2012 Updates

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.


2 Responses to “2012 Updates”

  1. acutia
    December 9th, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    I, for one, would definitely like to read that critique of the language learning community’s unhelpful focus on ‘the’ polyglots. Sounds like you’ve got something that needs saying.

  2. Josh
    December 10th, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Glad to see you’ve not vanished. I can totally understand the frustration regarding the idolization of “the” polyglot. I just posted about something quite similar the other day.

    Hope to see more from you soon. Either way, good luck in your studies!


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