More than one month ago, I shared I was going to start some kind of a new life in China and have the opportunity to learn (in due time) 3 new languages.
All that is still true and I truly look forward the next 2 months. But there is one difficulty I hadn’t foreseen.
I have been learning Japanese for almost a year now and had (finally) found the pace and learning rigor that was necessary to make some progress and have fun along the way. I was starting to get interesting results both in listening and reading comprehension. And was really happy about it. During 6 months, I was only listening to random sounds, barely making sense except for a word in 10, 20 or 100. It finally felt great.
But now, I have to put all this aside. And start again from scratch.
At the beginning, I was keeping up with my japanese studies, working on cantonese in the morning and Japanese in the afternoon. But since Japanese was much easier, I ended studying it much more and started to drop Cantonese I had barely started…
I decided to reset all. I took three weeks off. No Cantonese and, most importantly, no Japanese.
It felt great!
I resumed learning Cantonese a week ago with a freeer mind. I also used these 3 weeks to move forward and prepare for the departure, quiting my current job and starting to put my stuff in order, read long put-aside books, …
I said I was restarting from scratch after dropping Japanese. In fact, I learned things that will be useful:
- I strongly rely on music. I need the beat. Listening to podcast is a great way to get exposure (and so easy to get, and FREE), but I memorize way more through songs,
- Habits are another key part of the learning. Especially since I’m working, I need to dedicate time period in which I can truly study and in a good
- Environment. Having no choice but to practice your goal language is a good way to make progress. It is really frustrating at first but it keeps on getting better along the way
I already started using these to set up my studies. The environment part being auite difficult at the moment, given that I’m currently moving out. But it’s also a very good excuse to catch up with every kung-fu movies from at least the last 50 years (many thanks to the Shaw Brothers).
Aside from that, I learned things about myself during this year. I’m lazy, shy and don’t like to fight (against others but mostly against myself). But I’m doing my best to get past all these.