December 2019


The beginning…


I decided to learn a language in mid-December. Initially, I tried learning 4 languages in Duolingo. Russian, Spanish, Hebrew & Arabic.

After a few days of that self-torture, it was quite apparent that I had to choose one if I was going to be serious about it.

For a variety of reasons, I ended up choosing Russian. (Side note: I already had a basic grasp of Spanish from previous learning attempts and from a lot of IRL exposure. This would have been the optimal choice, but I guess the contrarian in me won out)

I don’t enjoy tracking, so my timeline is messy. I’ll try to remember what I can and share it here.

Fortunately, I do remember the major things that I did this month They are:

  • Learned Cyrillic. Don’t remember it being too hard.
  • Started watching a course for beginners, don’t remember finishing it.
  • Added some Russian songs to my library.
  • Started watching Easy Languages videos.
  • Watched a lot of beginner content.
  • Occasionally watched kids cartoons.
  • Started listening to Russian ASMR.