If you plan on having kids, better to do it now. You will have less time with kids biting at your ankles all day.
dooo : YEah no kidding about the kids ( no pun intended 0_o). We've no plans for kids at the moment. Maybe when when around 30 years old. Yep, I know if i want more time studying i need to cut something out but right now there isnt anything to cut out I've a full schedule of important things I need to do.. If i was watching too much tv or wasting time doing meaningless things I would cut them out ( maybe i could cut out how much time i spend on these boards today =p )
Again I just find it interested to read about other peoples situations and where they find the time to study languages. Im crazy busy but I do find the odd time to enjoy some korean studying. I just wish days were longer =p
Dec. 12, 2010, 9:48 p.m.
My daily routine works pretty well but everything BUT studying.. I just havent been able to figure it out a routine that includes daily active studying. Hopefully it works out =p.
Dec. 12, 2010, 10:49 p.m.
I don't know how many hours you mean. The way I "study" is kind of the way, dooo finds time for languages. For me, it's not the amount of time, it's the quality of time and that's kind of how I think about family time as well.
This must be love...
I envy alot of other people here who seemed to know what their doing when it comes to studying languages =p.
Do not spend your time listening and reading in a way that appears to your spouse to invade your time with her. That still leaves time for your own activities. There are spouses who read books, who enjoy different music, and different hobbies. Language learning should fit into that pattern.
Since I started with LingQ I have devoted more time to language learning. I find that with an mp3 player, I have more flexibility. I can listen anywhere, waiting in line at a store, exercizing or whatever. I find that I now volunteer for household chores, like the dishes and clean up, and garden work, more than before , because this is my learning time.
Dec. 13, 2010, 5:58 a.m.
Dec. 13, 2010, 1:01 p.m.
(Love the word *manswer*, by the way.)
I have long hair and, when listening to Russian on my mp3 player, keep the volume down low enough that I can hear people when they talk to me. That way I get in 1 - 2 hours a day of listening, despite constantly being around other people who want me to listen to everything they say. Saying "yes dear" every 2 minutes works best with the under 10s.
My husband was bemused when I started learning Russian, seeing no practical purpose for it whatsoever. I kept telling him it's not illegal,expensive or fattening so he should count his blessings, and after 4 years, he's stopped grumbling about it.
Does this count as a wo-manswer?
my situation is similar to yours somehow: I'm not married, but I live with my girlfriend (which pretty much is like being married), I am all day long at home, I study french and she is french. She doesn't teach me because she's a french teacher, and ends up pretty tired after classes, so I can't ask her to teach me french. Besides, she loves to speak spanish, and my french level is still too low to have a natural conversation in french with her.
We are both quite busy. However I can spend 30 min a day with LingQ (the truth I'm not that systematic, so perhaps one day I would spend 2 hours learning french, and then 3 days on a row without doing any practice; which is something I wouldnt recommend).
That said, here is a tip, I know you didnt ask for advice, but this might be helpful for a lot of us who spend a long time at home: you can write down some of the vocabulary that you learn, and post it in several places around the house. For example, you post the word "mirror" (if English is the language you are learning) on the mirror; the word "table" on the table, and so on... This does not only apply to vocabulary related with objects of the house, you can post the phrase "to have a nap" next to the bed, or "do you want a beer?" somewhre in the kitchen. Moreover, if your wife doesn't get mad about having all these tags around the house, or if you don't care much about keeping a beautiful decoration; you can also post pictures or drawings with their correspondent name-tag. This way, you get input all day long from the language you are learning, and most importantly you make the most out of working at home. Your house will look like a scrapbook, but then, you can study some vocabulary while cooking, or while sitting on the toilet bowl.
Whenever my wife watches TV or plays computer games, I study. When I go to bed, I read a little or I watch a Japanese drama. She reads a lot and I study at the same time. Sometimes, I study in the morning by getting up earlier than everyone else. On the weekends, everyone sleeps in but me, so it's my study time. Apart from that, I spend a lot of time thinking about Japanese and I can do that anywhere.
Studying Japanese is my main hobby. As much as I love my wife, I need to be able to have some time for my hobby and it's only fair that she understand this.