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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
I aten't dead
Apologies for silence. I'm trying to keep up with reading and commenting here on LJ. That's assuming I have anything sensible to say, which isn't always the case. I do try and read most of my friends' list most days, so lack of comment from me doesn't mean lack of interest. But current lack of internet time is because I'm attending a Welsh Summer School to try and kickstart my language learning again.

Last year I was so busy updating all my HTML and CSS knowledge that Welsh fell by the wayside. Despite trying to fit in a bit of intermittent practice with flashcards, I could feel it slipping away (or getting rustier and rustier, whichever analogy you prefer). So... I booked a place on the Welsh summer school at the college where I teach. This suddenly boosted my motivation.

Speaking, listening, reading and writing were all supposed count for my self-study, but the Welsh tended to get missed. If I did it first thing, it was fine, but that's one of the few times I have to read fiction for pleasure, so I kept leaving the Welsh until "later" -- which of course never came. Anyway, as I said, the prospect of having to speak in a class focused my mind I went into frantic revision mode.

This made me realise something useful. Just telling myself to "Do some Welsh every day" was too vague. What has worked this time is setting up specific To Dos with checklists (eg revise Book 1 Story 1, Book 1 Story 2 etc). So... for the future I know that I need to plan definite activities in advance, set up To Dos for them and tick them off when done.

I do sometimes wonder why I'm bothering to struggle on with the Welsh, though the recent research regarding language helping to delay the onset of dementia is one of the reasons I'm persevering at my age. I'll be retiring in a year or so, so Welsh isn't going to help my career. I would like to socialise more with Welsh speaking people, so that's another motivation, but if I'm honest, I just want to be able to speak another language fluently. It was always one of my childhood ambitions. I thought people who spoke more than one language were really cool. :)

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karinfromnosund From: karinfromnosund Date: July 3rd, 2014 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought people who spoke more than one language were really cool. :)

They are. We should do our best to emulate them.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 8th, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think starting young helps, but I'm doing my best to learn as an adult.
trenton22 From: trenton22 Date: July 3rd, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like your checklist refinement. Some areas of my checklist have not been moving forward. Now I see how to move them along. Thanks. Good luck with your studies!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 8th, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm slowly learning that if a task has been sitting on my To Do list for a while, it probably needs breaking down into smaller steps. But suddenly moving forwards on the Welsh showed me that those steps need to be specific and not vague.
From: cmcmck Date: July 3rd, 2014 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's important to keep up one's other languages. I have French and Italian but I don't get to use them nearly enough.

Edited at 2014-07-03 03:43 pm (UTC)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 8th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's still difficult finding opportunities to practise using other languages though the internet makes it easier than it used to be.
From: cmcmck Date: July 9th, 2014 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)

I'll often use the various websites I research on in their original language if it's one I can manage.
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