Hey I'm trying to raise money for Oxfam France through Alvarum (a French organisation which collects funds on behalf of various charities) by running the Paris half marathon. Am I allowed to post a link to my Alvarum page here and ask for donations from my fellow Lingqers?
They had a Movember donation link in November, so I hope they allow it!
By the way, what's it like to speak a second language while running a marathon? I think you're taking Steve's recent video about language learning being an endurance activity a little too litterally :p
Ha ha, I must watch that video. All I can say about speaking a second language is that: it's great! Marathon or no marathon. That said I have been exercising every day since early December and have come to the conclusion that exercise is a big help in language learning. I have found that regular exercise affects my language learning in the following ways:
- I have more energy when I study and focus better and more effectively.
- If I am doing a very long study session I can break it up with exercise. This ensures that the session does not become tedious and also gives me a big energy boost going into the second part of the session.
- I can listen to content while running.
- I sleep better and can get up earlier. Which allows me more time to study and to start earlier.
- Stress and burnout does not occur because I de-stress during workouts and runs.
I'd like to hear other peoples thoughts on how exercise affects language learning.
I´ve made the same experience. Abstaining from alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, energy drinks and junk food seem to help as well.
In my experience, excercising and eating healthily will have a possitive effect on any learning you do for reasons Monsieur Bonne already discussed. You sleep better, you are more awake, you think more clearly, etc. etc. I think one needs to be a bit careful though. I played Ultimate Frisbee seriously while I was at university. This is a very physically demanding sport, and after a tough training, I would be dead for the rest of the day. I could barely concentrate on studying.
Anyway, I think you are allowed to post links to charity pages. I see no reason why not. You have posted here 62 times now, so you are clearly not a spammer. The high overlords of LingQ (Mark, Alex, Galina, and Steve) should not object.