February 2022 Week 2 Recap

So when did I suddenly have so many damn things to do, anyway?

Another week has past and it’s time to review progress, hooray!

Tuesday 2/08

  • Duolingo: 10 lessons, ~60 minutes

Wednesday 2/09

  • Duolingo: 10 lessons, ~60 minutes

Thursday 2/10

Friday 2/11

  • Duolingo: 10 lessons, ~60 minutes

Saturday 2/12

  • Duolingo: 10 lessons, ~60 minutes

Sunday 2/13

  • Duolingo: 10 lessons, ~60 minutes

Monday 2/14

  • Duolingo: 10 lessons, ~60 minutes

Total Time: 7 hours 0 minutes

This week has been…something.  Not that you can really tell looking at this staggeringly boring and normal looking week of progress here, where I continue to just peck away and Duolingo lessons, slowly getting more and more used to the basics and working my way ever so slowly up toward actual comprehension.  No, this week has been something for personal reasons that I don’t strictly want to get into in a public forum, but which are both very, very good, and also very, very stressful, and it’s made things pretty complicated as of late.  There is a very strong chance that these complications are going to spill right on over into the rest of my life and impact this project in the coming few weeks, as I have a number of things I’m dealing with, not the least of which is a potential job shift at my company.  These things are all rather good, mind you, but they aren’t going to be easy, and I’m going to have some rocky spots with my life and this project, I think.  I’ll have lulls, too, and it’ll eventually even out, I hope, but for now I’m bracing myself for a wild ride.

In the meantime, I don’t have a ton to report on this project yet.  I am always of multiple minds at this stage of things, where I am both overwhelmed with things and working to try and hold onto as much as I can to make heads or tails of anything I read or see, and worrying that I’m hobbling myself going too slow and staying in a narrow box of safe challenge that I should be trying to bash through.  It certainly feels worse with Japanese than it did with Spanish, but that’s understandable, I think, considering just how little of a base I have in the language, so building up from nothing is both a lot and also interminably slow.  I feel like I could probably be going faster than I am and am maybe hobbling myself, while at the same time not feeling confident in the little shred of the language I’ve been focused on.  I just need to remind myself that this isn’t a race and I’ll get there eventually, and it’s too early to panic that I’m hanging back at the easy stuff out of worry.  I have made progress, and I’ll make more, just have to be patient with it.  I’ll get there.

Anyway, that’ll do for this one.  My apologies for the vagaries, but I’m playing some stuff close to the chest right now and will probably do so for a while here.  The important thing is marching on forward.  TTFN.

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