It’s been almost a week since I made my resolutions and I’ve realised that it would be wise to slice them up in to more manageable goals. Just saying I want to make an app or I want to learn those languages is nice and all, but it’s not really measurable. I won’t plan for the whole year, since I will graduate in 6 months, so instead I’ll set these goals for the coming half year.
First of, again, are the languages. Chinese is my main priority and I’ve already got some experience with it, so I’ve decided I want to reach HSK level 5 within this half year.
For those of you that don’t know, the HSK system is a series of tests that measure your level in listening, reading and writing Chinese. The lowest level being 1, where you know just a few basic words, and the highest level is 6, where you should be able to follow movies and hold complex conversations.
I’m currently already level 3 and I believe I can get to level 4 in 10 weeks. Leaving me with 15 weeks to reach level 5.
For Japanese and Korean I already have some books to study it, so I want to finish those books within the coming half year. They’re at the beginner level, but I’ll tell you more about them in the coming weeks. As a matter of fact, I’ll tell you about all the books I’m using to learn languages in the coming weeks and months.
I’ve ordered some basic books for Tagalog and Thai that should arrive in the next 2 weeks. They are at the lowest level, basically just enough to be a tourist for a few days in the Philippines and Thailand. Seeing as I’m already working hard on Chinese, Japanese and Korean, I’ll leave it at that for now, but should I finish those books well before the end of the half year, I’ll also get some books for Polish and Slovene, to fill up the rest of the time.
As for the app. I’ve already decided to make an organiser to start with and I’ve already figured out what to put in it. I just need to figure out how much the Android library and other Google libraries already can do, so I won’t have to do a whole lot of extra and unnecessary work.
And finally, for the book reviews I’ve got the first few lined up already, namely the books I’m using to learn the languages. But, if you have any recommendations for me to read, be sure to leave a comment and let me know.