#507 Language Learning – S2 E5 – Why I failed! ­čç«­čç╣

With the time flying by, it’s quite a while since I have actively worked on my Italian language skills for the last time. I have stopped! As simple as that!

My excuse? Well, I don’t have one! I just set my priorities differently.

With the second semester from March to August 2020 being quite time consuming, I decided to do not proceed in my Italian learning program. And well, then I wanted to enjoy the summer. Sure, not just laying around in the sun next to the pool all the time, but I focused all my attention on a book series about race cars.

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And Italian? Well, that was not really on the agenda, I guess.

The time flew by and here I am, having not worked on my non existent Italian skills for nearly a year. Can you believe it!?

How does it feel?

Well, what do you want me to say? I just decided to do other things instead. I just did not want to do it. And that’s it!

Having a conversation with an Italian recently, I got reminded about this idea I once had, to actually learn the Italian language. But right now, it doesn’t seem to be the perfect time! I am in the midst of my master thesis, I need to find a job for the time after February 2021 and of course I have all those other hobbies and interests of mine waiting to get done with.

Will I restart the Italian project?

Yes, I will! But right now doesn’t seem to be the perfect time. I will schedule this until the early summer of 2021 in case I start working in March, or beginn sooner, if the job starts later.

But why don’t you just start right now?

For me, the thing gets quite obvious. Language learning is nothing that comes naturally to me. It’s neither making me a lot of fun, nor am I particular good in learning stuff intuitively after hearing it once or twice. Therefore, learning a language seems to be quite a challenge for me. Sure, it’s not a mission impossible, but something very time consuming. I will need to focus specifically on this project with everything that I have. My life needs to become Italian for a while.

Methods VS. Skills

Looking at my success story on the English related side of life, the use of “the right” methods can pretty much compensate a lack of skills in certain areas. But nevertheless, it’s still a lot of work. It’s still something that consumes a lot of energy and time. Time and energy I currently can not spend with it.

To be continued in March or summer of 2021.

See you next time!


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