Documenting my Language Learning Habits#
This blog is an open to the world notebook of my language learning. I had a similar project at my micro-blog for learning Russian, but I decided it was time to give it more room to develop and extend to my other languages of interest: Chinese, Spanish, Swedish and perhaps French and Estonian in the future. There will be a daily blog post with three words I learned that day with notes and occassional blog posts with more information
I have following goals w/re these languages (as of August 2021):
- Chinese - eventually read the hardest texts in this language and converse naturally with someone who can only speak Chinese
- English - read whatever I please, write even the hardest texts and converse about anything with anyone with a natural, fluent accent
- Swedish - maintain the current "can follow the TV news and read a newspaper" and expand to more fluent speaking
- Russian - be able to survive tourist life without switching to English
- Spanish - be able to survive tourist life without switching to English
How Do I Study These Languages Today#
I practice Chinese vocabulary daily using Skritter and I get lessons from iTalki every week. English and Swedish I maintain by following media. Russian I learn with my partner, we exchange daily audio recordings of the same sentence in Finnish and Russian and most Russian posts here are based on those lessons.
This blog was built with Eleventy and runs on Netlify. I used Stephanie Eckles' excellent 5t3ph/11ty-netlify-jumpstart as a starting point. This blog is very much work in progress (and best viewed on Netflix Navigator 😅).