This week the weather has turned rainy here signaling the end of summer and the beginning of fall. As the sky is turning gloomy, I am trying to thwart the melancholy that shorter and grayer days can bring. So for the second week for Creativity, Innovation and Change, I have decided to start an experiment (I am the only participant) which involves some ventures designed to stretch me in both mind and body. Those of us engaging in this activity are encouraged to keep the following very wise mantra in mind:
Living in Belgium ,where there are three official languages and English and other languages are spoken widely as well, I have chosen as one of my ventures to engage in daily French practice. My other venture involves using my sock Poi that I bought over 6 months ago. These seemingly random choices are partially inspired by my recent move back overseas and Asbjørn Skovsende’s inspiring post on Failure, Juggling and Dewey.
For this venture we are instructed to write in our Idea Journal 4 things that we failed at and what we learned.
At basic poi spinning, I have failed continuously at turns and spinning the sock poi in alternate directions. I also have failed quite regularly at spinning the poi in split time. Some things that I am learning are that closing my eyes, listening to music, and practicing frequently help me to get better at these basic moves. Like juggling, doing poi works both sides of the brain and promotes creativity which I think are helpful in both life and embarking on this course.
With French, I have failed quite regularly at getting the gender correct when working with nouns and possessives. I also have had quite a bit of trouble with pronunciation. However, I am finding that listening to to the sounds of French via music and conversations without thinking about the complexities of grammar, is useful in improving my pronunciation. Also by simply memorizing the gender of nouns and possessives, I have improved my grammar.
We are also encouraged to share our experience with others as they may learn from us. I can honestly say that for both of my ventures, what I am learning most is that by practicing religiously I make quite a bit of progress.
I have found numerous videos on youtube helpful for learning basic poi. Here are just a few links:
A great mobile resource for language learning, in case you are deciding to venture in the area of learning a new language, is the Duolingo app or you can just go to the Duolingo website by pressing the icon below.