Sprint Two

Start: Monday 4th of August
End: Monday 18th of August

Habiba - my favourite place for Knafe in Amman, Jordan

Habiba – my favourite place for Knafe in Amman, Jordan

Hey, now wait a minute…weren’t they called missions before? I’ve decided to changed the name to sprints as I’m a geeky software developer. If you’ve never come accross the term sprint look up agile development or check out this post from I will teach you a language – how to get sh*t done.

In this sprint I want to focus more on language exchange to practice the Arabic I have already learnt. I have a lot of phrases, words and grammar but haven’t had the chance to use it.
I have been looking into what other people do in their language exchange sessions and noticed they use subjects as opposed to just random chatter. This mission I will pick a few subjects and learn how to talk about them and practice.
A great example of this is my Mum, she could talk for hours in Arabic about food or shopping but would be stuck for words talking about a subject not relevant to her interests.

The subjects I am picking to learn to talk about are:

1. Hobbies
Ask about a person’s hobbies
Talk about my own – watching football, doing Brazilian jiu jitsu, learning arabic
Going to watch Manchester city at the stadium
Watching UFC
how many years I have been doing a hobby
Why I enjoy doing the hobby
What grade I am in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

2. Television
The programs I watch every week
The genres
My favourite actors
A basic story line of a film (pulp fiction)

3. What I did last weekend
What I did
Where I went
What food I made
Who with
Did I enjoy it?

4. Plans for the weekend
What I will do
Where I will go
Who will I go with

5. Work
Ask how a person’s work is going
Talk about my own day at work

I’m aiming for the following amount of hours:

  • 5 hours language exchange – this might be a little high as I struggle to get free time at home due to my wife being heavily pregnant and having a very active toddler. I’m going to see if I can get people to language exchange at lunch times or in the morning
  • 4 hours studying from the killmani shway book
  • Daily practice in my car using Michel Thomas
  • Daily immersion of Arabic music

3 thoughts on “Sprint Two

  1. I am extending this sprint by one week.

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