Pimsleur Spanish I 30-day challenge
For my first round of 30-day challenges, I don't think I did that bad. I used the Pimsleur language Spanish I program and only missed about 5 days out of the month. The days that I missed were mostly early in the month, as I was adjusting this new idea of these challenges. Not only was it difficult to remember this specific challenge, but I forgot that I was even doing these challenges a couple of times. Hopefully, it will get easier as time goes on.
As for the Pimsleur course, I found that it worked really well, but that it also has some limitations. Unlike my little brother, who is a language wiz, I'm not the best at learning languages. Hell, I'm still having trouble with English, and it's my native tongue. The main problem for me was that it was going a bit too fast for me, which I solved by running the same recording two days in a row. That gave me a chance to try it, have things sink in overnight, then do a much better job the next day. The other problem that I have is that I know that I'm not getting certain aspects of the speech right, and it would be really helpful to work with a teacher who is experienced with giving feedback on those sorts of things. A great example of this is the rolling of my "r"s. I know how it is supposed to sound, but I either underdo it or overdo it, I just can't get the timing right.
I definitely plan to continue with the Pimsleur Spanish program to give me a better understanding of the language, but at some point I think I will want to take some sort of class to get the more subtle aspects of the language down. I'm sure that I'll always have a gringo accent, but I'd at least like to be understandable, even if they are giggling at how I pronounce things.