It’s the start of a new year so I think it’s a good idea to make some new year’s resolutions for your language study.
Of course, every learner is different and we all have different things that motivate us. But for me, and for a lot of people I think, making plans and goals is a really effective way to keep on track with your study and achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve.
What works for me is to decide what I’m going to do, write it down and then be really strict about sticking to it.
So I thought I’d share my resolutions, or plans, with you and hopefully inspire you to make some of your own, and feel free to share them in the comments if you like.
So, now that I’m in New Zealand, my Japanese language skills are at risk of becoming worse – or staying the same - but they are unlikely to improve unless I put a big effort in. Well, I mean I had to make a big effort if I wanted to improve my Japanese while I was living in Japan … but now I have to make a bigger effort if I want to maintain my language skills … and I do because I want to be able to go back to Japan and communicate.
I know a lot of you are in the same boat too - you’ve lived in an English-speaking country and now you’re back home but you’re keen to keep up your English skills.
So, what am I going to do?
Well … I’m not going to go up to random Japanese people and start speaking Japanese, that’s for sure. Because that would be pretty selfish, considering they may well be here to learn English.
Here are a few things I’m going to do.
In February, I’m going to write a diary entry every day on lang-8, in Japanese.
And in March, I’m going to make some more videos to upload to this channel on YouTube, tdesdj … the last time I did a project with that channel, it was a video blog every day for a month.
But this time I’m going to do something slightly different. It’s going to be a video every day for a month, but it’s not going to be a vlog. And I’ll tell you more about it closer to the time.
I’ve also been learning a little bit of Spanish recently and I mean just a little bit, like a few words and I’m planning to make a few videos to help my Spanish learning. And I’ll tell you more about that later too.
Prince William of Wales is a 27-year-old English man who is second in the line of succession to 16 independent states. Yesterday, the prince arrived in New Zealand for a three-day official visit. His itinerary today included a visit to a rugby stadium and sailing on the Auckland harbour.
And that was Stick News for Monday the 18th of January. Kia ora.
Sarah Yeah, I went down to the waterfront to watch the boat. うん、ウォーターフロントに行ってボートを見ました。
Brett Did you see him getting on the boat? ボートに乗るところを見た？
Sarah No, but I saw him getting off and then he walked inside a bar. いいえ、でもボートから降りるところとバーに入るところを見ました。
Brett Which bar? どのバー？
Sarah It’s called Waterfront actually. 「ウォーターフロント」っていう名前のバーでした。
Brett What was he doing in the bar? 王子はバーで何をしていましたか？
Sarah Just talking to people. There was a part of the bar that was roped off and there was a kind of function inside that part for … I don’t know who they were … some kind of special people. 人と話していただけ。バーの一部が区切られていて特別な人だけが内側に入れるような感じでした。
Brett Were you inside the bar? あなたはそのバーに入れたんですか？
Sarah Yeah, anyone could just walk in. I was quite surprised … I thought they’d make it a private function, or something. はい、誰でも入れました。それにはとても驚きました。もっとプライベートな空間を作るんだろうと考えていました。