The Language Project

Before I start, I would like to point out that even though I have spellcheck on, I spent at least 10 minutes not believing that language was spelled right. What a weird word. 

This time last year, as facebook likes to constantly remind me, I was in Europe. At this exact time I was probably in Nice, but I’m trying not to think to hard about it, lest my heart shrivel up in sadness.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving my new job, I’m super happy about my garden and it’s good getting schoolwork done. Am I sad that I’m not going to Italy to work this year?


However, it still hasn’t quite hit me that I’m going to Australia. So for now life just feels super routine. What I need is a starter. I need a motivator.

I need a project.

“Now Sandy,” you may or may not be thinking. “What about your gorgeous garden?”

Well, things are in the ground. I’ve planted some more seedlings. It now just feels like a lot of sitting around and waiting for things to grow. this gardening thing is great for food, but damn. I want stuff to grow now. Patience is a virtue I’m severely lacking.

I’m taking three classes: Spanish, English Lit from Chaucer to Morton and Intro to Programming.

I found this little infographic and it got me thinking….

24 weeks? 600 hours? that’s…. 25 hours a week or 3 and a half hours a day.

Who has time like that?!

Oh wait, me. Especially for academic pursuits. Mind you, now that I’m working it’s not as magical. So, here’s the plan. I’m going to do some experimentation.

Welcome to week one. I’m going to do my best to hit that magic 3.5 on most days, but I’ll probably have more or less. Also, let’s be real here, I’m not going to include any time during my two weeks in Australia.

I have a multi thronged plan of attack. I’m going to not just use my textbooks for class. I’m also going to explore other mechanisms.

My Background in Spanish:

Some context. I did take take Spanish from grades 9-11. My teacher was a special little flower though, so I didn’t learn much. I went to Cuba twice in high school, and Spain last year. We quickly learned “dos cervezas, por favor.” was my jam. Also, rum is the same in every language. Tequila is conveniently a Spanish word. Or not so convenient. Depends whether you ask that night Sandy or next morning Sandy really.

My Plan of Attack:

TRU SPAN 1001 -Basically the reason I’m actually doing this. I want those three credits. This degree thing is getting old. Also, the prof is awesome. I’ve already gotten 49/50 on assignment one that I handed in an embarrassingly long time ago.

Spanish for Dummies – I think I bought this when I was drunk, but it seems like a decent and light resource. I apparently also bought the French and Italian. – I bought premium for two years before my trip, and I’m going to use it dammit. – Everyone always talks about how great it is. It’s free, I’ll give it a shot.

Podcasts – This is my plan for the gym. I’m trying to multipurpose my hours. I’m pretty much going to download every learn Spanish free podcast that’s on there.

Netflix – Besides the classic Miss Dora, there’s a few shows in Spanish with subtitles. I’ll go ahead and count this as studying.

Youtube – I watched a TON of kids shows in Italian while working in Italy. I really feel this is a great way to learn. If it’s meant to teach toddlers colours it can teach you to.

So, to test these online resources we’ll go for what the weakest prong on the learn online is:


We’ll gauge my success based on how well I do with my phone-in oral exams.

Ever learned a language through a dubious or awesome online resource? Let me know what you did. Or if you think something’s so stupid it just might work, also, let me know.


The Language Project