I have a PhD in Horribleness

No I don’t

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: If you could go back to school (for free) for a new degree, what would you want to study?

I tend to think that I have spent enough time in school and there is no way I am ever setting foot in a classroom again. But there are so many things I want to learn that I can’t discard this possibility entirely. The next time I decide to focus on a subject other than languages, though, it will probably be via distance learning e.g. MOOCs.
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Who I am: 3 things about myself

a.k.a. Introducing myself properly at last

This post is based on a Blogging101 prompt: publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post. This is the “who I am” part; for the Writing101 entry with the “why I’m here” part, see Why I write and what I write about.

I’m a language learner

My interest in foreign languages started as a kid when I began learning English. I fell in love with this language to the point that I enjoyed using it more than my mother tongue, French. Over the years, I studied German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and more recently the American sign language (ASL), but none triggered the same amount of passion I had – and still have – for English.
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12 things blogging taught me

a.k.a. August in review

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: What do you now know about yourself at the end of this month-long challenge?

7 things I learnt from NaBloPoMo

About blogging

  1. I needed a writing space.
    I started this blog to share my self-tracking efforts without realising how much I needed to go back to writing. Now I know – and I intend to keep at it. Continue reading

Drawing with ones and zeros

a.k.a. Binary for dummies

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Tell us one thing you remember learning in school as a kid.

Grid drawings

One thing I remember fondly is learning to do grid drawings. Our teacher would give us an empty grid with the same number of rows and columns (either a multiple of 10 or a power of 2, e.g. 10×10 or 16×16) and one sequence of ones and zeros per row.
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Get me to speak with cats and computers…

…and leave human languages to me

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: If you could be instantly fluent in another language, which one would you choose to know?

Thanks, but no thanks

As I explained yesterday, I value hard work and dedication when it comes to learning a new skill. This, of course, applies to languages as well. Of course, I would be thrilled to become fluent in, say, Japanese, a language it would – and, hopefully, will – take me years to learn. But it would be so much more satisfying to become fluent in Japanese after years of efforts and commitment than instantly through science or magic – unless I had invented the said science or magic, I suppose.
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It’s the small victories that matter…

…well, not really, but they do help

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: What is the hardest part about learning a new skill? Do you enjoy a challenge or do you like things to come easily?

The hardest part

I think the hardest part is being realistic when setting goals for oneself. It can be difficult to assess:

  • how much time we are going to need before we consider this skill learned, and
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On the heart’s part in knowledge acquisition

Why can’t I just answer the damn question?

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: Do you need to have hard-cold facts to believe something, or do you know things with your heart?

Knowledge acquisition

If we only believed with hard-cold facts, there is not much we would accept as true. The way I see it, knowledge comes from two sources: our experience, and accounts of other people’s experience. By “experience”, I mean everything we go through, everything we feel, everything we study closely. And by “accounts”, I mean everything people share about their experience and other people’s experience, whether honestly or dishonestly, and sometimes honestly yet based on dishonest sources.
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On catching clients with food

I swear this is a serious post

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: If you could connect one-on-one with one expert, what would you want to learn?

On the professional side

With my business in mind, I would like to connect with a communication and marketing expert who could teach me everything I need to know – and do – before I approach potential clients. Some general advice relevant to my situation would be nice, for starters – but I think a hands-on approach would work best. I have read so much on this topic that I shouldn’t need anyone to hold my hand, but somehow applying what I have learnt isn’t as easy as one may think.
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