Goals within Resolutions

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.

New Year’s Resolutions – 2015

I haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions in the past, mainly because I didn’t have any specific goals in the past, but now I do and I also have a platform to tell everyone and keep myself accountable to keeping those resolutions.


My first resolution is to learn more languages. When I was in China I made friends from all around the world, Korea, Japan, Thailand, The Philippines, Australia, Poland and Slovenia to be exact. Most of them know English, and the ones that don’t I can talk with in Chinese, but it still would be nice to be able to talk with them in their native languages.

I’ve already begun learning Korean and Japanese, because they have similarities with Chinese, so I hope they will be easier to begin with and will also improve my Chinese. On Amazon I’ve found some decent books to begin learning Polish, Tagalog and Thai, you can see them if you click on Wish List in my about section, or here, it’ll link you to my Amazon UK wish list.  Once I feel confident enough with my Korean and Japanese abilities, I’ll begin learning the other languages too.

I feel that the books I have found are a good introduction to most languages I want to learn, but if you have any recommendations for the other languages, please let me know. Any other ways for me to learn and improve my language skills are more than welcome.


My second resolution is to build my first app. It doesn’t have to be presentable yet, but it has to fully work. I already have some ideas for what kind of apps I want to make, including the disability apps that I talked about in my previous post, here. I will probably mostly work on the organiser app. So for this I first need to really analyse what everyone wants in an organiser and then I’ll need to research how to design an organiser. That should be easy enough, but then I’ll also need to design the app and research how to implement all those demands. It should keep me occupied for at least half a year, possibly longer with the workload I’ll get from also working on my graduation project.


My third and final resolution is to read and review more books. If you’ve checked out my wish list you’ll see that I also want to read more about social issues, such as privilege and oppression, and I have some other books already here at home. I want to start reviewing what I read, but to do that I need to fully read them first. And same as with my first resolution, if you have any good recommendations for me to read, please let me know.


As to how to hold my self accountable. At the end of next year I’ll go back to this post and see if I’ve managed to fulfil all my resolutions. I’ll write about it and post it here, while making my resolutions for the next year as well.


Now, before we head of into the new year tell me, what are your resolutions for 2015?