Monday, March 9, 2009

Haven't forgotten about the blog...

Nope. Not even close. But I have been putting off posting (and also studying French as often, unfortunately) in the pursuit of other, more pressing things at the moment. Please check in during the next few days... I will be updating you reaaaaal soon.

Please also note: On the sidebar, I am keeping track of the hours I spend studying each language (roughly). My dad told me recently that 1,000 hours of practice in anything leads to proficiency. He's testing the theory with piano. I'm testing it with language. Of course, I've been studying Spanish now for nearly ten years, so I think it's pretty safe to say that I'm beyond estimating how much practice that is. As far as French goes, I would say that I have spent no more than 50 hours studying. In both cases, I am resetting the counters to ZERO and seeing where I go from there. I am counting listening to music as practice, so I'm sure to rack up the Spanish hours simply on my ride to work.

I am still debating whether to log "jogging" time on my language counter. My brain usually likes to use the steady, rhythmic pounding of my feet against the cement to drone out life and then repeat phrases and sayings and scenarios in my head. Most of the time while I'm running, I'm whispering to myself in Spanish. I know, it makes me sound like a looney. This week, after practicing, it was French. Repeating language repeatedly, unintentionally in my head... would that be considered practicing it? Hard to say.