One of the most important things I’ve learned from my various experiences, is how much of a difference it can make when you track your progress in some way.
That can mean, for example:
- Tracking your distances and times when running for exercise
- Counting study hours, or number of chapters studied, before an exam
- Monitoring incomings and outgoings in personal accounts
However you do it, keeping track helps you… because it shows you where you currently are, how far you’ve already come, and how far more you need to go.
I want to apply this to my language learning now. I experimented with it via the Goldlist method and through language learning apps, and found it both helpful and encouraging to see my progress.
An example is the Lingvist app, showing me that I’ve learned just over 2,000 words in German, which means I can understand about 75% of any standard text I might read.
This is one reason why I’ve started this blog, to help me to keep track. But also to help me with accountability. Although I can monitor my progress without a blog, publicly sharing my experience with others will help keep me accountable. It might also help people who are themselves trying to learn a language.
Whatever I learn along the way – in terms of methods and strategies – I’ll share here so that others can learn from my experience.
This is something I’ve thought about doing for a while, but there comes a point where you just have to begin!