Episode 24: Testing a New Language


10 October 2022

22 mins 29 secs

Season 2

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About this Episode

In this episode, I talk about my experience testing out a new language, Korean. The thing is, Korean is something I've wanted to learn for over 20 years, but I have two other languages that definitely take priority, so taking on a third language is probably not very reasonable. So I had to ask myself, "Am I thinking about this because I'm afraid of (continuing) to miss out?" "Am I afraid that I've already missed my chance, and I won't get another one?" These are very reasonable questions, especially considering the FOMO I talked about last week in Episode 23.

So this week, I take my own advice for combatting fear of missing out in language learning, and I apply it to this process of taking on another language. By testing it out for 7 days, a bounded amount of time, I was able to objectively assess what my journey with Korean can reasonably look like and what resources to keep at my disposal. Instead of jumping in on an emotional whim (which I've been known to do in the past), I feel like walking myself through this process of testing a new language (or resource or method) with bounds and a plan helped me make a logical decision about my language life, and I don't have to question if I'm missing something or doing too much. I know exactly what I'm getting myself in to, and this confidence makes all the difference.