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After publishing my Summary of 2014, a lot of people have been asking me how I managed to spend 749 hours on languages last year. This is my answer.
To achieve a goal like this, you need three things: tracking, obstinence and inventiveness.
If you are learning a language today, chances are that your study sessions are looking vastly different than they would have even 10 years ago. This is a part of our daily life that has been radically transformed by the digital age.
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Progress since January this year
0 / 30 Foreign books read, i. e. excl. German + English
3 / 50 Foreign texts written
50 / 750 Total hours of lang. study
(This is manually updated, so not always up to date)
2014 was a very successful year for me. Here's the big summary, including how many hours I spent on which languages, how many books I read, and all my biggest successes of the year.
In 2010 I had the idea to record a yearly video of myself speaking all languages I could remember, switching rapidly from one to the next, as the ultimate test of speaking ability. Then I could compare my ability from one year to the next. Obviously with enough preparation anyone can appear to be fluent in any language on video, even a language they haven't studied yet, so in order for this to be a good indicator, the rules would have to be no preparation, no edits, no cuts, no retakes.
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