It’s time for another update on the italki language challenge and I’m quite disappointed in myself to say the least. While I have done passive learning through LingQ and writing kanji on the mobile apps I’ve been using. I haven’t been able to schedule a time with a Japanese tutor at all during week 5. Part of it cannot be helped because of my new hectic work schedule. While another part of it is just not having the patient to wait around for an instant tutor for Japanese.
How Many Lessons Have I Completed So Far?
As of today, I will have completed 9 lessons with a Japanese tutor. Which means I’m still have a long way to go if I’m going to complete 20 lessons on time. In order to complete the challenge I will have needed to complete 10 more lessons by the end of this week. Can I realistically accomplish this major undertaking? Whatever happens, happens!
This week will definitely be a catalyst to whether or not I have the motivation to conquer the challenge victoriously.
What If I Don’t Win?
Losing can be disheartening, especially if you are a very competitive person who needs to take the challenge head-on. However, it’s also a great opportunity to learn more about your own style of learning languages. Not winning this challenge could motivate you to put together a better routine for your language learning. After all, just reminiscing about how much you would love to learn a different language won’t allow you to actually get out there and do it.
If I don’t win, I will still be able to incorporate better learning techniques from just participating in this challenge. My Japanese will have improved either way, even if I didn’t win the challenge. It has also given me the motivation to keep a consistent speaking schedule with a native speaker. In return, my active (speaking and writing) skills will have improved along with my passive learning (reading and listening) too.
Taking Action Now!
One of the things that holds many people back from pursuing their goals/dreams/passions is not taking action. People often want to learn another language but lack the motivation to aim for fluency. If this challenge has taught me anything, it’s to just get out there and do it! There’s always something you can do in your new target language.
If you’re a beginner then spending the extra money to meet with a professional teacher would actually be a brilliant investment. The key is choosing one who is going to meet your specific needs in order to make progress in your target language.
By joining the italki challenge I was able to not only able to meet excellent tutors but increase my motivation by consistently taking lessons with a tutor on a regular basis. Doing this will boost my confidence and allow me to hit a milestone in Japanese I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.
Over To You
How are you progressing in the italki challenge? Are you close to completely all 20 lessons? Are you way behind like I am? I would love to hear about the italki challenge has helped improved your language abilities.