All posts tagged: German

Post #40: Invest in Yourself

Welcome to the fortieth post of the Great Writing Challenge of 2012. Five days a week for six months, I will be given a topic to write about. The stipulation: it must be 250 words (or more), and positive in tone. If you would like to suggest topics for me to write about, please email me at TheRebeccaProject [at] gmail [dot] com. The New York Times recently ran an article about the benefits of being bilingual: “The collective evidence from a number of such studies suggests that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function — a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks. These processes include ignoring distractions to stay focused, switching attention willfully from one thing to another and holding information in mind — like remembering a sequence of directions while driving.” I am awesome at remembering directions. If I have been there once, I can get back and get home. And I can speak a little German …

Post #32: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Welcome to the thirty-second post of the Great Writing Challenge of 2012. Five days a week for six months, I will be given a topic to write about. The stipulation: it must be 250 words (or more), and positive in tone. If you would like to suggest topics for me to write about, please email me at TheRebeccaProject [at] gmail [dot] com. I could not exaggerate just how busy things have been at work, lately. I am feeling like I need both a personality transplant (it’s all work, work, work!) and to leave it all behind in favour of a beach in Thailand. So here’s a few things you might not know about yours truly: 10. Next week, the Canadian and I are taking Lightsaber Choreography classes. That’s right. Lightsaber Choreography classes. How excited am I? This. 9. I am obsessed with puppies. Particularly black labs, dalmatians and greyhounds. I don’t love too many cats, but I am really nice to my landlady’s cat, Simone. She hisses at me every time I see her and …

Post #14: Learning a Second Language

Welcome to the fourteenth post of the Great Writing Challenge of 2012. Five days a week for six months, I will be given a topic to write about. The stipulation: it must be 250 words (or more), and positive in tone. Thanks to Rai for today’s topic. If you would like to suggest topics for me to write about, please email me at TheRebeccaProject [at] gmail [dot] com. Taking language classes is difficult. I have had about a month off since my last class ended and already, I feel as though I’m starting right back at the beginning. Ah, shade. I find that I’m just not able to retain the words as easily as I used to. Perhaps this is what they mean about getting old… But with the difficulty comes reward. It’s rewarding to learn new things, meet new people and string it all together. Eventually, I want to be able to converse in German. Why? Just cos. Learning another language and being bilingual is something that I have always wanted for myself. I …

Making a Commitment to My Life List

One of my dreams is to live in Germany. I adored taking German at school, and loved taking it at university. But it’s been a decade since any formal linguistic training, and I’m itching to get back to it. [Source: me] So I’ve made a commitment to improving my German because I enjoy learning, but also because I want to start making some of these Life List dreams happen! I have started learning through the Rosetta Stone program for German, and so far, we’re just covering stuff I already know. I’m interested in seeing if this Rosetta Stone is really as good as they say… Who knows if I’ll ever achieve #20 and #21 on my Life List, but what’s the harm in trying? [Source: me] What is something you have always wanted? What are you doing to make that happen? [Source: me]