December 2023 Internal Circle: The Energy of Adjusting Your Objectives & Sustaining a Language


Kyejin: Welcome to the Internal circle. Peter: That is the month-to-month, no-holds-barred publication providing you with tried and examined studying strategies that will help you attain your language objectives this yr. Kyejin: I am Kyejin, and I am joined by my co-host, the founding father of modern language, Peter Galante. Peter: Hello, everybody, Peter. Right here. Physique Kyejin: Final time you discovered concerning the energy of deadlines to extend your motivation… Peter: …and methods to be taught a language sooner via checks or assessments. Kyejin: And now we’re on the finish of the yr. That is the final lesson for this yr. Peter: Sure. It is superb how briskly a yr goes. We predict again, it looks like simply yesterday we had our New 12 months’s decision, what we had promised to do, and right here we’re. Kyejin: Yeah. So Peter, did you hit your aim for the month… and yr? Peter: So, to recap, my aim was initially… Kyejin, what was the unique aim? We each needed to take DELF B1, and also you handed in June, after which I demoted myself to DELF A2, and I took a mock take a look at. So, the outcomes had been I didn’t go, Kyejin. Kyejin: Oh, actually? Peter: Yeah. Kyejin: Oh no. Do you will have your scores? Peter: Nicely, part by part that one part we did go was or did not do nicely on was the studying. However yeah, the manufacturing facet, the talking and writing, these are very, very robust. Kyejin: certainly. Peter: Yeah. So yeah, that is the second time I didn’t attain my aim in these language quests. It occurs. Kyejin: Yeah, it occurs. Peter: So right this moment, let’s discuss concerning the positives and negatives of full failure. Kyejin: Fascinating! Peter: …and what it seems like for full success. Kyejin, the success, and me being the failure. So Kyejin, the place would you want to start out on this lesson? Kyejin: Nicely, would you want to start out my half first? Peter: Sure, let’s begin with the success. Kyejin: Nicely, I do not know if I can say success, however sure, it is half success. So my aim was to have two totally different 20-minute shows in French, and one presentation reached quarter-hour. Decrease than 20 minutes. However the different one truly handed 20 minutes. So, in complete, it was 22 minutes. Peter: Wow. Yeah. Kyejin, you realize, you set a aim, and also you obtain it. What are the highest three issues that enable you obtain these objectives? Kyejin: Nicely, first, I repeated the identical subject many occasions, which is the place I dwell. So I am very conversant in my neighborhood, and I speak about that subject in November. And first time after I speak about it, I reached 10 minutes. Second time, I reached 18 minutes. And in December, I reached 22 minutes. So, I bought used to this subject and the vocabulary and expression. And in addition, every time I give the presentation to my instructor, my sentences bought longer and extra refined. So I feel speaking about one thing I am very conversant in helps loads. Peter: Yeah. So, however that is, you begin with a skeleton, and you then put the meat on the bones, proper? You retain including to it and including to it. However let’s take one step, let’s go greater up like, like we name it the airplane view, proper? Let’s take a bit bit of a better have a look at the way you set a aim after which attain your aim. So, at first of the yr, we each set objectives, however I didn’t attain the aim, and also you had been capable of attain two very bold objectives. So, how do you suppose you had been in a position to do this? Kyejin: Nicely, the primary was the motivation. Truly, the aim was, for my part, a bit greater than my degree. So I actually needed to go that, so I spent numerous time after work for just a few months to attain the B1 degree. And yeah, I did it in June. So, truthfully, my attempt in June wasn’t my first aim. It was only a take a look at, truly, however I used to be too motivated, and I studied very exhausting. And after that, I bought a bit burnt out. However sure, I feel making an attempt the aim for just a few occasions helps too. So I attempted it in June, and I needed to attempt that once more in December — November, truly. However I did not register. It was very aggressive for B1 degree. Peter: So Kyejin, you stated you spend time after work, and you set in lots of hours… there’s plenty of self-discipline. Do you will have any methods to remain disciplined when it’s extremely simple to placed on a video, or meet your pals, or go residence early, or say you will do it at a later date? Give us some hints into this mindset. Kyejin: On my facet, If I schedule one thing with a instructor, then I can’t cancel. So typically, it is drained right this moment. I wish to go residence early, however nonetheless the lesson is scheduled in as of my routine. Then it makes me maintain doing that. That routine helps a lot. Peter: