For those of you who occasionally check in to see what’s going on in my wonderful world of languages, I wanted to give a short update. I have been dealing with alot of things (mostly grief issues, as the first “anniversary” of my beloved Chris’s death is next week 1/28), and have not had as much time to blog.
However, I am continuing with my Spanish in full force, and dabbling with German. Adding a little of everything else was way too much for me, and I think I was manic when I wrote my previous “goals for 2007” speech a few weeks ago! I picked a more reasonable book to read – Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” (or “Forastera” in Spanish), and am working through it as my study time permits. There are tons of vocabulary that I can understand because of the context (and knowing the storyline), which I am adding to my to-learn list. I am finding that I have a huge passive vocabulary, and I am working towards transferring much of that to my active vocabulary.
I am also dabbling a little bit with German, with the intention of that being my secondary language. I find that I don’t have that much time for it, and so it gets left by the wayside. I usually put one lesson of German in with my Spanish (3-s, 1-G) on my mp3 player for the time when I’m at work, so I still am getting a taste for it, but it’s not a priority in any way.
I’ve also gotten in the habit of watching Stargate SG-1 in Spanish. It’s one of my favorite TV shows, and when I want to escape or relax, I usually will put those DVDs on before anything else. The only problem is that only the first season has a Spanish language track, so I will have to break out some other DVDs soon! The more I watch it in Spanish, the more I understand.