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This'll be the fourth year running that I post resolutions.

I didn't do a good job with last year's. I didn't find a way to incorporate conversational Spanish practice into my learning, and I didn't work on the novel twice a week. However, this year I have two possible leads for conversational practice, so even though I failed last year, I think I'll try again with that this year:

(1) Continue to practice Spanish every day, and find a way to work in conversational Spanish every week. Grace period of a month to get that up and running.

As for the novel, what I found helpful was what I did in November, slip-streaming along with the NaNo crew--namely, keeping a tally of words written each day. When I did that, I put much more effort into at least opening the document and turning attention to it. So this year the goal will be ...

(2) to open the document each day and to record words written. If I don't write anything, but I stare at it, musing at possibilities, that's still something (I'll record zero words but note that I opened the document). If I undo a bunch of words and tinker, that's still something too.

A third, less-important-to-me resolution is to continue with Duolingo Portuguese. Still, it's a resolution.

(3) Do Duolingo Portuguese each day

Date: 2019-01-01 06:46 pm (UTC)
queenoftheskies: queenoftheskies (Default)
From: [personal profile] queenoftheskies
Those are some AWESOME resolutions!!!

I think keeping track of daily words (even if it's 10 words) is good motivation for the entire year. For me, I can look back and see that at least I tried.

More power to you as you attain your 2019 goals!!!

Date: 2019-01-01 07:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] osprey_archer
I should practice my Spanish, too. I studied it from middle school through university but since then I've let it slide, and while I started early enough that it's still there (unlike Russian, which I didn't start till college and has disappeared more or less entirely from my brain) but I can feel it atrophying.

Do you have an app that you use? Duolingo, or something else?

Date: 2019-01-01 09:07 pm (UTC)
okrablossom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] okrablossom
I miss the Viking. Did you ever get a little conversation bot in Duolingo with a Viking? And you went to visit his home? And met his son and wife and pet bear? It disappeared after a Duolingo upgrade but I thought it was the best. I was so pleased I recalled how to feed the bear a fish. Ha!

Date: 2019-01-02 01:58 pm (UTC)
amaebi: black fox (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
That was funny.

Date: 2019-01-01 09:50 pm (UTC)
osprey_archer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] osprey_archer
I've downloaded Duolingo and I think I may know Spanish too well for Duolingo to be of much use to me. Buuuut I have intended to learn French for a while, so Duolingo might be helpful for that...

I ought to give to Duolingo Spanish podcasts a try, though. Listening is much harder for me than reading, and more potentially useful.

Date: 2019-01-02 03:29 pm (UTC)
amaebi: black fox (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
Have you tried Spanish-language radio? Is there such a channel in your area?

There are here, unfortunately-for-me in Mexican Spanish, which I find difficult, though ideally that would be the sort of Spanish I have.

Date: 2019-01-03 02:14 am (UTC)
amaebi: black fox (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
Wow, a rich assortment!

Date: 2019-01-01 08:02 pm (UTC)
sartorias: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sartorias
Those sound like reasonable goals, which (I think anyway) is half the battle. Steady on!

Date: 2019-01-01 09:16 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
(2) to open the document each day and to record words written. If I don't write anything, but I stare at it, musing at possibilities, that's still something (I'll record zero words but note that I opened the document). If I undo a bunch of words and tinker, that's still something too.

I am glad this was a useful practice during NaNoWriMo. It sounds like a good resolution to me.

Happy New Year!

Date: 2019-01-02 01:57 pm (UTC)
amaebi: black fox (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
This is helpful. Thank you.

Date: 2019-01-01 10:06 pm (UTC)
gwynnega: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gwynnega
Those are excellent resolutions. Happy New Year!

Date: 2019-01-02 07:51 am (UTC)
wayfaringwordhack: (pondering)
From: [personal profile] wayfaringwordhack
I really like the idea of opening the doc everyday. As you said, sometimes you will record only a à, but it keeps the story present in your mind.

I know we have talked before about rolling with the seasons in one's life, but I feel so desperate sometimes that I am not getting my creative urges met with ACTUAL FINISHED or even LEGITIMATELY ADVANCING projects. I need to make myself wisely use the time that I do have.

Here is to meeting all your goals this year!

Date: 2019-01-02 01:56 pm (UTC)
amaebi: black fox (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
Do you think the keeping-track is helpful? I mean, I see people who keep track and find it helpful, and I know that. What I'm wondering is about it's helpfulness to you, and how it would be helpful, as a guide to whether I might find it helpful. Because me me me me me, of course.

Date: 2019-01-03 12:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] e_d_young
I can't articulate succinctly where I'm coming from and can only say it's nice to hear that other people advanced in age are taking on language acquisition. There was a brief period a while ago when I kinda thought my effort to improve my French might be juvenile or something. I didn't really care then, and definitely not now. More power to us all! :-)

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