I am busy at work every day, and sometimes it seems like I have no time to study. I want to pass level 3 on the HSK Chinese test early next year, so I must study.
Every evening, I write a “to-do list” for the next day. I write each task and also when I am going to do that task – am, pm, or night. I have started to add my study to my to-do list. So, I make study part of my working day.
At first, I felt bad about this. I thought, “I should be working, why am I using the time to study?” But now, I think, “Studying a language is an investment in myself.” Language learning is important because knowing another language opens new doors.
After I passed the highest level on the Japanese proficiency test, many doors opened. I hope this will happen when I pass the Chinese test. Of course, I don’t want to stop at level 3. I want to pass level 6, which is the highest grade. So, I have to study every day.
I had to change my way of thinking. Of course, studying languages is fun, and it is my hobby, but it is also work. Now, I don’t feel bad about putting it on my to-do list every day.
By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press