I am pleased to report that last month (June), I reached the 500 hour mark of my Spanish project.
Unfortunately (but not unexpectedly), the progress I made going from 200 to 500 hours was not as impressive as it was going from 0 to 200. And even though I ran up against the law of diminishing returns, I still have plenty of things to say about my experience.
In my last post, I talked about how I laid out a plan back in November of 2016 to put me on a path to fluency in Spanish. My plan was to:
In my last two posts , I told the story of my failed attempts to learn Spanish. From years of taking classes to trying to learn on my own by reading, writing, and speaking.
After all those years of failure, I re-assessed what worked and what didn't and came up with a new plan.
And though I am here writing this article in February of 2017, I will speak of what I laid out last November to put me on a path to fluency...
In my previous post, I talked about how 6+ years of Spanish classes left me still unable to use the language despite doing well on tests.
Finally, one day in September of 2016, I decided that enough was enough and that I was going to learn Spanish once and for all...
In my very first post, I mentioned that I will be learning Spanish as my third language. In this post, I will talk about my history of trying to learn this language.
As you will see, this won't be my first attempt. Growing up, I was required to take a foreign language in school. I was given the option between choosing Spanish or French (the only two choices at my Junior High), and I chose Spanish because it was the second most spoken language in the United States.
After taking six years (if I remember correctly) of Spanish classes in both Junior High and High school, I finally became fluent... or not.
Hello and welcome to Delusions of Fluency. This site is a project of mine aimed at recording my thoughts on language learning.
First, a little about me... I was raised in the United States of America and English is my native language. Since my parents were immigrants, I also grew up speaking Russian at home (though it's not as strong as my English).
Unlike many other language sites, which are written by polyglots (people who know a lot more languages than me... ha-ha!), I am not here to sell you an expensive e-book or language program. Instead, this site will follow my progress as I try to pick up a third language.
I am also not a language expert, nor do I possess any kind of language credentials whatsoever. Instead, I am just an ordinary person with a regular day job who is doing this on the side. My hope is that this site will be an inspiration to others who are also looking to learn a language, especially those who, like me, can only devote so much time because of jobs and responsibilities.
I believe that language learning should be FREE.
I do not believe that you need you need to pay for anything other than an internet connection or cable TV in order to learn a language.
No e-books... no language programs... no fancy apps.
So without further ado, the third language I am here to master is Spanish and in my next post, I will talk about my history of trying to learn this language.