Start: Monday 4th of August
End: Monday 18th of August
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:
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
how many years I have been doing a hobby
Why I enjoy doing the hobby
What grade I am in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
The programs I watch every week
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
Did I enjoy it?
4. Plans for the weekend
What I will do
Where I will go
Who will I go with
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