First, I finished the Spanish final. I think I did okay but I run to careless mistakes, so who knows? I did realize that instead of “no me gusta mucho” I would have better written simply “odio,” but after beating myself up about that for a while, I realized that if I didn’t stop I would replay the whole final, line by line, and beat myself up over better answers I could have given — when asked what I liked, for example, I replied “perritos” and then, later, driving home, realized that of course I should have added “y vino y la luz de candelas y caminar por la playa en la luz de la luna” (and that is indeed what I could have written: that’s all in my working vocabulary, thanks to Anki).
So I decided I had to stop thinking about it and occupy myself otherwise. And on the way home I stopped by the library to pick up a book on hold: Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer, so I’ve started that. The book is mesmerizing—and to learn that such a complex, hard-learned set of skills and techniques was simply discarded… though of course Plato warned of something similar: that printed books will never engage the mind in the way that dialogue with another can. At any rate, Foer’s book is relevant to this language learning, interesting in itself, and suggests an on-going exercise in learning memory skills might be fun. And useful, of course.