After taking 10 lessons in German and 10 lessons in Catalan while tutoring several students in
Swedish and just a few in English and working full-time, I managed to finish the italki New Year’s 2015 Language Challenge just 3 days before the challenge end. Phew! That was intense but it was my second win since I participated in my first italki challenge last January. This really helped my German and Catalan skills improve even though I had to split the challenge equally between the 2 languages.
I was originally going to do three languages but I knew that I wouldn’t have seen too much results had I added say, Japanese to the list like I originally planned. It was great though because my German seriously needed it and much to my surprise it was much better than I thought it was. I was really able to discover a diverse range of tutors from Germany and Austria (Unfortunately nobody was available in the time frame I need from Switzerland! 🙁 Oh well another time! )
For Catalan however, I scheduled two packages with only one tutor and that was because time was not on my side and I really needed to have all my sessions booked as soon as possible. Which is a shame because I met so many fantastic Catalan tutors (apart from the one I was working with) from the last time that I wanted to speak with again. So I’ll have to plan sessions with them again soon.
How Did I Do It Despite My Busy Schedule?
I tried to book each session as soon as possible. I recommend doing this just before the challenge begins (or immediately after). Don’t make the mistake of spontaneously trying to book sessions around your schedule. I did this multiple times and this is why I lost the italki New Year’s 2014 Language Challenge and the italki World Cup Language Challenge 2014 in the summer was because I didn’t book my sessions in advance. By the time the italki October Challenge came, I was determined to win and lo and behold I did! Not only that but I finished early too! How awesome was that!
Now I can proudly say that I’ve conquered this challenge thanks to the following tutors: nuriayasmin, Andy, Carina, Christian, Steffi Ross, Doreen D, Jenny Spitzmüller, and surbhik as well as Teresa for Catalan. I would highly recommend all of them. They were so encouraging and made this challenge incredibly enjoyable.
Jetzt auf Deutsch.
Wie hat mein Deutsch verbessert?
Ich muss sagen, mein Deutsch bestimmt viel besser als ich habe gedacht. Ich könnte ziemlich gut Deutsch schon verstehen weil ich seit 5 Jahre Deutsch gelernt und ich auch spreche Dänisch, Swedisch und Englisch als Muttersprachen. Letztes Jahr habe ich nie Deutsch geübt dass ich mein Deutsch verschlechtert habe. Aber das stimmt gar nichts! Ich bin sehr überrascht! Ich fühle dass ich einem Gespräch nur auf Deutsch haben kann aber ich benutze auch mein Wortschatz zu verbessern weil es wieder begrenzt ist.
Ara en català.
He millorat el teu català?
Jo penso que el meu català millora molt ràpid. Puc dir més que l’estiu últim quan jo vaig començar aprendre català. És una llengua fantàstic. M’agrada aprendre aquesta llengua. Sento que aprenc més i més cada lliçó. És també ajudo-me entendre més castellà, francès, i l’italià millor. Estaré molt preparat a aprendra quan vull aprendre aquestes llengües una altra vegada. El meu català és encara bàsic però crec que el meu català seguiré millorar si jo segueixo aprendre català.
I’m going to continue with my German for a while so I can continue to build up my fluency it while almost going back to devoting more time to Japanese again. Catalan will still be learned but the primary focus will return to Japanese and German. Although I may start learning Icelandic again more or less in the upcoming month as well. It depends on how busy my schedule is and what is to come for March. Seeing that it’s only 4 days away. More updates will be available when it is ready to be known.