I wanted to pop in and wish all of you a happy new year! I know I disappeared for a while– I just didn’t have the mental focus to blog the last two months. I certainly didn’t lack inspiration, though. I learn so many things every day! I also forget so many things every day– I sometimes feel that for every ten new things I learn, twenty silently slip out the back door. Well, this year I’m committed to doing a much better job of guarding those words (by using them over and over again) to make sure they don’t sneak out on me when I turn my back.
I’m also going to blog much more regularly. I’d like to be more whimsical and just blog when words and phrases strike me. For example, I was going through my mountains of papers the other day, when I came across the phrase cortar el bacalao. To cut the cod. Hmmm. Whatever could it mean??? Stay tuned and you’ll find out.
What are your propósitos for the new year in regards to Spanish? I have two. One, I want to start teaching private classes. Two, I am going to massively increase my amount of listening in Spanish, and this will mostly be via watching TV and listening to podcasts. (Of native material, not material for learners) I’ll go into more detail on why sometime later this week. It probably wouldn’t hurt me to start writing again on Lang-8 either; now that I’m not writing regular love letters in Spanish like I used to, my writing skills aren’t what they used to be.
Thinking back on 2012, I’m very pleased that I read a lot in Spanish– I’ll blog about that later. I’m also pleased that since I moved back to the US a year ago, both of the jobs I’ve had have been 100% in Spanish. Plus, I got to spend 5 weeks in South America over the summer. Who could complain?! Not me, that’s for sure. Still, I know I can learn much more this year, challenge myself significantly more, and do more fun and cool things in Spanish that don’t include endlessly talking about Spanish. A little more action, a little less navel-gazing, please. That’s my desire, anyway.
What are your goals? What actions and progress and new habits are you proud of from 2012? Again, just focusing on Spanish. Let’s make it a great year for all of us! May this year be fruitful and fun and very, very pleasurable.