Building a learning routine

The industrious Protestant Danes have dropped more consonants onto their icy windswept soil than any indolent tropical tribe.

Guy Deutscher, Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

To accomplish my ultimate goal of learning Danish, it’s important to include activities that focus on the four areas of language learning: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The focus area is indicated on each task. My schedule for the next week:

Saturday

  • Blog daily tasks for the next week (this post!)

Sunday

Monday

  • Review DC101 conversation and practice speaking (R) (L) (S)
  • Write and practice teacher recording (W) (S)

Tuesday

  • Review teacher commentary
  • Review DC101 conversation and practice speaking (R) (L) (S)
  • Read and translate one paragraph of Kvinden i Buret. (R)

Wednesday

  • Review DC101 conversation and practice speaking (R) (L) (S)
  • DC101 Beginner Lesson #7: Shopping for Clothes in Denmark (R) (L)
  • Record grammar lesson, new words (W)

Thursday

  • Review DC101 conversation and practice speaking (R) (L) (S)
  • Write and practice teacher recording (W) (S)

Friday

  • Review teacher commentary
  • Review DC101 conversation and practice speaking (R) (L) (S)
  • Write and record short text related to weekly lessons (W) (S)

Saturday

  • Review DC101 conversation and practice speaking (R) (L) (S)
  • Blog about my success! And update my teacher.

Every day will include the following tasks:

  • Maintain Duolingo streak (R) (L) (S)
  • Flashcard practice (as scheduled by the app) (R) (L) (S)

As of today, I am at 15264 XP on Duolingo (daily lessons completed). With a minimum of 20 XP per day, I should be past 15404 by next Saturday.


Time-permitting, I will also work on the following:

If I don’t complete a daily task, I can’t have my daily Timmies coffee. I do love my coffee, so I hope that is good incentive to stay on track.

If I complete two full weeks of tasks, I can buy a new fountain pen and ink. I have recently developed a love for fountain pens, and have five already. But one cannot have too many!

See you back here next Saturday!

Frederiksborg Slot, Hillerød, Denmark

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