The New York Times has published an article on polyglots in the online community:
It is a good, quick read about polyglots and how the internet makes it easy for us to connect. A few things I found interesting: polyglots have an increased incidence of being left-handed (I’m not) and being homosexual (also not). I do have the ability to play any musical phrase by ear even though I have had no musical training. I wonder if this somehow is linked with polyglot ability?
People often accuse me of having a photographic memory (which I certainly do not) but I do think polyglots find “anchors” (mnemonics or visual clues) to help them remember things easily. It works for languages as well as for other things (like remembering the 12 Cranial Nerves).
Reading the article reminded me how I have been accused of working for the CIA many times, which I do not. I have also been cautioned to stop checking out Persian and Arabic books from the library multiple times by multiple people. They feared that I would be black-listed as a suspected terrorist and shipped off to Guantanomo! Quite silly really!
I’m baaack BABY!!
It couldn’t last long. I missed Mandarin too much. Perhaps I just needed to write the post on burning out to get me pumped again?! Who knows, but I’m back plugging away at Mandarin and loving it!
I think I have definitely learned my lesson as far as trying to accomplish too much. I am now simply doing a tiny bit every day when I feel up to it. I have been listening to the Chinese101 podcasts which are great! They give you a small 10 minute helping of Chinese a day. This is so manageable and enjoyable. It also works really well while driving or doing housework because there is no book to worry about. I would say that my goal is to get through Pimsleur by “x” date and get through the Elementary series of Chinese101 by “x” date… but I’m NOT! Right, this goes against everything that I’ve ever preached and abided by. No goals and no deadlines! I really think that this is key with a conquest like Mandarin. If one tries to do too much, too quickly burnout will be inevitable.For any of you who need some comic relief, I recorded a short video of myself speaking entirely in Mandarin. I did it unscripted but tried to keep it brief so as not to continue to repeat the same things over and over and over …. (which I ended up doing anyway! 🙂 ) It was harder than I thought it would be … You can see it here:
Please! Constructive criticism is welcomed! I will try to do one of these every month or so to gauge my progress.