Welcome back! So at the end of roughly 90 days I racked up the following numbers. For someone that was working full time, and doing a college class for 2/3 of those 90 days, I think I did pretty well.
|Total Time Studied:||9643 Minutes (160.72 Hours)|
|Average Daily Time:||107 Minutes|
|Total Non-Study Exposure:||2667 Minutes|
|Total Vocabulary:||1488 Terms|
|Total Money Spent:||$806.12|
I bought way too much. I started with 3 books, and I am currently only using one of them. I bought all three levels of Glossika, and a 1 or 2 year subscription to SpanishPOD101. Currently I am only using the Glossika regularly. I also bought iTalik sessions, but they have been worth it. While each of these materials are useful on their own, I couldn't study them all at the same time, and still have time for everything else in my life. With that being said $800 for three months of language study is cheap. When I bought university classes for Chinese 1, I paid around $1300. I got probably the same amount of study time ( 112 hrs of class + self study time ), and some other intangible benefits, but it was stretched over 4 months, and covered less vocabulary, but probably more grammar.
In a lot of ways keeping track of my new word count doesn't matter. It can be useful to have an Anki deck to identify holes in your vocabulary, or just to practice, but for me, the word count stopped mattering once I got beyond 10-20 survival phrases. After that, what really mattered was learning how to communicate.
Over the course of the challenge I listened to all kinds of contemporary Latin music. I also watched a season of Arrow, a little Spanish cable TV, and went to restaurants where I could listen to natives speak. These things helped me with my listening ability, but also, as time progressed I was able to notice how I understood more and more. It was a nice positive reinforcement.
Below is a break down of my Anki deck roughly at the end of the challenge. I doubled tagged 2 words, but I am being lazy and not going back to see which two. What you will notice is that I saw most words in DuoLingo first. To be fair, I probably have received several hundred words from my iTalki tutors, but I rarely enter them into Anki.
|Spanish Pod 101||91||6.12|
So most weeks of the challenge I would try to make some big course correction in my studies. Something like, I am going to talk X times per week this week, or study X amount of grammar this week, or get X topic down, and so on. For the most part I did not hit those goals. Honestly, I am not broken up about it. Each time I tried to do more than <insert excuse here>, but each time I did manage to do somewhat better in my studies. For example, I said I was gonna try and hit a chapter of grammar a day. What that did was push me from doing one chapter every two plus weeks to one chapter every week.
Now that the challenge is done, I can kinda reflect back and think about what I would do differently. A lot of what I would do differently is things like study grammar sooner, or speak more, but I think I would have benefited more from finding and aligning a class, or multiple classes up with this challenge. There were community classes starting up around the same time as this challenge, but I was too shy, and busy to attempt them. Another thing I should have done was use HelloTalk more, to casually converse with natives.
So where to from here, you ask? I am still leaning. Since the 90 day video I have done six italki sessions. I am slowing down with a lot of my self studying, but I am looking into a night class to supplement that. Way back in February when I first started figuring out this project I mentioned some different metrics. I think I am still on track for somewhere between my 15 and 30 month marks.
Thanks for reading! I will start posting quarterly Spanish updates. Expect the first sometime in September.