Did y’all know I’m going to Vietnam on Thursday?!
Yeah, I’m pretty excited about it.
One of the main reasons I’m excited for a little vacation, other than getting to travel with my hubs, see some amazing scenery, and eat all the Pho, is because I really need a break from language learning. I feel like I’ve hit a point where all my new vocabulary is piling up and I can’t keep up with it. I’m mixing up tones and words that I’ve known for months, mainly because it’s just too much new content to retain.
Another huge revelation I had recently is that I can’t be myself when I’m speaking Chinese.
When I’m speaking English or hanging out with my American friends, I’m loud, crazy, and make all the jokes. But I can’t do this in Chinese or when I’m hanging out with my Chinese friends. My language isn’t good enough to speak quickly or express myself openly. I’m more reserved and, usually, no one understands my jokes or sense of humor.
It’s such a weird feeling…to not be able to be yourself or express yourself like you normally would.
BUT I know this vacation will help me clear my head. Usually when we travel outside of China, we come back feeling refreshed and ready to jump back into language learning. Leaving and coming back also causes us to realize how much language progress we’ve actually made. We often meet people on our flights who speak standard Mandarin (which is what we’re studying) and seeing how much we understand when talking with them is always super encouraging.
So in summary, I’m SO looking forward to a little rest, relaxation, fresh air and adventure! And I’m also looking forward to having more motivation for language learning when we come back.
Wish me luck!
But before I peace out for a week, I wanted to share with you all this simple, delicious Homemade Fig Jam Recipe! Figs are only in season for a short period of time, so I new I needed to take advantage of the short time I had with them. This Homemade Fig Jam Recipe couldn’t be easier to make. It contains only 4 ingredients and doesn’t require any gelatin or canning. Yes! Chia seeds thicken up the sweet fig sauce and a touch of maple syrup makes it extra sweet.
Please let me know if you try this recipe and what you think!
Also, I’d love to hear if any of you have gone through intensive language learning before. What methods worked for you? What was hard about it? What did you learn about yourself or your culture?
- 10 fresh figs
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- juice of ½ lemon
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- Start by removing the skin off your figs. If your figs are ripe, this should be easy to do.
- Place the peeled figs into your blender and add in the maple syrup and lemon juice.
- Blend until a smooth, liquid forms.
- Add in the 3 tablespoons chia seeds and blend briefly to combine.
- Pour the jam into a jar, seal and place in the fridge to thicken for about 8 hours.
- Spread on your favorite toasted bread!