The instructor appointments are simple to maintain as a result of it is cash and it is your time, and issues like this their time. However in between, how do you when you end the lesson, then how do you begin finding out the subsequent day and the subsequent day in preparation for the subsequent lesson? Kyejin: So principally, I put the instructor’s lesson after 23 hours after my work hour, which suggests after work, I’ve just a few hours I might select doing nothing, however often earlier than the category, I deliberately make that point. And I am like, hm, I’ve two hours. Okay. I will examine, so, yeah, I make the time deliberately. So, did that reply you? Peter: Yeah, it is, it is, it’s extremely fascinating and, you realize, you reside in Japan? So, your, your ardour for the French language comes from… the place does that motivation come from? Kyejin: Oh, truly, I’ve just a few shut French associates who push me loads, and I might use my associates with them, and that is a lot enjoyable. Peter: In order that added up. That appears I keep in mind you talking about this subject fairly a bit. In order that added loads to it. However, you realize, the self-discipline and diligence to proceed to check in all of the areas is one thing that I have to be taught. Very fascinating and galvanizing stuff. Kyejin: Yeah, I feel yeah that is my examine fashion. I do know every particular person has a distinct examine fashion, however in my case, if I’ve a aim, particularly for the examination, that makes me cram for the examination and examine loads. Peter: So, Kyejin, had been you all the time like this? Kyejin: Sure, since I used to be a child, it is how I examine. Peter: It is a talent. I discovered a bit from you, however I’m not as diligent as you. I am a bit extra… my curiosity wanders a bit. However spending time finding out with you and studying from you this yr, I positively picked up some fascinating methods and a few very fascinating insights to your mindset and finding out with you was top-of-the-line issues that occurred as a result of, once more, I felt like I bought plenty of assist from you quite than I assumed it would be a bit extra aggressive. However that is perhaps since you had been to this point forward. Nevertheless it was very enjoyable and fascinating to check with you as a result of seeing your progress was motivational, you sharing your sources and methods was very fascinating. And nicely, I didn’t full my aim; I didn’t have the diligence to… as soon as I completed my class, then the subsequent day, I’m not as targeted as I have to be. And that in-between time was the largest downside. So I might end a category on Tuesday night time, after which Wednesday, I deserve a break, and Thursday, I deserve a break. After which earlier than I do know it, the category begins once more. In order that, in between, diligence is what I have to work on sooner or later. However this yr, I actually discovered loads, and I feel finding out with somebody like your self is tremendous highly effective. Kyejin: I additionally felt very completely satisfied to check with you as a result of typically I bought burnt out. So I could not actually examine loads as I anticipated. However you motivated me loads. And in addition I feel the best way you examine a language may be very artistic. So for instance, like the way you reply a really typical query, like “how are you?” And I attempted to make use of that approach with my lecturers or my French associates, and that was very enjoyable. So, yeah, I additionally thought studying with one other particular person is fascinating and in addition inspiring. Peter: Yeah, I wish to be taught with me, too. This was like a complete one-sided victory for you. You had, you handed the take a look at, you probably did the shows, you bought all the buddies. It is like in soccer is sort of a 10 nothing shutout for you. Kyejin: It was an awesome yr. Thanks, Peter. I won’t have the ability to proceed studying it if we did not do this internal circle, and if there’s, yeah, no probability. Like this was an awesome, nice, enjoyable yr Peter: Winner Circle for Kyejin. Kyejin: Winner circle and studying circle, too. We be taught from one another. Peter: So, however I additionally discovered that, you realize, for me, the take a look at added little or no motivation. Like I used to be by no means motivated to go the take a look at. I noticed it as one thing that I used to be dreading. Not like I used to be excited to go this take a look at. I used to be excited to take this take a look at. Now with that stated, I additionally suppose the take a look at is a extremely fascinating and great way… a greater approach than up to now, once we did this, I might measure by talking time and that is what I love to do is… I like to speak, and I like to speak, and I might wish to find out about folks. I’ve a really curious thoughts. Nonetheless, I do suppose regardless that I didn’t go that this complete