My Lack of Practice in Spanish Output

I'd have more practice if I would ever talk to anyone else... ...but I'm shy

(This blog is the English translation of this week’s primary blog, which was originally written in Spanish.)

These blogs in Spanish are strange, but I think they’re important. I don’t get much experience with Spanish output, because I always focus on reading and listening comprehension. I watch Netflix and YouTube, listen to podcasts, read books, play video games, but I don’t talk to other people very often, and I don’t write much either. Only these blogs, once a month. It’s a lazy routine, right?

Well, I don’t know for sure, but I don’t feel like I’m doing something wrong. Each time it gets easier and I feel more comfortable. I don’t think my writing is perfect or anything, I know there are mistakes, but I don’t need to stop and think until my brain hurts in order to say simple things. I know a lot of phrases and I don’t have to look up translations most of the time, so I can just sit at my desk and write.

Okay, none of that’s surprising, really. I think learning is driven by books and TV, not by attempts to speak or write. After all, I learn phrases from books in order to to have them in my mind. These blogs get easier because I know more of the language than I knew the month before, without any practice in between.

That said, I’m worried that it could be the wrong course of action, at least partially. I’ve been worried that I should’ve started focusing on Spanish output months ago, and I haven’t because I’m too shy. I can already read 99% of the books I pick up, and I can almost say the same of the things I listen to, and while I have improved a lot in the past few months, I haven’t improved that much. It isn’t such a drastic difference that it shows that I couldn’t have learned to speak then. If I’d tried, maybe I would’ve gotten better quickly. But I didn’t try. It’s just that I’m shy and nervous (and, not to mention transgender and I’m still getting comfortable with myself), and I recognized that it wouldn’t hurt if I waited. I can always catch up later.

In this quarantine, I’m thinking about this sort of stuff more often, because I think that this situation in the world can be beneficial for language learning. There are a lot of people at home and online, so anyone can go to iTalki and find a tutor for a few dollars. Before the outbreak, well, who had the time for a tutor? But now, everyone’s going nuts from boredom, right? There isn’t a better time.

Maybe I’ll take my own advice and work on it, although I’m not sure. I am still shy and nervous. But you? You should not follow my example, and use this quarantine to the fullest. There may never be a chance like it again. Don’t be like me, be a winner!

Anyway, let’s get to the numbers for the week, before this blog gets sillier.

Tuesday 4/14

  • Duolingo: 20 XP earned, ~0 minutes
  • Reading: 6% of Una Oscuridad en Sethanon, ~90 minutes
  • Watching/Listening: 1 episode of Diablero, 1 episode of Beastars, ~60 minutes
  • Speaking: reading out loud, ~30 minutes

Wednesday 4/15

  • Duolingo: 20 XP earned, ~0 minutes
  • Reading: 6% of Una Oscuridad en Sethanon, ~90 minutes
  • Watching/Listening: 1 episode of Kiwillius, 1 episode of Beastars, 1 episode of Daniel San GMR, ~60 minutes
  • Speaking: reading out loud, ~30 minutes

Thursday 4/16

  • Duolingo: 20 XP earned, ~0 minutes
  • Reading: 6% of Una Oscuridad en Sethanon, ~90 minutes
  • Watching/Listening: 1 episode of Kiwillius, 1 episode of Beastars, 1 episode of Daniel San GMR, ~60 minutes
  • Speaking: reading out loud, ~30 minutes

Friday 4/17

  • Duolingo: 20 XP earned, ~0 minutes
  • Reading: 8% of Una Oscuridad en Sethanon, ~120 minutes
  • Watching/Listening: 1 episode of La Zona Cero, 2 episodes of Beastars, ~60 minutes
  • Speaking: reading out loud, ~30 minutes

Saturday 4/18

  • Duolingo: 20 XP earned, ~0 minutes
  • Reading: 2% of Una Oscuridad en Sethanon, ~30 minutes
  • Writing: ~1000 words written, ~120 minutes
  • Speaking: reading out loud, ~30 minutes

Sunday 4/19

  • Duolingo: 20 XP earned, ~0 minutes
  • Reading: 2% of Una Oscuridad en Sethanon, ~30 minutes
  • Watching/Listening: 1 episode of Diablero, 2 episodes of Beastars, 1 episode of DSimphony, 1 episode of Daniel San GMR, ~120 minutes
  • Speaking: reading out loud, ~30 minutes

Monday 4/20

  • Duolingo: 20 XP earned, ~0 minutes
  • Reading: 6% of Una Oscuridad en Sethanon, ~90 minutes
  • Watching/Listening: 3 episodes of Calex MP, ~60 minutes
  • Speaking: reading out loud, ~30 minutes
  • Total Duolingo: 140 XP, 0 minutes
  • Total reading: 1/3 books read, 540 minutes
  • Total watching/listening: 10 YouTube episodes and 9 tv episodes, 420 minutes
  • Total writing: 1000 words written, 120 minutes
  • Total speaking: reading out loud, 210 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 hours 0 minutes

A good week again, as you can see. Next week is going to be different, because I’m taking a few days off. My job’s been difficult recently and I need a break. I’m still going to work on this project, though, so I won’t take a break from the numbers. At least I hope so.

I finished the series Beastars this week and I loved it. It’s a weird show (and furry, and violent, and horny), but I’m a garbage person, so it’s perfect for me. There’s another season coming out soon in Japan, and I can’t wait.

I believe I’ll finish Una Oscurdiad en Sethanon next week. I’m still not sure if I can find more of the series in Spanish, and that makes me nervous, because I like the series. I should look for all the books soon, because I feel like that every time I finish a book, and that is ridiculous.  If I can find a bunch of books with a simple Amazon search and stop driving myself crazy, I ought to do it immediately.

Well, that’s good for now. The next blog is going to be special. Why? Well, it’s a secret, but I really want to write it. Until then, stay safe. And wash your hands. TTFN.

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