Site Housekeeping, Slammed at Work, and Flamingos

Yikes! I just accidentally posted the new website disclaimer and sent it to all the site’s email subscribers. It’s late. Please accept my apology in the form of this striking picture of flamingos in Serengeti National Park:

by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Dietrich (Public Domain) Image Source

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Dietrich (Public Domain)
Image Source

Anyway, since that just happened, I’ll go ahead and talk about what’s going on with the site really quickly. I’ll also touch on my current language learning schedule.

I’m basically doing a little bit of housekeeping here at Language Surfer. By a little bit, I mean a lot. I started a company last year when I started selling ebooks, and I realized I need to make sure I’m giving myself at least minimal legal protection.

So in addition to the disclaimer, there will be some very minor changes with the way I put up posts, but I’m sure that you’ll barely notice.

In addition to all this website stuff, I’ve been slammed at my day job. I’ve been on the road a lot lately and can barely manage time to get in my German studying, let alone blogging.

But I’ve been telling everybody else that being busy is no excuse, and my words have come back to haunt me. My typical daily schedule right now:

  • Reviewing Duolingo, with the goal of finishing every main lesson in the German tree again.
  • Listening to old A2- and B1-level podcasts. I really feel like this building my “listening fluency,” which I think will be the topic of a future post.
  • Reading kids stories and watching kids shows.

I’m fitting in about an hour and change of studying a day.

You might’ve noticed that I’ve taken a big step back in text difficulty. I had been studying advanced texts and now I’m back to upper advanced/lower intermediate stuff. But after pushing so hard to pass that ACTFL test, I wanted to take my foot off the gas for a while and coast. I’m still getting some benefits from this, German is still fresh in my mind, and I’m not really regressing or anything. But at the same time, my brain is getting a nice recharge. And somewhat unexpectedly, the language feels like it’s sinking in. The easy stuff is so easy that a lot of times I end up just paying full attention to what’s being said rather than the meaning or the language. It’s a cool feeling.

So, I’m gonna keep chugging on, and I’ll get back soon to putting up more posts to help us work through this language learning puzzle together.

  • Shannon Kennedy

    I love when a language begins to “sink in”. I’m with you on not having as much time as I would like to study lately. I’ve been trying to get up a bit earlier in the morning to get an extra 10-15 minutes in. Looking forward to your upcoming posts.

    • Ron G.

      Getting up 10-15 minutes early is a great idea, and makes a big difference, I’m sure. I’m having a little trouble sleeping on the road, so I’m using my insomnia time right now to get some studying in. If nothing else, I’m sure it’ll put me back to sleep sooner than later. haha