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2019 – A Return To Purpose

I’ve spent almost 3 years streaming on Twitch, trying to build a brand and creating a thriving community. I started streaming when I lost focus with my writing and lost confidence in my abilities. But after 3 very long years where writing has largely escaped me, I am working my way back to my main purpose: To write, and to get published. There is a lot of fear to overcome. And guilt. But I am confident I can do this.

I will still be streaming. But expect a schedule shift so that I can begin to accommodate writing, as well as instruction, into my routine as I get back into the groove.

Spanish Level 10, Fluency 23%!

DuoLingo

DuoLingo

I’ve been using both DuoLingo and online resources to relearn Spanish and this morning I finally advanced to Level 10, with my fluency hovering at 23%. For some reason, I can’t quite commit to memory the words cuándo (when), cuál (which), cuáles (pl. which) or quiénes (pl. who). If I read too many practice sessions using all of these words, as well as cuánto/cuántos (How much) and qué (what), I start to make mistakes with all of them. So for now, lots of notes/cheat sheets.

I also notice that now I start thinking about Spanish equivalents while writing english. John and I were playing Technodefirmacraft over the weekend, in which bears attack out of nowhere, and yelling el Oso/un oso! (the bear/a bear!) became a lively joke for a short time. 🙂

Anyway, I’m happy with my Spanish progress. I’ve been learning in spurts between baking, cleaning, laundry and writing.

Back to Spanish

Back in November 2015, I decided I should really try to learn Spanish again. I took 3 years of Spanish in High School – back in the 80’s, but haven’t retained much of it. I ordered a copy of my old HS textbook and along with some library resources, I also started working with DuoLingo and Memrise to work on proficiency.

I stopped working on this during the holidays and with my online writing group’s JanNoWriMo challenge (National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, but taking place in January), I didn’t work on it much last month, either. But I’m back now, and it appears I’m up to 14% Spanish fluency!

14% Spanish Fluency - DuoLingo 2 Feb 2016

14% Spanish Fluency – DuoLingo 2 Feb 2016

I’m curious if anyone else is using DuoLingo, Memrise, or other online resources to learn Spanish, or another language – I am also poking around with Norwegian and Japanese. Feel free to comment below about which language(s) you’re trying to master and what online resources you’re using. I wouldn’t mind adding some friends to follow and encourage on language-learning websites. I’m usually out there as Girlnovember on those sites, if you’d like to add me as well. 🙂