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What Three Months Will Teach You

December 20, 2013

I still have eight-and-a-half days left, really, but… I thought I’d sum up my thoughts here, before I start preparing to work on my videos this weekend.  (I should have time, G-d willing, between tonight and tomorrow night.)

  • I’ve gotten, yet again, confirmation that I do better with a firm deadline.  I’ve actually – in the three months that have passed – picked up enough French that I feel competent to read something in the language and hopefully grasp most of it.  I feel like, nine times out of ten, I can probably write something understandable in French with the most minimal diversion over to Google Translate to vet whether or not I’m right.  (I still have trouble with accents, mostly.)
  • I’ve learned that I really should somewhat narrow it down to one language at a time.  I was so much focused on French that my attempt to improve my Hebrew suffered… and I don’t feel like I made great progress in the second language.  I made some, but not enough to make me feel comfortable with calling it a success.
  • I would do the #add1challenge again in a heartbeat.

Now, where do I feel about my relative levels?

Vraiment, je ne sais pas.  Je me sens comme je pouvais parler français si je devais… mais je parle très lentement.  Je n’ai pas eu assez confiance parler la langue avec l’autres personnes pendant ces trois mois.  Peut-être que mon niveau est A2, si on me demande (et si je me sens heureux).

אבל בעברית, אני לא מרגיש שלמדתי כלום באמת.  כמובן, למדתי כמה מילות, ועשיתי כמה ווידאות.  אני מרגיש יותר נוח כאשר אני רוצה לומר משהו על החיים שלי או על המשפחה… אבל מצד השני, לא עשיתי משהו חדש עם השפה.  הדבר אחד שעשיתי, באמת, בשלוש החודשים הזאת שהשתפרתי המבטא שלי.  אולי בשנה הבאה, אוכל לעשות יותר עם ללמוד השפה.

Either way, I should have something interesting to post this weekend and next…

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