‘choo-choo’, too.
Upside, because there’s always an upside; I’m really good at making word association links with my new vocabulary, and although I am inconsistent with my word card work, I’ve got most of my 88 new words nailed down (about 10 of them are still not yet firmly fixed in my memory) and I’ve got 25 new words to learn over the next week. So after four weeks I’ll have over a hundred words at my disposal.
What’s wrong with that? Continue reading
TEDx presenter Chris Lonsdale tells me I’m doing it right!
I’m inspired to see I have been hitting a lot of the same points in the way I am trying to learn new vocabulary in Arabic.
I’m going to be thinking of tutors A and Z (Lechiya and Nahr– nicknames remember, my version of Chris’ ‘direct connect’) as my language parents from now on (languagespider has two daddies haha).
Equally impressive, though less motivating, is Wiktor K’s response to Chris Lonsdale’s TEDx talk
Have you learned to speak a new language in six months? How did you do it?
LTL REFLECTION: making word cards work 3
Remembering the sounds of new vocabulary words is one thing, but I also need to know what the word means – and I need to know it Continue reading