April Fools’ Resolutions

on Apr 2, 2015

As I was going through the motions of the day yesterday, I started wondering why New Year’s gets to have all of the fun. Why can’t I pick a random day and decide to make a change? Given that my path to Chinese Fluency is looking a bit foolish, why not April Fools’ Day?

My last post, a Weekly Progress Report, came a few days before I became very sick with Influenza. For most people, that would mean a maximum of 7-10 days out of commission, but my body likes to round up. Compounding the challenge, I tried to resume triathlon training much too quickly and exacerbated the situation. So this week has been the first since early March where I’ve actually felt good.

During the time I’ve been away, my Chinese studies faltered somewhat, but I was able to keep up with weekly classes, flashcards, and a lot of passive learning via Netflix. Nevertheless, I feel like I’ve been treading water instead of moving forward. With just a couple of months of learning left before I travel to China, it’s time to stop treading water.

So, my April Fools’ Resolutions:

  1. Speak Chinese Daily: I haven’t been able to work out any consistent language exchanges to date (the fault of my schedule) so I will just use iTalki tutors if I don’t have another alternative.
  2. Listen to a Podcast Daily: I’ve actually already started down this path. 5 per week per my original plan doesn’t work as I’m always thinking I can get to it tomorrow. No more…flashcards and podcasts in the morning, every morning.
  3. Read Daily: I know all of these characters, and I still don’t read much at all. Even if it’s just one Sina Weibo post, I’m going to ready something every day.
  4. Write Daily:Even if it’s just one sentence, I will attempt to write daily on iTalki.

It’s going to be a 2 month sprint to the fluent line. Hopefully I can get close enough to feel comfortable with my abilities when I arrive in China.