My language goals for 2012
I know a lot of people think New Year's Resolutions are stupid. Personally I've always liked them and I try to make some every year. Unfortunately, I can't remember the resolutions I made for 2011. :-/
But that old, tired year will be behind us soon. It's time to start thinking about the wonderful New Year!
While I have a number of New Year's Resolutions - including to start flossing my teeth more often :-) - the main topic of this blog is language, so I'm only going to talk about my language learning goals.
Read more to see my language goals for next year!
My progress in 2011
I started learning Polish in 2007. The year I studied the hardest was definitely 2008, when I read and listened to all the Harry Potter books in Polish.
It's sad to say, but 2011 was the year I spent the least time studying Polish by far.
It's understandable: this year I spent more time working than I ever have in my life. But it's also disappointing. Next year I want to devote more time to my favorite hobby: learning Polish!
Read a book every month
... in Polish, of course!
I've already read over 30 books in Polish. So, 12 in a year isn't very many. But this year I read only 2 or 3!
I thought about setting a higher goal, but I want it to be something that I know I can achieve. A minimum of a book a month sounds reasonable.
Speak Polish with my wife everyday
My wife only speaks a little Polish but she understands a lot! We've gone for as long as an hour where I speak only Polish and she speaks mostly English. (We should make a video of this sometime!)
Being forced to organize my thoughts into Polish every day (if only for 5 minutes!) will hopefully help keep my speaking skills sharp. And it might improve my wife's Polish too!
Take the Polish C2 exam
I'm not a big fan of exams or certifications. I think they're artificial and focus too much on obscure grammar points. In general, I believe it's more important to be able to fluidly express your ideas and understand what people say - even if you make a lot of mistakes!
But I've been studying Polish for five years now. Maybe it's time to learn some obscure grammar points?
C2 is the highest level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, so I'm not entirely certain that I'd pass. But I think my Polish would improve from the attempt.
And if I did pass, it would be so cool to have proof that I speak decent Polish. :-)
What do you think of my language resolutions? Do you think I'll accomplish them? What are your language learning goals for next year? Leave a comment below!