Learning When You Don’t Have The Energy For It

Happy Easter all.

Well, I’ve finally returned to civilization.

It’s been an utterly exhausting week relocating from the Hinterland mountain area of SE Queensland down to the coast and I’m struggling to write this having used up all my energy moving. I should be settling here now until mid-year when I pack up and jet off to East Asia (Korea or Japan likely) for work and to start learning the local language which I’m really looking forward to.

I purchased a book on Japanese kanji recently so I might start to learn a few each week for shits and giggles until I know exactly what my plans are. Even if I end up heading to Korea it’ll still be interesting to learn to read some Japanese in the interim.

I’m now living on the same street as a huge mosque which means plenty of Arabic practice and I’m only 5 minutes away from a French learners meet-up group that I’ll be meeting up with each week (thanks to Meetup.com). New locations bring new opportunities to meet new people!

 

Exhausted? Don’t force yourself to learn but try to have ‘active rest periods’

Nothing overly profound this week. Just a very straightforward piece of advice (totally relevant to how I’m currently feeling).

Having to deal with lack of sleep and physical exhaustion while learning isn’t an easy task. There are times when it’s actually beneficial for you to put learning on hold so you can rest but it’s important for you to have active rest periods as well.

Just like physical exercise, a day off doesn’t necessarily mean you sit on your arse and do nothing. Do something relaxing but also active.

With language learning this means a day off should entail some kind of fun or leisurely exposure to the language, whether it’s target language music, watching a movie or even just using target language that you already know. Talk to yourself or a native speaker using language that’s easy for you – you’re active but you’re not trying to force yourself to learn anything.

One thing I like to do when I feel like this is go back to earlier sections of a language course book – stuff that I find easy – and just read over it. Most of it is already known, but occasionally I’ll encounter a word or point here and there at that level that I missed.

Another excellent way I’ve recently discovered to have active rest periods is to listen to Earworms MBT (which I wrote about here). I’ve spent this week just listening again to these French music tracks from Earworms and not trying to learn anything. I just listen to it for enjoyment and find that I soak up more of the language in the process.

Active rest periods mean a higher chance of incidental language acquisition so when you feel like crap and can’t muster the strength to study, do something entirely fun and effortless in the language and you’ll find that learning occurs anyway.

 

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New Language Video Challenge Topic: Anecdotes

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What’s the deal with these language video challenges?

I do actually have a good excuse for the delay on this! I’ve been living in a small rural area using tethered internet on my iPhone and I’m currently being charged $0.50 per meg for internet usage.

A few $500 phone bills have convinced me to ease up on the video uploads.

I’ve been meaning to increase my YouTube presence but haven’t been able to do anything media related lately because it costs me a friggin’ fortune.

Thankfully I’m moving house this week back to civilization so I’ll get to enjoy luxuries like a normal internet connection again which means I can continue improving this blog.

 

Your Dream House

The previous topic was talking about your dream house in another language.

Here are some awesome contributions made. When I finally move out of the sticks next week and can upload video again, I’ll finish mine on this topic.

 

 

New Topic: Anecdotes

This is something I want to do quite often as it’s a fantastic way to practice your target language.

What I mean by anecdote is talking about something interesting or funny that’s happened to you recently – a short story.

There’s one additional thing I want to add to this challenge though – use at least 5 verbs that you haven’t used before. The previous two challenges were descriptive but this one is more about actions that took place.

So for example, instead of using a verb like ‘I saw’ which you might know really well, use a synonymous term like ‘I looked at’, ‘I noticed’, etc.

There’s not much point using words you already know!

I’ll upload my own next week.

If you don’t know what this is all about, read this. <– This will explain where and how to post your videos if you want to give this is a go.

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