Sometimes I don’t know why I set myself ridiculous tasks such as trying to learn something like 600 Chinese words in under a month (because I slacked off my challenge earlier), or listen to 58 audio hours….oh man!
But here I am, now, with only 30 words to go (currently mid-morning), and counting, to meet my tasks before the end of the month. And only 23 listening hours to go… After that, I have to finish my French challenge: only another 55 audio hrs…
Why do we push ourselves? What is it that makes us want to take on challenges? I’ve had everything under the sun thrown at me this month. Yet, we still grit our teeth and thumb our nose at opposition.I digress, but……even as a kid I liked to compete against myself. Later, I happened to see a “hard-looking” Logic textbook in my university campus bookstore. So I decided to study formal Logic studies, including truth-functions and derivations, for no other reason than: “Well, if those 20-somethings can do it, so can I!” (and I did!)
I went to law-school, too, for no reason than, “Because I CAN!”, even though I was a sole-parent of 2 then, wearing a t-shirt, jeans, backpack and sneakers to class, whilst everyone else it seemed came with their laptop briefcases and dressed like something out of “Law & Order”. Ha! I often deliberately wore a bright pink T-shirt, as my way of saying, “but just you wait and see!” Mind you, when it was time to accept my Law Prize (in a ceremony officiated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of SA), I made sure I looked like something out of Law & Order in front of those 20-somethings! ^^
Now back to Chinese: When I had 150 words left to learn for my challenge I couldn’t see how I could learn anymore from the vocab pages. I never seem to learn from the online flashcards, either. Then I filtered the vocab page to show only ‘3’ status, remembering I put words straight into this category when I meet them, if I can read them or almost know them etc. Bingo! That reduced it to 80 words to go… Then what??! I set the vocab page to SRS option - bingo! Whole bunch of words showed up in the list that I already knew. Now I’m down to 30 remaining words, and haven’t finished going through yet. Thank goodness I didn’t have to try to learn words from scratch - I would have failed the challenge otherwise.
Anyway, back to my Chinese:)