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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.
What would your requirements for a perfect language course be? I have spent a lot of thoughts on this question. If I could dream completely free from the constraints of existing books and audio courses, here's what I would value:
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Progress since January this year
13 / 30 Foreign books read, i. e. excl. German + English
33 / 50 Foreign texts written
481 / 700 Total hours of lang. study
(This is manually updated, so not always up to date)
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.
My original goal was to do 700+ hours of language study this year and read 50 books (30 in languages other than German/English). Instead, I only managed 643 hours of language study and 32 books (22 in languages other than German/English), so I am quite disappointed in myself.
My final list of books:
Book 1: "B.A.f.H. - Das Neueste vom Bastard Assistant" by Florian Schiel
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