13/07/2012

In the evenings


Every other evening me and the hubby have a screen-free evening. Whilst he is working on another paper gun, I sit and do my Japanese homework. During my annual January slump I felt I needed a change, and so after having a think I realised that maybe it was about time I'd try and learn Japanese. It's something I've wanted to do for years, but I kind of forgot that I wanted to. I've only got a few lessons left on my 14 week intensive course and I have already signed up for my second year (I'm loving it!). Me and the hubby made a pact; this is something I'm not to give up on (Spanish and piano are some of the things I've laid to rest in the past) - this is for the long haul. If all goes well I only have another five or so years to go before I'm fluent :)

Have you set yourself a new challenge this year? I'd love to know!

16 comments:

  1. I LOVE the idea of a screen-free evening!! I try and go offline once a week but that sounds like a much more complete way to disconnect ;)

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    1. as much as I love screens I also hate them... I can't recommend going screen-free enough! get a nice project on the go, turn the radio/stereo on and enjoy...

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  2. It's a great feeling to try out something new. I started a floristry course at the beginning of the year and have now also started the second level. I wanted to do something like this for a long time, to learn about flowers and experiment with colours, lines and textures in a different way. It's been such a wonderful experience and it has turn into my wish to become a professional florist. But I still have a long way to go...

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    1. that sounds amazing sabine! it's great to try new things and challenge yourself - good luck with it all!

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  3. That does sound like a very good idea! I did a short Japanese course a few years again and absolutely loved it and would really like to get back into it. I used to enjoy practicing my Katakana in my Doraemon exercise book!

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    1. oh you should definitely start again - I know you, like me, are into all things japanese :)
      there's not been one moment when I've thought "ugh, what a slog". every new bit of knowledge of the language makes me so excited, to think that I might actually speak it one day is such an exciting prospect!

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  4. screen-free evenings are a great idea!
    my new thing this year is Yoga, to compensate for sitting at a desk all day. I have ups (practising a few times a week at home in addition to my class) and downs (thinking I will never get my body even close to many of the positions), but I'm determined to stick with it.
    that paper gun is amazing!! and I think it's so cool you learn japanese.

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    1. that's great! thanks for reminding me that I should get back to yoga too. it's been years since I last went to a class... I miss it dearly, and I think my body does too! keep going with it lady!

      and yes, that gun is pretty cool. the hubby is one very patient and skillful man :0)

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  5. Great idea to have a screen free night every other night. I am so addicted to my computer. Japanese sounds amazing. 5 years to being fluent. Is that with any language because I need to learn Italian before I move there one day and my current deadline is less than 5 years away. Better get moving.

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    1. I think italian would be much quicker to learn; japanese is in the group of the four most difficult languages to study (the others are korean, chinese and arabic) because they use different alphabets. if you google how long it would take to learn italian you'll get an idea. good luck!!

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  6. Whoa, that paper gun is SO cool.

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    1. he's made another two already and is thinking of getting the fourth one for the full set :0)

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  7. Great idea the screen-free evening! I learned japanese for a while before moving there and boy it was hard! The toughest part is when you learn your hiragana and you start to read it everywhere but you still can't understand the meaning!! I's a lovely language though and I love how it integrates some drawing on it!
    Gambatte ne!

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  8. I love the gun. it must have taken some patience to make that out of paper

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  9. wow, pappersbygget!! och japanska! kul! o grattis!
    höstens utmaning är för mig att tat lugnare, skriva längre texter, baka tårta, göra creme brulee, köra mer bil SJÄLV och rida islandshäst.

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