Playing with duoLingo

Da die Katze viel freie Zeit hat, lernt sie Deutsch, so dass sie mit der Familie des Bären sprechen kann. Sie lernt mit einem Spiel, welches duoLingo heißt. Es ist interessant! Die Katze lernt so schnell.

I knew of duoLingo for the first time on one of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) seminars, as one of prominent online courses for language. At that time I was thinking, “Hmmm… interesting”, but that’s all, I didn’t even bother to try it.

However recently, my friends were talking about it, that they learn Italian through this game, beating each other in the leaderboard. It is quite great especially when you have nothing else to do and want to defeat the boredom by doing something useful. So I decided to visit the site, and was excited when I saw that they have an app for it. The app is cool! Because having the game in my mobile phone, I can play while waiting for the bus or train, or even on the bus/train ride, or on the bed before going to sleep… perfect!

Now I’m on level 7 of German ^^ I hope I can finish the lesson (game) soon and move to the next step, watching movies or reading something in German. My goal is a basic German comprehension *for the upcoming ski holiday with the bear’s family on February ;)* so that I could at least understand what people are talking about. Participating in the conversation is of course the ultimate goal, but learning a language is like baby steps, don’t rush it :p.

And then after that… Italian! 😀

Cheers, optimistic cat 😉

Welcoming 2017 and My 2016 in Review

A little bit late, but… hello, 2017! 🙂

I’ve planned and started two commitments for this year. The first one…

The second one is something that I actually started 3 years ago, yes, to master German (with Duolingo)! I’m going to start a stickK commitment soon, after a paper deadline. It seems to be an interesting concept, a friend has tried and recommended it. The idea is: you set your goals, then you can set a referee who verifies your reports. You can also (optionally) set the stakes, in which the money can go to either a friend or foe, charity, or anti-charity, if you fail your commitment. Let’s see how it goes 😉

As for my 2016 in review, inspired by a friend who reviewed his year by embedding the highlight of his tweets for each month, I’m going to do the same! But I don’t tweet anymore, so I’ll embed my Facebook posts instead.

TL;DR: 2016 was a great and hectic but exciting year for me. A year of change and transition. I finished my PhD. I went home for 2,5 weeks. I started a Postdoc position, moved to Germany. I went to Japan for the first time, went back again two months later. And finally I turned 30.

Now, let’s start with…

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Hi there, 2015!

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I was trying to find my ‘new-year-blog-post’ for 2014, to reflect on my last year resolutions. It turns out that… I have none! 😀 Hmmm… well, I will revive the tradition again this year.

Welcome, 2015! I hope you’ll be wonderful like last year… or even better 😉

At the end of 2012, I started two ‘big projects’ of my life. The first one is supposed to be a three-year project, so I hope I can finish it this year. The second one.. ehem.. is supposed to be a lifetime project :”>, so I hope it will never be finished.

At the end of 2013, I passed the qualifying exam for the three-year project mentioned above, which includes presenting my plans for the project. Thankfully, in terms of publications, I was quite productive last year, all are almost according to the plans :). Hopefully, this year I can be as productive as last year.

Also at the end of 2013, I started learning German with Duolingo. The progress was not as I expected ^^;. I hope this year it will be different, and I can finally master the language.

At the end of 2014, I failed at the early stage of establishing another ‘project’ *or you can call it a dream* of my life. But believe it or not, one day after I posted the story here, I got contacted again. Now, I’m still waiting for the result, so let’s hope for the best.

Also at the end of 2014, I learned that family should also be in my priority lists. I hope I can dedicate more time to my family this year. It’s been a while since we’re traveling together somewhere. The idea has been around for quite some time now. I know that this is difficult given the time and circumstances, but I’ll try my best to make it happen.

I want to reconnect with old friends. Sometimes I think I don’t put enough effort on maintaining a friendship.

I really want to spend less time on social media. I installed StayFocusd in my browser. For now it’s working when I’m in front of my laptop. However… when my 15 minutes quota per day is finished, sometimes I still turn to my smartphone to browse there. Let’s hope I can cure my addiction :p.

“Getting a driver license.” This item has been in my list of new year resolutions since forever. I don’t know if I will ever cross this out, since I never urgently need one. So instead, I hope… the public transportation system of the world will get better and better, or I will never have to travel alone by car :”>, so that I don’t need a driver license, hahaha.

Scuba diving is checked. So now, only bungee jumping, skydiving/paragliding, and via ferrata left. But someone *my personal trainer a.k.a the Bear* said that I cannot do via ferrata with my current state of stamina. So yeah… this year, will do more sport and more hikes!

Travel destinations: Bali *I’m ashamed when I said I’m from Indonesia but have never been to Bali -.-* or Lombok, Lake Toba, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru volcanic complex, Mexico and around, Kenya *visiting Kithaka* and around, Southeastern Europe, Australia or New Zealand. I hope this year I can go to at least one of them ;).

Those are my wishes for 2015… What’s yours? 😉