Language Challenge #1 – Thoughts
So it’s the end of week 1 and the first Language Challenge. Hopefully you know why you’re here but if not here’s a link to last week’s goal-setting post. As promised there’s a video of me. Just look at the top of this post.
What have I learned?
15 new verbs. There’s no 2 ways about it, I’ve learned 15 new things. New useful things. That’s positive! It was a specific goal but that was the point. Here they are:
- S’échauffer – to warm up
- S’étirer – to stretch
- (Se) Frotter – To rub (oneself)
- (Se) Gratter – To scratch (oneself)
- Frapper dans ses mains – To clap one’s hands
- Faire craquer ses doigts – To crack/click one’s fingers
- Trébucher – To trip (over)
- Boiter – To limp
- Renifler – To sniff
- (Se) Mordre – To bite (oneself)
- Cueillir – To pick/pluck
- S’élancer – To launch oneself
- Hocher la tête – To nod one’s head
- Se tapoter – To pat (oneself)
- Se pencher/se baisser – To bend down
Over the last week I’ve used techniques that are not so spectacular: I’ve written notes, created flash cards, repeatedly gone over the flash cards, and even practised with my italki teacher. One thing stands out though: I worked everyday because of this target.
Before last week I had been making lists of new words and phrases I came across, but rarely regularly reviewing them. I’d remember the odd thing from a previous conversation but the majority would fly out of my head because they didn’t come up again. So I took action. I even got in front of the camera, which is pretty new for me (can you tell from the video?!)
I learned more than 15
There were several verbs in the list that have both reflexive and non-reflexive versions, like frotter (to rub) and se frotter (to rub oneself).
I learned I can stick to my goals
Knowing I’d said I’d put a video up (even if it’s not certain a lot of people would watch it) really made me determined to memorise the verbs.
I learned new vocabulary
I coming up with sentences to give my verbs context I learned new vocab such as un rhume which means a cold.
I learned that French people get confused too
Hocher la tête can mean both nod and shake your head! I found this online and put it to a couple of friends, neither of whom were 100% sure either way. I like these trivial parts of a language.
I learned more about video editing
A new hobby of mine is filming and video editing so this was a good opportunity to give myself practice with a real project.
Was 15 ambitious enough or not enough?
I’d say I could do more. The A in SMART stands for ambitious (or achievable) after all. Even after having read the list over and over for the past week I can struggle to get all 15 but I know that I have filtered them into my system and I’m going to be able to use them. So I’d say the next goal of a similar nature I’d go for 20. They have to be relevant to me though or I won’t use them. Sometimes you have to be ruthless and only learn what you’re going to use in the short term. Be as efficient as possible!
I want to hear from you
What language are you learning at the moment? What goals are you working towards? Let me know in the comments here or on social media!
À bientôt !