Guest Post: Progress is Invisible, Until It Isn't

It is guest post time! Let me introduce you to The Language Dojo, a fellow language learning blog which is truly fun and great to read. I love lots of their posts and this particular one made me grin so much that I went after the sensei Ramses on Twitter until he allowed me to share it with my readers.

Here we go, over to Matt:

This sucks!

This sucks!

In the beginning, there is much suckage.

You make some Anki cards.

You watch a Korean drama. “Blahblah! Blahblahblahblahblahblahblah? Blahblahblah!”

You watch a Korean movie. “Hello! Blahblahblahblahblahblahblah? Blahblahblah!”

“I’m not getting anywhere! I suck!”

Time passes.

You make some Anki cards.

You go to a Korean restaurant and look at the menu: “Blahblahblah.”

You walk down a crowded Seoul street. You look at the neon signs: “BLAHBLAH” “BLAH!” “WIGGETYWIGGETYWACK BLAH!”

“I’m not getting anywhere! I suck!”

Time passes.

You learn how to read.

You watch a Korean variety show. “Hello! You blah go? I blahblah!”

You go into a Korean restaurant and look at the menu. “Blahblah RICE.”

“I’m not getting anywhere. I suck!”

Time passes.

You make some Anki cards.

You watch some Miyazaki movies dubbed into Korean. “Blahblah CAT BUS!”

You watch some Korean Starcraft matches. “Blahblah he wants to go blahblah… OH! Blah ATTTAAACCCKK!”

“I’m not getting anywhere. I suck!”

Time passes.

You make some Anki cards. Wow, you have a lot now.

You read a Korean menu: “Kimchi bulgogi cheese pizza [with corn]: 20,000 won.” Wow, you understood that one.

You watch a Korean movie:

“Where is the restaurant?”
“Why, are you hungry?”
“No, but in the morning…”
“Blahblahblah!”

It hits you like a ton of bricks. A maniacal grin crosses your face.

“I suck… but I’m getting somewhere.”

This fab article was first posted on the Language Dojo blog on 24 Oct 2012. In case you have become interested in Anki cards, you can read more here.