December language hours and 2017 recap:
December is up and it’s time to see if I fulfilled my goals for the past year, and to reflect on my progress and growth. I find this to be a fun and useful activity to do every year, as it helps me see where I failed and succeeded, and make goals moving forward to the next year. I do this in many parts of my life, not just in languages, but since that’s my focus here… that’s what I’ll be focusing on in my writing today.
For the month of December I finally finished reading Inés del Alma Mia, and I made a New Year’s Eve push to hit my 10 hours in Japanese (needed 45 minutes), and studied over 10 hours of Chinese as well, so I am happy with my December work.
Chinese: 10 hours, 20 minutes
Japanese: 10 hours, 0 minutes
Spanish: 9 hours, 30 minutes
Russian: 2 hours, 25 minutes
Portuguese: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Italian: 1 hour
German: 40 minutes
French: 35 minutes
Dutch: 30 minutes
2017 language total:
Japanese: 118 hours, 30 minutes
Mandarin: 54 hours, 35 minutes
Spanish: 50 hours, 40 minutes
Russian: 45 hours, 30 minutes
Italian: 20 hours, 50 minutes
German: 13 hours, 35 minutes
French: 9 hours, 55 minutes
Portuguese: 8 hours, 45 minutes
Other: 2 hours, 0 minutes
Total hours: 324 hours and 20 minutes. Most studied in 12 months: 566 hours, 10 minutes.
I did better than I did last year (304 hours), and I met my most important goal of >100 hours of Japanese and >40 hours of Mandarin. I was hoping for a better showing of Italian and Russian last year and I wanted a total hours number over 350 (arbitrary… but something to shoot for). I think month to month goals are better than yearly goals, which is why a goal number of hours per year is a tough one to make and meet.
For next year, I am setting the bar higher for myself. I will be busy, so it will be difficult, but I want to achieve over 100 hours for both Mandarin and Japanese (with a monthly goal of 10 hours per month, but room to fail a few months as I have other commitments in the coming year which will affect my study time during the summer (more on that in the next paragraph). I also want to start having tutor sessions to practice speaking Japanese and Mandarin. For Russian I would like to study >60 hours (average 5hr/month), reading 2 books and regular conversation practice. I have no specific goals for the other languages (maybe through the year I’ll have motivation to push more on one of ). If I accomplish this, I should easily have done more in 2018 than 2017.
I didn’t read much for leisure last year, only finishing 6 books (2 in Spanish, 1 in Italian, and 3 in English). My goals for next year are 2 in Russian, 1 in Spanish, and 3 in English at the minimum.
In July I’ll be moving back to New York City, and with the move I’ll be exposed to all the different languages of New York which will be a lot of fun. So after July depending on my situation, friends/acquaintances in New York my study routine and goals may change drastically, but for now, I think these are realistic goals for me to shoot for.