How I Do NOT Learn Languages

This is one of those “mistake” posts, cause language learning isn’t all good stuff.  Sometimes I screw up.  Then I share it with you guys.


I’d been ignoring my SRS for a while now, and I decided to change things up.  First, I noticed that while I was flying through 100-300 reps from my Japanese deck everyday, I would cringe at the mere thought of doing 30 reps from my Korean deck.  Now what the heck was going on?

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【日本語】The First and Last Time I Ever Questioned My Progress

I was frustrated..

Some amount of time ago, I was sitting in front of my laptop.  I had just finished my SRS reps for the day, and I was frustrated.

“I still don’t know anything!”

“I can’t say what I want, when I want.”

“I still freeze and stumble over my words.”

“Will I ever understand all of this?”

Yes, I was being really dramatic.  For some reason, I just suddenly lost it.  I was ready to give up.

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Inspiration Through Failure

Learning a new language is not something that you can attempt half-assed and expect to make ridiculous improvements.  Lazy efforts bring about lazy results.  On the other side of the spectrum, we have those who entirely devote themselves to learning.  I like to think I am somewhere close to the latter.

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