i’ve been super organized in 2015 thus far. this blog has helped (you’re reading post number twenty, by the way). the biggest help has been freezing foods – i blogged about this before (i really encourage you to try this lifestyle!).
with the advent februari, i decided to take on a new initiative: seriously learning swedish!! i once heard that it takes about 1000 hours to learn a new language. not sure if there’s any validity to that figure – don’t really care. just, that’s what i had in mind when trying to setup a learning course for myself.
so i thought.. ok if i study 5 hours a week, how long to reach 1000 hours? 4 years.. ohgodthatstoolong
so i thought.. ok if i study 10 hours a week, then it’s 2 years.. nothatsstilltoolong
i finally agreed on 15 hours per week. which really is all that’s about feasible working full time. when i was sitting for the CPA exams, i was probably studying more like 20 hours per week.
i created this calendar for keeping myself on track. across the columns are the days of the week, and down the rows are the weeks. then each day i just write in how many hours i studied. by the end of the week, the total column should say 15.
when i studied for the CPA, i wrote out a two month calendar at a time for each exam where each day had x activity. i left a few days sporadically as ‘free days’ because i knew some days, something would come up and i wouldn’t be able to study. so if on Tuesday i was supposed to do x activity, and i couldn’t for whatever reason, i would mark that day as a ‘free day’, delete a future ‘free day,’ then shift all the study plans back without actually causing a delay.
this is a similar approach, because i just need to arrive at 15 hours in a week. some days can be more, some days can be less.
so there’s three parts to my study plan:
1) rosetta stone, which is a really cool software. everything’s in swedish only. it has listening activities, speaking activities, writing activities, etc.. it does a lot of repetition, so there’s no chance of you missing a concept. almost so much repetition, to where it’s like, ok the horse is dead. i actually started this course awhile back, but i wasn’t fully serious about it, so i just studied whenever. now i’m like 3/4 through the first series package.
2) SFI (svenska för invandrare / swedish for immigrants) which is a classroom course that meets for 2.5 hours every tuesday evening. the city offers this courses for free and you can advance through different levels. i start this coming week.
3) note cards! since i use the public transit, i have a 50ish minute commute each way (that sometimes turns into much longer than 50 minutes if my route is cancelled.. which happens not so infrequently, by the way). i actually don’t mind the ride, because i can space out and do whatever during that time (usually read a book). i decided that about 5 of my 15 hours can be found during my work commutes. note cards are the best way to learn anything because you learn by quizzing yourself. as you study the note cards, the ones you know after several rounds, you eliminate. plus, you remember some words just writing them out. i have tons of accounting note cards somewhere that i made during university. the key to keeping your mind active with note cards is to highlight the cards in different colors. i always use blå, rosa, orange, gult, grönt.
anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. anyone who keeps learning stays young.
i’m one week in! many more to go…!