It’s been a while for one reason or another. Time maybe. Surface Languages is a site a run in my spare time in between my day job, other sites and interests.
I also have to admit that my interest in languages and Surface languages has waned slightly this year, so whereas before I’d have made time for both, this year I haven’t.
SL because there are many more language related sites nowadays , such as duolingo and so on, and it seems less relevant.
Time will tell. It is after all a hobby site.
And as to languages, my J O B has nothing to do with languages, and so I must squeeze any learning into a fairly constrained period.
And the difficulty I have found is that if I want to maintain my Spanish and Italian (and hopefully improve just a bit), I don’t have spare capacity to attempt to learn another language. It’s been hard enough maintaining my language exchanges.
This year I had grand plans to finish Assimil Romanian and German …
… which predictably have come to nought.
I also planned to focus on French. I succeeded in the sense that I reached a spoken level of around B1 (albeit with a horrendous accent), but ran out of steam when a planned trip was canned.
So, what next?
I have three possible plans for 2018.
The first is two learn to read basic German. No speaking.
The second is too learn a few words of Portuguese, before visiting Lisbon?
The third is to learn to read Romanian. No speaking.
We will see …
Besos and Baci,