I’m having trouble concentrating these days. I don’t know if it’s because I’m no longer in college or because I moved to France and don’t work much, but I have grown so lazy. I promised myself that I would get back to reading and studying as much as I did before when I was an undergrad. I’ve got almost all my books here with me in France, and now I have a new desktop computer to work on. And since I have a ton of free time, there’s really no excuse now.
I suppose my biggest problem lately has been wasting time on ridiculous websites that just suck you in, and before you know it, hours have gone by and you’ve done absolutely nothing. So I installed the Leechblock add-on for Firefox to prevent me from looking at all those time wasters. I copied over the hundreds of gigabytes of language files that were on my external hard drive, and I will get them all organized so I can actually make use of them AND make a schedule to stick to for studying.
At least I have read three of the nerdy books that I got while in the US – Second Language Learning and Language Teaching by Cook, Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition: A Rationale for Pedagogy by Coady & Huckin, and Vocabulary in Language Teaching by Schmitt – and finished watching season one of Les bleus : premiers pas dans la police which is a great series for learning slang, though it’s actually better to watch it on TV (M6 or W9) since the DVDs don’t have subtitles and those channels do.
Next I’ll start Colloquial French Grammar by Ball. It looks really useful since it describes how people actually speak instead of how people should write, as 99% of language books tend to do. I suppose I’m going to start on it tonight since I’m still falling asleep around 5 AM…