This year (2012), I didn't accomplish much in the way of achievements. I have no achievements to brag about. I didn't watch much Chinese TV. I didn't take any language tests. I did, however, start a new job where I am working in an English bubble. I used to work in a Japanese office. Yes, I am still in Japan, but now I work where there are very few Japanese people and English is pretty much the only language spoken.
But for 2013, I have a number of things I want to accomplish and so it's going to be a year of revolutions.
First of all, I am studying for some more Oracle database certification exams. I'm going to take two exams and I'm going to take them in Japanese. I did this before when I got certified on Oracle PL/SQL. I don't have to take them in Japanese. I could go to the testing center and take the English version of the tests. I choose to take them in Japanese. I have already bought a study book for the first exam and have read more than half of it. After I pass those two exams, then I'm going to study for and take the Java programmer certification exam. I'll do that in Japanese as well.
After I finish those exams in Japanese, I will continue to study in Japanese. I want to pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 exam in December 2013. For that, I need to do a lot of reading of articles of the type that will appear on the exam. Reading comprehension is very important for the exam.
At the same time, I would like to take my Chinese to the next level. By the end of the year, I would like to be able to hold a conversation in Chinese without too much trouble. For that, I am going back to Assimil Chinese with Ease to make sure I know every word and phrase in the course. I am also going to write out every lesson so that I will be sure to reinforce some of the words that are not used very often in the course as well as be able to read and hopefully write Chinese characters.
I am not too worried about any of the usual hiccups that come with using textbook lessons since I have already spent a lot of time with Chinese. I seem to already have acquired pretty good pronunciation and I know I'm at a point where I can really take off. Either before or after I finish Assimil, I will practice speaking by engaging in some conversations. That will allow me to gauge where I am at with the language. To date, I have only spent 6.8 hours speaking Chinese, and only once this year. This year, I watched Chinese TV dramas for about 140 hours. I will try to watch some next year too, but I have not set any target hours.
I will be really excited when I can carry on a conversation in Chinese well.
Good luck to everybody in 2013!