Been Listening to Navajo
I made a commitment for the month of August to listen to Navajo for 3 hours a day. Well, the month is over now and I would like to write about the experience. You can see what my baseline was for the month of July to the left. Scattered listening for half the month. So a commitment, I thought, would help to improve my frequency.
In the beginning listening was a bit annoying. I guess that will happen when one pursues a certain habit that was previously not apart of their regular day. I was no exception. Three hours was a lot of time, but I found the time to listen. That wasn’t the annoying part though. Listen to Navajo was like I was little again, and my mom dragged me to a Chapter House meeting. Before, I could leave the building and play with the other kids outside…but now I made a commitment to stay and listen….no running away; even though I felt like it at times.
What helped with my interest in continuing to listen was some Navajo study outside my listening. If I heard a word that I had heard throughout my life, I went ahead and looked it up in a dictionary. Now I know what the word means and the audio I’m listening to makes a little more sense. I have heard some variations of words that I have learned in the Navajo App, more specifically the word associated with “help”. What I do outside of listening is helping me put together all the pieces. Listening is not as difficult anymore, it’s a regular part of my day now to actually hear Navajo for three hours.
So what did I listen to? I had a few sessions from General Conference, audio from some YouTube videos, and a bunch of audio from the NN Radio Network uploaded onto my iPod. It was nice to have a choice of what I wanted to listen to. I broke up the monotony. I did not have any transcription of the audio, which is something that could have been helpful. Some of the YouTube videos had transcriptions, but I never really had the time to type it out and add it to my iPod for a reference. Sometime throughout the month I remembered I had some Sharon Burch music on my iPod. I wanted to make her music apart of my three hours, but that wasn’t in the original commitment. Now that the month is over I will be adding more of her music into my listening. Not only because music can be easier to recall, but also because all of her songs come with Navajo and English lyrics.
I used the aTimeLogger app to keep track of my listening. I really liked this app because I don’t have to do any math after I have listened, the app will do that automatically. I also really liked the graphing function. I can see the number of hours that I have listen to Navajo for the month of August. I had a few days that were really difficult to find time to listen. I was away from home on one of the days for a family celebration, so I didn’t get to listen as much as I wanted to. I started to work full-time again, so that gave me some other challenges to reach my three-hour goal. Over all I have done well.
I have listened to 87 total hours for August. That is a lot of hours! The statistical data says that it is about 12% of my month. That is including my sleep time for the month, but if I only count those hours as part of my waking hours it is 17.5% of my day!!
I’ll continue to listen for the month of September, but I will start to add more music into the mix.