Language Diaries

I don’t know if any of you have had, what I’m self-diagnosing as, a ganglion cyst, but it hurts really bad. I know I’m no doctor, but a few of my colleagues have also had this type of bubble on their wrist in the same location as mine. Sadly, it’s right above my little paw print, so I hope it goes away soon ☹

It’s painful and difficult to use my hand, especially typing on a phone or keyboard, and using a mouse, but I can’t avoid doing either since my job requires it.

Moving on from my own personal problems…

There is a fun idea that came to me. Well, really, it was brought up by someone I was talking to and I thought it sounded like a really fun/helpful idea.

She is studying English and says that she keeps a diary where she only writes in English. It forces her to use the language, even if she doesn’t speak it on a day-to-day basis.

This sounded really clever to me! Clearly, I don’t speak Korean on a day to day basis either, so I really just pace my room saying the words out-loud to memorize them. And, yes, that’s how I’ve always studied. If you’ve ever lived or roomed with me, you would know this or find out very quickly.

Now, the girl I was talking to has been studying English since middle school, so she does have like 20 years on me. However, I thought it would still be helpful to try. I need to utilize what I’ve been studying more in order to retain it better. I also only make sentences when I’m talking to people on the app, and half the time I’m looking things up, or when I’m in class.

I’m really horrible at being put on the spot in a classroom setting or even quickly trying to remember vocabulary and grammar in the midst of a conversation. So, I tend to just do a rush job of it, get flustered, and look up things I probably could have figured out if I just took more time and didn’t let my nerves get the better of me.

So, this diary idea will be useful and, hopefully, help me to create sentences more naturally in the future.

What are some fun study tips that you use or used to do?

Also, happy birthday to my husband! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

2 thoughts on “Language Diaries

  1. When I was trying to learn Japanese, I watched a lot of anime in Japanese. I know that this is probably a bad way to learn a language as I still had the English subtitles, but I only watched anime subbed rather than dubbed.

    Learning Japanese also got me into making more origami paper cranes than usual and giving them away as gifts to random strangers. I found that to be therapeutic.

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    • To be fair a lot of people do the same thing! Just like many people learn English by watching American TV shows lol I wish they would put subtitles in english and in the spoken language though. That way, I would know exactly what they are saying since it’s hard to understand sometimes. They talk very fast.

      I actually tried learning Japanese first! How long have you been studying it? I’m curious if you are still learning!

      The paper cranes reminds me of that book they have many kids read in 3rd or 4th grade. I think it’s a Thousand Paper Cranes πŸ€” have you read it?


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