Something I’m constantly surprised by and reevaluating over time is my perceived current level in Spanish. I’ve talked a number of times on this blog about how difficult it is to judge yourself in an objective way and how easy it is to both overestimate and underestimate your own abilities, and I can comfortably say … Continue reading The Folly of Self-Assessments
A common topic to cover in language learning circles is finding and making time for studying, because doing that is often the key factor in determining whether someone learns a foreign language or not, all other things being equal. If someone devotes either an hour a week or an hour a day toward language learning, … Continue reading Recognizing When to Scale Back Learning
So it’s been a good chunk of time now that I’ve been using audio material heavily in my day to day routine, and I thought it would be a good idea to evaluate this routine again. A big part of being successful with self-directed projects is the ability to be introspective and approach your own … Continue reading Reflecting on Learning Methods
At the start of the year, I wrote a blog establishing my “Yearly Themes” for 2019, the overarching ideas I’ve been keeping in mind for making decisions in my life. I’d originally planned to touch base on those themes at the beginning of July, as a mid-year point of reflection, and as you can see, … Continue reading Reflections on Yearly Themes
So at the start of the month, I decided to experiment with my studying methods. Months before, I had switched up my focus to almost exclusively reading, because after the first month I had very noticeable results on not only my ability to follow books, but also my listening comprehension. However, after three additional months … Continue reading Watching/Listening Experiment Post-Mortem
So after spending four weeks limiting my language study time to reading only, the big question I had left was how my listening comprehension fared from the experience. This experiment was prompted by some case histories that I read, covering a variety of people at different levels of fluency in a second language who improved … Continue reading Reading-Only Experiment Postmortem
The common metaphor people use for language learning is climbing a mountain. It’s a pretty serviceable metaphor, you got the sense of scale and intimidation of looking up from the base and having trouble seeing the summit, you got the parts of the trek that are easy walking between parts that are more rough to … Continue reading The Difference Between Input and Output
What is this blog, indeed? Well, to start things off, an introduction of sorts. Hello! I’m bats. I’m a writer, artist, and monolingual English speaker. I like those first two labels, but I’ve never been happy about the third one, and toward the end of 2017, I decided to try and do something about it. … Continue reading What Is This Blog?