IWTYAL 139: I’m overwhelmed with study options

Class asks: “How can I put together a study plan that works for me in Italian?”

In this episode:

  • Too much advice can lead to paralysis by analysis
  • Stress is the enemy of learning
  • It’s important to stay connected to your original reason for learning
  • Taking 3 weeks off to focus on enjoying the language can work wonders

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  • Claas Drechsler

    Olly, thanks a lot for addressing my 9-minute-babbling in your podcast. I
    find your analysis very interesting and there is a lot of truth to it.
    I’m impressed once again how valuable your podcast really is.

    Even though I really just do this language learning journey for myself only, I keep on beating myself up for not doing enough and I am going for more and more options. One more book here, another app there. Why can’t I understand all what is being said in the movie, the news, the podcast or audiobook? Why can’t these new words stick? Why do I keep on having problems with the same grammar pattern? …

    I really need to give myself a break and try to focus on the very reason why I started this!!! And I know that I am stressing myself out here and by doing so paralyzing myself. Crazy human mind!

    Even when trying to adopt a meditation habit in the daily routine I find myself upset for not managing to actually do it. I know that this would be really helpful for both relax and focus though…

    Back to the Italian learning journey… Still, I need goals in order to keep it going and for some stupid reason I signed myself up for the C1 Italian exam for 01-Dec-2016. It won’t be killing me should I fail but with only about 6 weeks left I won’t allow myself a 3-week-break now. I will stick to what I enjoy for now though. And after having watched TV series and listened to audiobooks and podcasts only for the next 2-3 weeks, I will then have to go through some pain to eventually hopefully make it. Let’s see…

    Thanks again for the tons of great advice!

    • You’re welcome Claas, and I’m really glad you replied here. You’re a deep thinker. Ultimately that will serve you well! Just remember to enjoy yourself in the meantime! Best of luck.

  • Zach Kruchkow

    Thank you Olly and Claas for this excellent discussion. I currently have been facing the same issue with my Korean studies, and I think I do need to take 2-3 weeks off of what I am currently trying to do, due to this burn out that I am facing. My main reasons for learning Korean was the culture, food, and music. I’m going to try to spend the next few weeks learning song lyrics, reading recipes in Korean, and with those two they will be reinforcing my knowledge of the culture while learning more.

    Thank you so much, this was the perfect podcast for what I needed right now.

    • That’s great to hear – come back in a few weeks and let me know how you get on!