Posted on | December 8, 2012 | 2 Comments
It has been a while!
It is now near the end of the year (or end of the world to some). I think it is a good time to post some updates.
Perhaps I should first explain why I have not posted for so long. There are a few reasons. Other than the usual ‘busy’ reason, for a non-natural writer like myself, I found writing posts quite time-consuming. Then I somehow found myself losing incentive of writing. I found the whole Internet language learning community gradually geared towards the worship of some ‘polyglots’. Everybody would spent a lot of time talking about these few individuals and no one would talk about language learning or their own journeys. I probably need another post on this.
As for my own journey, here are some highlights in the past 15 months or so.
Let me start from my Brazilian mission. I spent on-and-off a total of nine weeks in São Paulo last summer. It was a wonderful experience, both language-wise and culture-wise. I still miss the place and its people.
Then in September, I needed to revive my French, as my daughter was entering a French-immersion school. I was actually more nervous than her.
October was a month of French and Spanish for me. I attended a French meetup in downtown Toronto and I had a memorable evening there.
Then I declared November a Spanish month. I tried to attend one or two Spanish meetups, but the experience was not good at all.
In December, I learned that I would not be going back to Brazil anymore. At that time, I already felt my Portuguese deteriorating. So I set up a plan in attempt to keep up with the language in the coming few months.
In the first few months of this year, I found myself very much distracted by this whole polyglot phenomenon. I knew it was not doing me any good, but it was unfortunately quite addicting.
At the end of May, I spent 3 weeks in Melbourne, Australia for work. I went to a Spanish meetup. I had chance to talk to a few individuals and the experience was not bad.
In August, I and my family spent a few days in Montreal, and I had a chance (again) to put my French in real use.
My project at work started to heat up in September and I had been doing a lot of overtime since then. But then in October, I decided to start learning Russian! This was a rather shocking decision, even to myself. There is a growing Russian community in my neighbouring suburb. For a reason I would explain hopefully in a future post, I find a real need to socialize more with this community.
I spent another 2 weeks in Melbourne in November and just got back last week. Nothing much on my language learning over there except spending a night on Verbling with a Spaniard talking about the economic crisis.
I hope to post more in the future to talk about each highlight above. I know this is not the first time I said this, but I really have a lot of things I want to share.