I’m in it for the Long Haul
I have been reading a few blogs lately about the amount of input and study time requirement to become fluent in your language of choice. There have been references to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers and the “10,000-Hour Rule”. In short, what it means is that if you want to become an expert in whatever practice you desire, you need to put in 10,000 hours. That sounds like a lot.
That is 416 days or 1 year and 2 months without sleeping. That is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It sounds possible. However, I need my sleep. So let’s consider this to be a full-time job, 8 hours each day including weekends. This calculates into 1250 days, that’s about 3 1/2 years. Wow.
I won’t lose heart. I forget where I heard the question, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”. I am learning that language acquisition is possible by digesting chunks in your target everyday. I am in the process in evaluating my study schedule. I was doing well for a little while, but I have let my schedule fall apart in the last few weeks. I blame my mattress. I am in the process of finding a better way to get a good night’s sleep.
I have made note of the advice in Learning a Language is like Having a Pet while I evaluate my study schedule.