Aw, the sense of accomplishment. After months (or longer) of trying, you finally finish a learning tree on Duolingo. It's happened for me twice. A year ago I finished French, and just a couple months ago I finished German.
Duolingo has a new Chat Bot feature so you can practice your conversational skills without the pressure of talking with a live person.
This new feature has lots of things that I'm excited about, and one big thing that has me really disappointed.
It's been a busy couple of months. I can't believe I haven't blogged since April.
Even though I haven't been writing about language learning, doesn't mean I haven't been learning languages.
Here's what I've been up to since I last wrote.
I don't think I've ever been so excited about a new t-shirt.
So I have a sister named Cami. She is one of my three favorite sisters. She's one of those creative types that does vinyl lettering on walls and silk screening on t-shirts. A few weeks ago I asked her to make me a shirt with some Lao writing on it.
For many people, one of the hardest things about learning a new language is keeping with it. You get excited about learning a new language. You buy yourself The Complete Idiots Guide to Learning Spanish. You read for a couple days, and then you quit.
Here's some of the best advice I've ever heard about being a consistent language learner: You should do something every day that will make sure you engage in learning a language tomorrow.
I wish I could take credit for that one piece of advice. (I also wish I remembered who said it in the first place, so I could give them credit.)
So naturally, there are some good things you can do today that will make it more likely that you study tomorrow, and there are some bad things you want to avoid that will keep you from learning a language tomorrow.
In today's post, I'm going to focus on one of those bad things: language learning burnout.