Language Progress Report, Oct. 2014

There are a number of goals behind this blog, but it’s fair to say that I want to both track my own language learning progress and inspire as many people as possible. As part of my efforts to work towards both goals, I’m going to start publishing a monthly progress report that shows what progress I’ve made both in my own language learning and in reaching a larger audience.


I can’t say October was a fabulous month in terms of language progress. I started classes at the Confucius Institute here in Portland, and I’ve read about 10 pages of 狼图腾 (Wolf Totem) in Chinese. Aside from that, I also started a book club in Spanish and French, but I’ve had a tough time getting the reading done – I’m actually a little panicked about the meeting we’re supposed to have next Monday.

Goals for November

I still have trouble with characters, and it is really slowing down my reading comprehension. Since I love to read and love to read in foreign languages, this makes it less fun to do the kind of stuff I love in Chinese. This is all a long way of saying that I’m going to get serious about Skrittering. Here’s some specific goals:

  • Learn 20 characters a day using Skritter. That’s a total of 600 characters for the whole month.
  • Read 20 pages of 狼图腾
  • Set up an iTalki tutoring session. I’ve heard other people rave about iTalki, but I haven’t tried it yet.
  • Sign up for the HSK 6.
  • Start making progress in Arabic, including listing to Arabic Pod daily and setting up an Arabic tutoring session on iTalki.