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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, not bad for the first year!

The busiest day of the year was July 20th with 111 views. The most popular post that day was Learning a Language Is Like Moving to a New City.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were lingq.com, thelinguist.blogs.com, twitter.com, alljapaneseallthetime.com, and yearlyglot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for word collector, my word collector, wordcollector, wordcollector wordpress, and banners in foreign languages.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Learning a Language Is Like Moving to a New City March 2010
3 comments

2

About January 2010
2 comments

3

My Entry to The Polyglot Project: A Hunger for Learning August 2010

4

Benny the Irish Polyglot July 2010
2 comments

5

Technology and Learning Languages February 2010
6 comments

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Learning Through the Abstract vs Learning Through the Direct

Just wrote an into post on this topic I plan to expand on later. You can read it here:

http://wp.me/pp7DZ-T

Goals vs. Enjoying Yourself

I enjoy studying language.  I enjoy decoding all the strange new word combinations.  I enjoy it when once strange and difficult grammar situations become second hand.  I enjoy getting deeper and deeper into a culture through it’s language.

I realize that to be good at anything, not only language, you have to spend time on the particular skill or goal you want to accomplish and you also have to be motivated.  You have to make realistic goals, that will at the same time challenge you and make you stretch yourself.  I think most people would say that it’s important to set goals for something you want to achieve, I certainly think so, I maintain an entire blog that concerns my overall goals.

So what’s the fuss then?  Well here’s my problem as it pertains to language: I love it all too much.  The languages I’m studying now are Polish, Spanish and French, theoretically in that order.  However, I find myself on Lingq practicing German, I find myself playing with the Hindi Teach Yourself books, and the Japanese Assimil and Michel Thomas.  Just playing!  I like to do it, so I already know to some extent I will always do it.

What do you think?  By sticking to your goals you’ll have a better result in those languages that you’re studying, but if you’re enjoying yourself then you’re enjoying yourself.  There just isn’t enough time for both.  How do you balance that?

What I’ve Turned Out to Be.

I think people would say that I was a pretty good speaker, at least in English ;).  I always have some quip or response to anything someone has to say.  I always have an opinion and I pay attention to the timing and rhythm of my words when there is something to be said.

I would like to think of myself as a good writer.  Of course, being a good writer takes a lot of work and I don’t write near as much as i should, it makes me think that if I loved writing so much then why don’t I find myself actually doing it more?

It all comes down to what I really am and the main subject of this new blog.  I am a ‘Word Collector’.  Before I’m a speaker, or writer, or entrepreneur (?), or sports fan, or anything else.  I am a reader, a collector of words, not only in English, but in all the languages I study.  That’s what this blog is going to be about, my random reading and my language obsession, and all the little words I collect.


It should be noted that these are Polish words known.

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