take a look at was truly a greater approach to assess how a lot I used to be studying. It is an excellent approach to perceive the way you’re progressing and what you have discovered. Kyejin: Yeah, I completely agree. It is not nearly you go or not, it exhibits what’s your weaknesses, what’s your power? And curiously, I additionally observed myself concentrating and specializing in the take a look at the place the French language loads proper earlier than the take a look at. So there are specific issues that my instructor repeatedly right me, like “Kyejin, you must use this, you must use this” for a similar expressions, and I do not know why, however I might by no means keep in mind that. However when she corrected me earlier than the examination, I noticed all of the corrections, and I do not make these errors anymore. So, the take a look at may be very highly effective. It makes me targeted on the aim very a lot. Peter: Yeah. And you realize, studying via errors is such a robust approach to do that. You, you usually always remember errors you make in entrance of your class or in entrance of your friends. So it is tremendous highly effective. And the take a look at actually helps you, the apply checks, placing your self below stress, actually does assist, I assume getting this into your longer-term reminiscence, Kyejin: I feel, particularly after I make an embarrassing mistake, I always remember. In order that second may be very embarrassing and I wish to take away from my reminiscence, however I do not make the identical mistake when the scenario was actually dangerous. Peter: Yeah, it’s extremely nicely stated. It is so spectacular, the diligence and the best way you keep motivated and maintain finding out, it is exceptional. For myself, whereas the take a look at did not try this, it was very motivating to check with you. So, I discovered this yr that I do take pleasure in finding out with the correct associate. That is one thing that for people who find themselves usually examine, you realize, to be sincere, language studying journey could be a lonely one. So this was fairly good to do that collectively. So, discovering the correct particular person to check with may be very, very highly effective. I discovered many methods from you and loads about mindset from you. So this was highly effective. I discovered that for me, the take a look at is not motivational, however I have to reprogram my mind to grasp that… “Look, this take a look at is complete, and it is a highly effective approach to measure progress, discover your weak spot as you say, and enable you enhance.” So these are just a few of the principle issues that I’ve taken away. And two, you realize, regardless that I spent plenty of time on French, some huge cash on French, and my outcomes are nowhere close to the place they wish to be, I look again on the final yr and, nicely, I am pleased with my French journey. I am not pleased with the purpose I’ve reached, however I am very completely satisfied that I did take this yr to give attention to French. It is a great language, and I discovered loads about methods to examine and methods to alter my mindset, however the outcomes aren’t close to the place they have to be. Kyejin: And in addition, it is my very private opinion however the enjoyable a part of studying French is to search out French phrases from random locations. Particularly in Japan, plenty of cafes or eating places use French phrases the place yow will discover like, like t-shirts or a bag or some design stuff embody some French phrases… It’s my small pleasure of studying French. It’s totally enjoyable. I really feel just like the particular person sporting the – shirts, the particular person sporting in all probability does not perceive what it means. However I do know, I do know it, and it’s extremely enjoyable. French is used loads. Have you ever observed that? Peter: Yeah. When you’re finding out, you discover that it is used. Kyejin: Yeah, I really feel like I see the brand new phrase, like hidden phrases that I did not know earlier than. Peter: So, Kyejin, what’s going to you do subsequent yr on your French journey? Kyejin: I’ll proceed studying French and take the group courses and personal courses. I actually love having this routine. So I do not really feel a lot stress as a result of it is already my routine for over a yr. So, I will proceed doing that, and I will share totally different objectives with you subsequent time. How about you? Peter: So, I nonetheless have to take a correct A2 examination. So I’ll proceed to check French subsequent yr, but it surely won’t be my primary focus, however I’ll proceed to check as a result of I’ve to have the official doc that I took the take a look at. So March subsequent yr, I feel, is the primary DELF… Kyejin: Yeah, I feel it is March. Peter: However yeah, subsequent yr, both March or June, I have to take this take a look at outcome. I’ve to have the outcomes to place subsequent to