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A New Project

May 6, 2017

I’ll admit that I’ve had little to write about here.

It’s not that I’m not working on my languages – anyone following me on Duo can see that I’ve been hella busy.  But that’s not the point… I’ve just not felt like I have anything meaningful to put over here.  *sigh*

That’s about to change.

So, I read Fluent in Three Months on a regular basis.  This week, while playing around on Facebook, I found a post that really got my attention – New Mission: One Month Without English.  The whole idea, from reading the title, is frankly far-fetched in my daily life, since… well, my family are monoglots.

And then I read the rules that James set out for himself… and realized I could do this too  (For those who’ve not clicked to his link, he, like me, works primarily in English.  His goal was to minimize English and maximize his exposure to German, with the realization that his work has to be in English.  So he set himself rules that any time he could choose to do things in German instead of English, he’d go that route.)

This obviously requires preparation if I’m going to do this in Hebrew to finally get my ability in the language over the hump.  While I could probably converse with my neighbors in Hebrew, there aren’t a lot of opportunities for media in that language and… Hmm.  So how to do this?

I’ve decided to try it out in July.  It’s a down-month for me in terms of things that I’m committed to entertainment-wise (we don’t have any shows to attend, no movies that we’re already planning to see, no pre-planned television or the like) and it gives me time to bring in some books and movies so I can maximize the exposure.  I’m planning on abstaining from most of my social media (I have to do my parenting blog, which is in English, and there’s one further exception below…). I have a trip planned – I have a bonspiel in Phoenix that I’m attending – which will give me a nice long plane ride for me to read during… and it’s a long month so.

The only additional exception I’m giving myself, that James isn’t, is that I’ll permit myself access – in English – to my curling twitter account since I’ll be at the aforementioned bonspiel, but only during said bonspiel.

Now, the draw-backs – I was planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo during July.  To me, this means I’ll need to write in Hebrew too (by the rules), which is going to be an interesting challenge.  We’ll see how that works out.

But, as I get ready for it, keep following here, and maybe an interesting disaster’ll unfold… 😀


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