A belated Happy New Year to you all.
Well, assuming that you have all been waiting with bated breath for my language learning announcement, here it is:
I want to improve my German reading and comprehension.
Essentially no talking. Only understanding.
Primarily, I’m interested in what the German speaking press have to say about Brexit. Personally I think it is a huge, huge, huge mistake for the UK diminishing us both as a country and individually.
I am going to spend 30 minutes a day listening and reading using Lingq as my primary learning source.
No days off. No excuses.
BTW. I’m not an affiliate for Lingq but think it’s worth the $10 a month for access to so much audio at different levels. Lingq is a bit like marmite (if you are from the UK, you will know where I am coming from, but for the rest of you), you will either love or hate using it. There is no middle ground.
My current German knowledge is limited to the number of Assimil lessons that I completed.
I will also learn a few dozen German phrases that I think I will have an opportunity to use. These are very specific to a situation, I occasionally find myself in.
So, my objective is SMART, Specific, Measurable, Achievable etc, and I am intrigued as to what I can achieve in this timeframe – 30mins a day for a year.
A secondary minor objective is to improve my Italian, which I will do whenever the opportunity arises.
Last year was a semi-success as I conquered my fear of speaking French and reached an (albeit low) B1 level in speaking (according to my iTalki teacher).
My French accent was and remains appalling.