Ahhhhh..... Let's try this TAC on easy mode. Easy? Well... I have a tendency to pick an interesting exotic language, and that means hitting walls, and that means giving up. Examples:
Horray I can tell time and buy train tickets in Finnish! Wait, what the hell is that 70 letter long word?
I can hold a basic conversation in Japanese! Wait, I just horribly offended you via honor system????
Ainu is awesome! Oh, nobody speaks it...
Ah, Serbian my love... You are waiting but not forgotten...
So, back to basics. My French is rustier than the metal bolts on an abandoned farm in the campagne, but I'm slowly getting it back while trying to raise my daughter and son to be semi bilingual. I'm not too shabby in Spanish and I understand Italian, Catalan and Portuguese to an extant, so..... Romance languages.... Dalmatian is dead, Istriot is too Italian for me, Occitan and Catalan too french, Portuguese is just... Well, I'm not a big fan of its pronounciation, sorry. What else? Romansh... Hum, too small. Galician looks cool, Asturian, is that a thing? Hmm... Wait, I had a long dead dream of going to Constance and seeing Poenari castle in Transylvania, kitschy Dracula stuff at Bran castle, and the ruins in Varna! Wait varna is Bulgaria. But it's kinda nearby! Plus, Romanian is just exotic enough to keep me interested but it looks rooted grammatically like other Romance languages.... So... Easy mode. Not that any language is easy, but it has a lot of speakers, is the only real eastern Romance language of any size (or at all?), and it's close enough to not reinvent the wheel but far enough to keep my interests. Also vampires.
So, I will have a delayed start... I bought colloquial Romanian but it's currently on another continent. I'll be serious in mid Feb when I can get my hands on it, so a slow start to... Romanesca ?? Will try for at least an hour of study a Saturday and a word a day. I had a good thing going with humgarian for a while but I tried to cram toouchh at a time and then space too far apart- when I have time = I never had time. SO. Let's see if I fail another TAC before the end of January
Cannot introduced self with greetings and goodbyes
Cannot describe profession / nationality
Cannot tell time
Cannot navigate a city with directions
Cannot order food
Cannot hold a basic conversation
Cannot book hotel room
---stretch goals in no order---
Read news paper, understand general content
Produce a paragraph of text that isn't boring
Record 2 minutes of speech that is intelligible
Record 5 minutes if video free of major grammatical or phoenetic mistakes of me playing with my kids.
Extended Food / Drinks
Playground games and equipment
Extended travel (airline, train, hotel, bus)
.... Ooooo, I forgot I like having goals, because then I have something to reach to XD. So I will start this weekend, but in earnest towards the end of February with ... Romanesca??