Another day is coming to a close, and I figured I would keep the streak going with another post on the ol’ blog. It looks like I’ve posted something each day for an entire week now.
I just finished another essay in Bosnian, this one entitled The Reason for Faith. It’s all of one page (I try to keep them all relatively short). The subject matter was quite stimulating, but somehow I still managed to wait until the night before my next language class to write the thing. I actually had to write the thing in English first, and then translate it. Hard stuff. Tomorrow I’ll find out how badly I butchered the Bosnian language.
Essays are fun. It’s a good venture into the world of output, a concept I’ve become more aware of in recent days. Activities undertaken in the journey of acquiring a new language can be broken up into two categories: input and output. Input includes reading and listening, and output includes speaking and writing. Output is much harder than input, as learners are always able to understand before they can speak or write correctly. But, the learner must have both in order to eventually progress toward fluency.
I went to church today, which was also fun. Besides the obvious spiritual benefits of attending church, there are also language benefits for me. Our church is somewhat typical, in the sense that we sit for a good while and listen to several people share information. This is good for lots of input. Lots.
That’s about it. Another week is about to start. And I am ready for bed.