So now I have the chance to study both Japanese and Korean via the “Eastern Bloc Volume” or “German Volume” method.
I have to decide which is more important to me. As I write now, my plans are to go to Japan next fall. I need to prepare myself rigorously for this if I want to have as many opportunities as possible. When I’m there I’ll also want to study for one of the proficiency tests which will open up even more opportunities in the future.
I also need to really bring up my level in Korean while I’m here in the country. Korean is becoming more and more important economically.
The past two years I acquired a lot, but hadn’t really used much of it, and sadly have lost a lot of it. Only the words that I need for the school and classroom management do I really know very well. These are words and phrases I hear and work with everyday.
칠판앞에 나오세요! Come up the the blackboard!
오늘 공책이 필요해요. Today you need notebooks.
Korean Study Plans
I’m going to study Korean for at least 1 hour via the German Volume Method. No more than 2 hours. On friday, I almost burned myself out on a little over 3 hours.
I’m also using Pimsleur Audio that I purchased on Itunes. It’s been going well. It’s really helping me with my speed for basic things. They also start out with formal expressions which of course are the hardest in Korean just because they are so much longer. Sadly they only have I and II right now. But when I finish two I feel I’ll have a very strong basic foundation since I’m using it with the Volume method.
Japanese Study Plans
With Japanese I need a minimum of 2 hours each day with a maximum of 3 with the German Volume method. Again, I need to bring up my level even more intensively with Japanese. Especially since I’m not in the country. Japanese is going to take longer, even though my level of Japanese is still far above my Korean in many respects.
I also need to restart extensive reading with Japanese. I have to get the Japanese running through my head as much as possible. With extensive reading, I’ll have to do at least 2 hours a day minimum with a maximum of 3 hours a day.
This brings my total Japanese study to 4 –> 6 hours a day.
My Korean study will be 1.5 –> 2.5 hours a day.
Total language study will be 5.5 -> 8.5 hours per day.
Wow. That’s a lot. Is that possible? I think I’m going to have to start off at the low end of plan for now. I don’t want to burn myself out on this stuff. I realized it’s so easy to do. Even today, I only spent an hour on Korean, but yesterday I did a little over 3. After 3, I was a zombie.
Okay, so gotta start off low and work my way up. It’s just like weight lifting; You can spend 3 hours at the gym and not go back for a week because your body needs to recover from all the crap you put it through, or you can go to the gym for 30 minutes for the day and continue to go every day of the week.
We’ll see what happens tomorrow.
I’m going to be tracking in my paper notebook and on an spread sheet on Google docs. Along with that, I’ll be tracking my exercise and eating habits. I really have to pay attention to those too. Because I know it’s going to affect my study so I need to be on top of that. Eating right and doing some daily exercise of some sort is and important part of the language learning process.
Cheers for now. Look for further updates coming soon.