Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year!!

Where have I been? I have really been procrastinating way too much with this blog. Let me update everyone on what I have been up to the past few months.

I joined the #Add1Challenge that ended in December with my chosen language being German. The goal is to be able to have a 15 minute conversation with a native speaker after 90 days of studying. I managed to complete the challenge, and make a video for it. (Warning: the video and audio gradually become out of sync for some reason.) HOWEVER, I did not make it into the final three for the chance to win a trip to the country of my target language. Oh well.  It was great motivation, and I really had fun with the challenge. I highly recommend it, if anyone is competitive or looking for an incentive to learn.

I was so focused on German that I really let my Korean and Japanese suffer. I haven’t had lessons since November in either language. This week, I’m getting back on track. Since the challenge ended, I have been doing WaniKani for my Japanese, though. That site is so addictive!

I started using Duolingo to practice my German, and from there I also added Spanish to my app. It is also addicting. (And plus the owl is super cute.)

Starting January 16th, italki is having its own language challenge. It’s free to join, and you could win $500 towards a flight to the country of your target language. I decided that I’m going to do this challenge. I’m going to use this opportunity to try out some different tutors, and see which ones I want to use.

After my successful German challenge, I wanted to use the next three months to work on another new language. It’s really hard for me to decide, especially since a few of my options don’t have a lot of tutors available on italki (that match my schedule.) SOOO, I’m trying something a little bit different. I’m trying out Polish Pod 101 with a Premium Plus account, where I have my own tutor. We’ll see how that goes.

In non-language related news, I got a tadpole for Christmas! His name is Omelet, and he will grow up to be an African Clawed Frog. I will post pics later.

What are you goals for the new year? Has anyone tried the langaugeclass101 tutors before? Any tadpole advice?

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Add1Challenge: German!

I have applied to take part in the next Add1Challenge. As you all know, I already am above A1 level in English (native), Spanish, Korean, and Japanese. My next challenge is German! It was difficult for me to choose, because Polish and Italian were also contenders. But, I have tried German before (and failed.) This is my chance to redeem myself. Wish me luck! I made a video about it here, if anyone cares to watch.