Saturday, November 28, 2009

Language Wishlist and Plans

Hello again!

So, I've got a tentative wishlist set out, but to really understand my wishlist of languages, one really needs to understand how my list works. I divide it into four catagories, finnic, semitic, germanic, and indo-european. I'll post my languages and my plans for them in each category, like this:
Finnic:
Finnish
Estonian
V├Áro
Northern Saami
Karelian?

Semitic:
Modern Hebrew & Biblical Hebrew
MSA & Levantine Arabic
Aramaic
Amharic

IE:
Danish
Italian
German
Portuguese
Yiddish
French
Irish

Other:
Mandarin
Georgian
Japanese
Thai
Hmong?

The reason it helps to organize them like this, is because I try to limit myself to one from each grouping at a time. This keeps me from learning languages from the same family at the same time, and it makes it so that I can only learn four languages at once. I'm really bad about overloading myself with languages, because there are just so many interesting ones out there!

So, here's the game plan for the near future. Maintain Danish, Japanese, and Italian. Continue German at school. Right now, I study Hebrew and Finnish, with Mandarin as my plaything in my spare time. Over the New Year, I want to move Finnish down to my sub-focus level, then Mandarin up to main focus level, then let Hebrew maintain its spot.

Then my goal is to maintain that. I'm thinking about starting a character-a-day post on here, or maybe a separate blog, I dunno, but other than that really, not much change until summer.

Over summer, I'm going to kick it up a notch, with some Portuguese I think. Then at the end of summer, I want to evaluate my plans and decide which three languages to get back into for the new school year.

Laoshu, a user on Youtube, mentioned that he likes to pick four (I believe) languages at the new year, then study them for the coming up year. I divide my time into the two semesters, and summer. Summer I can pick up a new lang, then at the beginning of each semester, I like to just take a step back and look at the past year and evaluate which languages I want to spend more time on, etc.

And I know, I've got a ton of languages. But it's hard, there are so many pretty ones. ;P That's why I do lists, so I don't impulse learn. Ta-ta for now!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Introdution: Enter...me!

It's Thanksgiving! Best time to be starting up a blog, eh?

My name is Tyler or ILuvEire, and I love languages! It really started with me in fifth grade, when my great-grandpa bought my French for Dummies, and just progressed from there! Besides langauges themselves, I LOVE linguistics, as in the study of how languages work, and psycholinguistics, which would be studying the link between languages and the mind. Amazing stuff.

So, onto what to be expecting from this here bloggy-poo. I just want a place to blab about languages and linguistics, as well as share little snippets of language related news I see. Anything related to languages, you'll be seeing here. I'd like to do a few book reviews too, but we'll see.

I tried doing a language blog once, but it sorta died, and wordpress is making me crazy. The link is at http://iluveire.wordpress.com/

Be on the lookout for some more posts this weekend, until then, shalom :)