You know what to do, let us know what you plan or hope to achieve for 2010! I’ve had a pretty poor year progress-wise, not achieving nearly as much as I could have and I feel like it was a real waste. I’ve studied Swedish on and off for almost two years and I really just have no excuse for not having attained a good level in it. I could also have made far more progress in Spanish than I have, having started in January and basically putting it on hold for no real reason.
It’s going to be quite tough in 2010, because I was extremely lazy with my University studies last year and did poorly in my classes. I’ve made the resolution to really nail my remaining classes for my degree and come out with some top marks. So balancing that with my language studies is going to be a real challenge. Hopefully an enjoyable one, but a real challenge nonetheless
Anyway, here we go. My 2010 goals for currently studied languages:
Maintain my German and French and start making use of tutors to improve and refine my speaking skills.
READ MORE French and German. I seriously don’t read anywhere enough in any language and it’s embarrassing.
Activate my Spanish and Swedish. Try and get my vocabulary up to around 15,000 in each by December 31, 2010.
Try to do the same for French and German (should be pretty easy, since I have a pretty wide vocabulary in German and French is not far behind).
Finish both volumes of James Heisig’s “Remembering Traditional Hanzi” and then, if I have enough time, make a start on learning the remaining 1400 odd characters in Richard Harbaugh’s “Chinese Characters: A Dictionary and Genealogy”.
Work through all three volumes of John DeFrancis’ Chinese Reader series, then start going through LingQ.
Try and hit at least Upper-Intermediate on Chinesepod.
Generally just keep plodding along comfortably and enjoyably in Chinese.
My future languages for 2010:
After I have gotten underway with Spanish and Swedish and chatted with the tutors and basically developed a level of all-round comfort in these languages, make a start on Dutch, Italian and Portuguese and essentially try to cover as much as possible of the most major Germanic and Romance languages.
If I can handle it, make a start on Russian.
Now let’s see how much of this I actually achieve. How do you guys plan to spend next year?