My New Year’s Resolution: The 30 Day Trial

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2010 is here…so soon…

As I mentioned last year in 30 Days to Successful Thai Language Habits, 2010 is my push year for ramping up my Thai. Absolutely.

Last year was ok for me. But as it was not brilliant, I needed to do something different this year. Sure, I had a New Year’s resolution post in 2009 (same same, but not quite). Following my intended resolution, I read the chosen book, took notes, and created an amazon.com wishlist. I even had a wonderful to-do list (numbered from 1 to 6).

But what I didn’t realise was how bad the first point on the list was going to be for me.

  1. Procrastinate as usual for a week.

Hah! If I learned anything at all, it was the fact that I was BRILLIANT at procrastinating.

(get thee behind me 2009 😉

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The guts of my plan for 2010…

Keeping it simple, for the full month of January I’ll chart Luca’s method on a Seinfeld Calendar.

My aspirations are fairly basic too:

  • Improve my reading and listening comprehension.
  • Speed up my typing/writing skills.
  • Ramp up my spelling.
  • Make my Thai teacher happy.

My 30 day calendar…

In the hopes that my strategy will help someone else, for the month of January I will share the sure to be painful trials of my Thai study schedule. And to make it less painful for you, I will keep my weekly sharing to Fridays.

As you can see from the calendar below, I have tweaked Luca’s schedule to make it easier to remember which days I’m supposed to do what. And knowing me, there will be more tweaking ahead.

January Schedule Days 1-5: Listen, read, and repeat.

Day 6: Listen, read, then repeat. Translate the first Thai dialogue into English.

Day 7: Review.

Days 8-12: Listen, read, then repeat. Type/write.

Day 13: Listen, read, then repeat. Translate the second Thai dialogue into English.

Day 14: Review.

Day 15: Translate the dialogue from day 6 back into Thai.

Day 16+: Continue to the end of the month…

If you glance to the sidebar on your the right, you will see a screen shot using the Don’t Break the Chain! iOS app It will was updated daily.

Btw – if you missed the explanation of Luca’s method, you can catch up here:
An Easy Way to Learn Foreign Languages: Part One
An Easy Way to Learn Foreign Languages: Part Two

And below is what cinched the deal:
30 Days to Successful Thai Language Habits

So there it is. My plan.

Well, sort of. The real thanks goes to emk, Jerry, Steve, and Luca.

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