This week I split my time up into two one-hour sessions. On Tuesday, I met with Eli for the first time this week. To begin our session I practiced the alphabet, and this ended up taking most of the time again. After we got done with this, I practiced spelling. Thursday’s session was similar. I met with Eli in the afternoon, and we AGAIN started with the alphabet. It didn’t take quite as long this time, and we were able to move onto words earlier. This time, we practiced bathroom words: sink, shower, toilet, etc. At first, he said the words, and I would spell them. To end our session, I practiced saying the words I had spelled.
Even though I am learning alone (hence the independent learning project), I can’t help but feel behind, so I continued studying on my own. I started the habit of reciting the alphabet in my head whenever I think of it. I used this website if I forgot how any of the letters were pronounced. I study the words Eli has had me spell so far and tried to remember their definition. Eli told me that once I get the pronunciations and phonetics down, we will move on to simple sentences and more challenging words. I was expecting the process to be slow, but I didn’t think it would be quite this slow. Eli is a great teacher, and I enjoy and appreciate learning from him, but I can’t help but wish my process was a bit quicker. I have put in over twelve hours to this project, and there are letters in the alphabet I still struggle pronouncing.
Although this is a frustrating experience, I know every new opportunity to learn is a good one. I have become proficient in a few skills since a young age, but it has been a long time since I have attempted learning a new one. I began playing sports in the second grade, and I started taking piano lessons around the same time. Over the past ten (plus) years, I have been improving my skill in these crafts, but I have not picked up a new one. Remembering this reminds me that I must be patient. I have also noticed some definite progress which is very encouraging, and every time we go through the alphabet, Eli is impressed with my improvement. Although I was hoping to be more knowledgeable of the language by this time, I am learning to appreciate any progress, even if it is slow.