How can I learn Korean and still improve in my Russian, Czech and German? This was the concern I raised in my last post. Well, I have started doing something about it.
I am reading the news in Geman. I am using LingQ to read about the horrible damage caused by hurricane Sandy as descrdibed in Die Welt. I read a lesson that Evgueny created in Russian for LingQ about the recent Ukrainian elections. I have also downloaded some articles from Czech radio.
But as for my Korean, the last thing I do at night, the first thing I do in the morning, and as often as I can during the day, I read and listen to Korean. It is not my first time to study Korean, so that the ‘strangeness” of the new language has long since worn off. However, I sense myself forgetting the new words I look up and the patterns are strange and often unclear.
But I have confidence. I have the absolute knowledge, that if I keep exposing myself to the language, it will become clearer and clearer. Things that I keep forgetting will eventually start to stick. I have done it so often before, I just trust my brain. I know that with enough exposure the language will become a part of me.
The same is true of my efforts to maintain the other three languages. I just have to have the discipline to continue. I know my efforts will be rewarded.
This the confidence that I now have, and which I did not have over 40 years ago, when I first started learning languages. In those days I tried harder to deliberately learn things, and got easily frustrated by what I forgot or did not understand. Today, I am not at all concerned by these obstacles because I trust my brain, and have confidence, the confidence that comes from experience. I just have to stay the course.