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goobster  ·  431 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 15, 2017

Learning and studying a language is SURPRISINGLY tiring. I used to experience this a lot when I was in Budapest, because so many linguists go there to learn the weirdo language.

I did a week-long immersion course to become proficient in Hungarian, and I have never been more exhausted in my life. My classmates and I were amazed at how draining it is...

user-inactivated  ·  431 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think I'm becoming tired so easily in the uni because I'm bored with it. It's nowhere near engaging or curiosity-entertaining that I was hoping for it to be. No wonder people start reading on their tablets soon after a lecture starts. I'm going to have to make my own effort to find stuff to learn simply not to become dumber out of boredom.

veen  ·  431 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So true. The first few weeks of studying abroad in Canada were much more mental effort than I'd imagined...going from talking Dutch all summer to not hearing Dutch more than once a week is quite a difference. After about three weeks, my brain decided "okay we're now gonna switch over to English" and that mental drain dissipated. (Switching back to Dutch was a similar process - extra weid because it legitimately feels like you're relearning your mother tongue. My Dutch used English syntax for like, a month.)