It seems fitting on the last day of the year to reflect back on the past year and look ahead to the next.
2013 was a transition year for me. I gradually moved my life to Taiwan from California, started writing Language Boat, and committed myself fully to my Chinese language learning journey. I made many sacrifices and gave up a lot to begin a new life in Taipei. It hasn’t been easy, but I feel strongly compelled to be doing this, so here I am!
If I were honest about my Chinese progress in 2013, I would say it was meh. I spent months at a time in California not really studying at all. And the time I was in Taiwan, I was dealing with getting my bearings and setting up my life here. So Chinese, although supremely important, didn’t consistently receive my full time and attention.
Looking ahead to 2014, I would like to make it a happy and healthy year, with efficiency and productivity being the main themes.
I want to squeeze more language learning out of my day, by being more efficient with my time and resources and thereby being more productive.
I have hired a Chinese tutor and plan to ramp up my lessons to three per week. In addition, I have begun to dedicate more of my attention to Chinese, by more actively eavesdropping in public, as well as seeking opportunities to practice speaking in quotidian exchanges. I’ve been working on reading a variety of materials and learning characters. I plan to continue my efforts and spend time on writing characters daily. I also am seeking more sources of language input, and I want to buy a radio that I can listen to around my apartment.
The key to increased efficiency and productivity is consistency. Occasional breaks are necessary, but overall I want to be actively working on Chinese daily. I want to kick my lazy habit of defaulting to English for the sake of facile communication. I’m going to be struggling and pushing myself much harder in 2014.
My goals with Italian are a little looser. Studying Italian is sort of like a treat or reward for clocking enough quality Chinese hours.
A year from now, how will I know if I was successful with my language learning goals? If I engage deeply and regularly with the language, it will be a great year!
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