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Tuesday, 17 October 2017


To refine my Polish approach further, and to make it faster, here’s what I might do. I’d read a paragraph in English first, just to get it into my head. Then I’d immediately go over the same paragraph in Polish. I’d highlight various words and phrases, but without too much rhyme or reason to it. Simply to focus. And so I wouldn’t waste to much time copying down words.

Let me see. The text that I have is a PDF so I’ll begin by creating a word document to play around on.

This refinement should work well for unfamiliar languages.

Today: D2 F1 G1   
Total: J88 D66 G27 Sp15 P14 F7

Monday, 16 October 2017


I haven’t done much French, but with a useful book at work that’ll change. My French reader is most enjoyable. It has a vocabulary at the back that I largely try to ignore, but every now and then I can’t resist looking up a word—road, toad etc. I think that’s the best way to use dictionaries too. Simply look up a word when you can’t resist. Dip into them according to whim.

In Polish news, I listened to the English One Shot while following in Polish. I noted down the words and the phrases that I think I’d remember.

Today: J2 D5 F1 G1 P1  

Total: J88 D64 G26 Sp15 P14 F6

Sunday, 15 October 2017


An email this morning caused an adrenaline rush. At least I think it was that chemical—there could have been others. But in any case, after that I was brain dead. My mind was useless. I couldn’t concentrate on my usual Japanese. It was the old ‘revert back to the reptilian brain when under stress’.

Therefore, Krashen’s Affective Filter hypothesis doesn’t really need proving. It goes without saying.

For much of my life, I’ve tended to operate in a chronically tense state. Small wonder then that I didn’t do well at languages at school.

But now I’m calm and collected.

Today: J2 D2 F1 Sp 1  

Total: J86 D59 G25 Sp15 P14 F5

Saturday, 14 October 2017


One thing that I should have included yesterday was time. That is, how long would I do each language?

I tally language activity time in 15-minute periods, a point for each. Whether I spend 5, 10 or 15 minutes I get a point, 2 points up to the half hour, and so on. Anything over an hour counts as 5.

It’s easier to spend longer on languages I know better, but that may not be best. Let’s say 15 minutes each per day on Dutch and German, 30 minutes on Japanese, and an hour’s total on 2 or more others. 

Today: J2 D2  

Total: J84 D57 G25 P14 Sp14 F4