Well, I needed a win in the language learning game, and I got one.
For the past 30 days, I’ve had a renewed sense of urgency in my Tagalog learning, and I’ve finally been able to turn the corner on my progress.
My big three wins:
1. I subscribed to Filipino Pod 101.
This cost a few bucks, but frankly, I needed more content than what I had. I finished Pimsleur, got tired of textbooks, and realized that the free sites out there weren’t quite cutting it for me.
So I ponied up the cash, and I’ve been working through the “beginner” podcasts, having finished 15 of them.
2. I learned a bunch of vocab.
I added about 250 new phrases to my Anki deck, with at least that many new vocabulary words.
That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s enough to make a difference.
Two days ago I was watching a Filipino comedy (My House Husband) , and while I didn’t pick up everything, I understood more than ever before. Maybe 40% of the words? Importantly, I had no problem following along with the plot.
3. I picked up some motivation.
Success breeds success. Feeling the improvement had made me want to keep going.
I wasn’t planning on sticking with Tagalog this long, but I’m enjoying speaking to my mom and feeling this heritage language start to come alive in my brain.
I wanted to reach the “intermediate” stage, but I’m not quite there. But I can tell it’s coming.
The month of extra effort did everything I hoped it would, and I’m pumped up about continuing on into next year.
Now, if you’ve been playing at home, tell me about your wins in the comments please!
A Word About the Site
Longtime followers have probably noticed the site has been pretty quiet lately. I’ve talked at length about the reasons why–work demands, life demands, fatigue, etc.
Well, I’m only going to get busier. I’m starting a graduate program in January, an M.Ed in Instructional Design.
This is important to me. My work will pay for the program, and having more educational education (?) will help me be a better language teacher.
I’ve received lots of comments and private messages from people who find the site useful, all of which I’m extremely grateful for. So even though I’m busy, I want to continue producing content and helping people reach their goals.
I like writing longer articles to really flesh out the information, but in the new year, expect some shorter articles that get right to the point. This is better than putting the site in “archive” or “sleep” mode, and it fits into my schedule.
Now, I should start thinking about what to post on January 1st, which is like Black Friday for language bloggers. 😉