I’ve recently hit a tiny little bench mark in my Polish studies at lingq. I’ve finally reached 10,000 words known, and while I think I should have reached this little mark a long long time ago, I am nonetheless very happy that I finally made it to 10,000.
Polish has been for about two or three years my primary L2 (with French and Spanish being far seconds and German and Japanese being my “play toys”), and while I’m not as far as I think I should be in Polski, a whole lot of that time was spent ‘learning how to learn a language’. Now, school is starting in the fall and I’ve decided to take on way more than I can handle. Two of my classes will be language classes but unfortunately the college in Las Vegas does not offer Polish. I will be taking the road most traveled and taking classes in French and Spanish.
Now I’m not as anti-classroom as a lot of internet language learners are, but I definitely go in with some reservations. The most important thing to point out, is that I wouldn’t be taking these classes if I didn’t have to. I’m going in knowing half the stuff they’re going to make me do is going to be useless, but still it’s for college credit, it’ll give a good review of the basics, which I’m already aware of in both languages and I just like being around language, even if it’s not the most effective way of learning them.
Polish will end up falling onto the wayside though. She’s not dead, and I’ll still consider her my number one L2, but obviously I’ll be a little strapped for time to be doing a lot of input study and word collecting. This may be a blessing in disguise though. I by far have a huge deficiency in speaking Polish, I’ve just not practiced at all. I’ll just have to push my wife to speak it with me more in this time I won’t be able to read and lingq….