us, Kyejin. Kyejin: OK. And also you stated it is not a primary focus. Does it imply you wish to be taught one other language? Peter: I like French. I feel it is a very fascinating language. I do really feel very pleased with my French instructor, and now I’ve an awesome French instructor. So, the infrastructure is there, but it surely was a bit trickier to check French. And I am not so motivated to check French. However I needed to shift again as a result of I am a artistic particular person to one thing that I am very passionate or motivated about. And that will be so I’ve a favor to ask of you, Kyejin. Kyejin: OK. What’s it? Peter: So I am very, very motivated to check Korean. Kyejin: Oh, can I ask why? What makes you motivated to be taught Korean? Peter: So I usually take pleasure in going to one in every of my favourite cities. Busan. Have you ever been to Busan Kyejin? Kyejin: Nope. I heard it is a lovely metropolis. Peter: In the summertime, it is among the finest locations to go to. So, and lots of the exhibits that I watch and plenty of Korean and so it is only a very fascinating language and tradition. So, subsequent yr, I wish to give attention to Korean. So I used to be pondering since you’re the prime instructor for Korean that I do know, perhaps it might be fascinating when you had been to show me Korean, and we are able to discuss collectively on this podcast, however then we are able to even perhaps have a bit the place you discuss with out me to provide the…. Kyejin: Positive, certain, in fact, Peter: …the sincere, direct suggestions about how I am doing as a pupil. Kyejin: I see. So I assessment all of your weaknesses plus strengths too. “Peter is doing very nicely on this facet; Peter is doing very dangerous on this facet.” No, no, no, I feel, yeah, it will likely be very enjoyable. However I am a scary instructor. I am a really motivated instructor. Peter: Wow. So now we have a motivated instructor assembly a motivated pupil, however Kyejin: sounds nice. Peter: So, yeah, I feel so we might have a enjoyable format for this subsequent yr, after which we are able to then additionally proceed to verify in in your journey for French. What do you suppose? Kyejin: Sounds nice. I am actually excited to show Peter. Be ready. Peter: I assumed it was an awesome concept in December final yr once we determined to be taught French collectively. And proper now, I feel this can be a nice concept, however wanting again on that final yr. Kyejin: Nicely, it was a enjoyable yr. Thanks. Peter: And congratulations, Kyejin. You actually had been fairly exceptional. So, for everybody listening or when you’re simply new to this, you’ll be able to look again on the final yr, and I feel, you realize, Kyojin actually has some very priceless perception on methods to attain your objectives relating to taking a standardized take a look at and progressing to achieve a aim that you just set and by no means wavering. No excuses. Kyejin: Thanks a lot. And in addition for you too. Congratulations. You truly improved loads. You proceed studying French, and also you additionally share the lack of perception on language studying. In order that’s nice. Even when you do not go the take a look at, I feel the progress itself or the journey itself was very priceless. Peter: Yeah, the journey was priceless, however sadly, outcomes do matter. So, however once more, it is fascinating too, you realize, while you depart faculty, some folks take checks of their professions, however I have never been in a take a look at atmosphere in an extended, very long time. So it is an fascinating feeling. I did not notably prefer it, however motivating in its personal approach. , I might simply say, I do not take a look at nicely, this and that. However I feel the higher strategy is such as you get your outcomes, you have a look at it, it exhibits your weaknesses, and these aren’t weaknesses to have a look at and say, “This is the reason I am unable to do it.” It is a cut-off date that claims, look, “Right here you’re, and if you wish to get to the place you hope to be, you must work on this space and this space, this space.“ So, I checked out it as motivational. Peter: Sounds nice. And thanks a lot, Peter, this yr. Kyejin: Okay. So, let’s take into consideration the format a bit. However yeah, subsequent yr needs to be extra enjoyable. And thanks very a lot, Kyejin. Kyejin: Thanks. And thanks, listeners, too. So, thanks a lot for being a part of the internal circle. Peter: And we hope you have taken motion on the ideas you have picked up in these classes Kyejin: As a result of while you take motion, you begin seeing outcomes, and also you begin reaching your language objectives. Peter: So thanks once more for coming together with us, and we’ll see you subsequent yr. If in case you have an replace in your language studying journey, please ship it to us.


Kyejin: Bye everybody. Peter: Bye everybody.

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