It’s been a while since I’ve tried to take up any new language projects, but I’ve decided that the time has come to advance and see what else I pick up. Having now been living in Ukraine for 17 months, I really feel that’s it’s time refocus my priorities. Of course, my Russian has been coming on very well but at what cost? There are other languages which I’m forgetting due to lack of practice. Sevastopol is a great place for speaking Russian, since the community is for all intents and purposes monolingual. This also has it’s bad sides since there isn’t anyone to speak to in any other languages. When I was in Poland for New Years, I noticed that there was a lot of Russian influence on my speech, which was very frustrating. I remembered how good my Polish had been before and was quite wound up by the fact that I’d apparently lost knowledge. Of course, I hadn’t lost it – it was still there, hidden deep down inside my rusty old brain somewhere and that I just needed to get my neurons firing. Knowing this didn’t make me feel any better and the anger I felt at myself for letting so much hard work slip away didn’t get any less intense.
Over the past few months I’ve promised to expose myself to languages every day, mostly by reading online new websites. Have I done this? Well, it’s definitely true that I’ve been spending a much greater amount of time developing my language skills than I had before, but not every day. You have to be realistic when it comes to setting goals like this, which I still have a lot to work on. Since I have a week free from teaching, it’s my intention to develop my blog to chart my experiences.