I'm going to share a personal admission with you all right now. You won't see many other bloggers admitting things like this. Are you ready for it?
We are almost at the end of a second month this year — one-sixth of my time is already gone — and I still can't even have a simple conversation in Turkish!
Yup. That's right. I guaranteed to learn this language fluently in one year, and so far, after two months, I can't even have the most basic of all conversations.
And why is that? I could tell you about how I was busy with travel, or how I took an opportunity to improve my German, or how I've been writing, blogging, programming, socializing, and chatting with girls, but you'd see excuses for what they are.
I'm still not worried, though. Not worried at all. In my last post I talked about commitment, and now you're seeing why that was on mind. Whether or not I've been studying every day just doesn't matter, because I'm committed to succeed at this, and I've still got plenty of time to do it.
I didn't commit to being fluent in two months, I committed to one year. And I've already succeeded at that in the past. Twice. So I know I can do it again.
Just because I've been mostly unproductive in Turkish for the majority of two months is not an excuse to give up. And neither is whatever roadblocks have gotten in your way in whatever language you're learning. A pause, a break, a hiatus, it's not a valid reason to quit. Unless you're not really committed.
While my level still isn't very far, it's not as if I hadn't learned anything. I've already shared with you some of the things I've learned. And in my next post I'm going to share a really cool technique I've been using to learn conversation without any instructional materials.
Giving up hasn't even crossed my mind. I've still got 10 months left. Our friend Aaron Myers learned to speak Turkish fluently in under 9 months. Granted, I don't live in Istanbul, but if he can do it, I can do it.
Want to see my favorite language resources and courses?
I listed them here.