Understanding Slowly Birthing

I'm 3 semesters into studying Japanese. Having failed Japanese 101 the first time, I was off to a rocky start. I took the class again, buckled down, and eventually got the hang of things. I memorized the phonetic alphabet (あ、い、う、え、and s(お) on). I wrapped my head around the fundamental grammar and structuring. And I even … Continue reading Understanding Slowly Birthing

Marco Camilo — From Language Mastery to The Afterlife: A Conversation on Biological Systems, Purpose, & Happiness (#39)

Listen on Spotify | Listen on Apple | Watch on YouTube The best professors are the ones that know how to play with your mind.Marco Camilo This conversation is riveting, informative, practical, and profound. Approach with an open mind. Today I'm joined by Marco Camilo (@_marcocamilo). Marco Camilo is a polyglot and professor of languages … Continue reading Marco Camilo — From Language Mastery to The Afterlife: A Conversation on Biological Systems, Purpose, & Happiness (#39)

“You will lose points if you make too many mistakes”

The instructions on my online Japanese homework read: "you will lose points if you make too many mistakes." I'm sorry? Isn't that how we learn? By making mistakes? And how many mistakes is too many? It doesn't matter if a kid falls off his bike 500 times. Give them the chance to get back on … Continue reading “You will lose points if you make too many mistakes”

0.0001%* Of Your Life

If you're learning something new, ask yourself: How much of my life have I spent not doing this? 26 years of not speaking in Japanese. 37 years of not surfing. 81 years of not writing a memoir. Of course it's hard. Of course you're forgetting steps, falling off your board, and faltering up the stairs. … Continue reading 0.0001%* Of Your Life