For a while I played with the idea to actually post something of substance. You know – meaty and useful fact-filled post instead of blabbing about myself. But then I thought – if the latter is so much fun, why should I stop it. So I’ll leave the groundbreaking research of Polish maledicta for the next post and spend this one on talking about what important business I’m neglecting when I blog.
So here’s what I plan to do in the next 12 months, language-wise:
– Learn (some) Armenian until July, because -guess what- that’s when I’ll be visiting Armenia;
– Start Arabic (MSA and Levantine) somewhere in the second half of the year because of the long-term career prospects;
– Improve my Lezgi to the point of usability, continue with my learninglezgi blog and make it (and my Lezgi webpages) a serious resource, because I should’ve done that a long time ago;
– Finish my series of language sketches entitled “Języki Afryki od Z do A” [“African Languages from Z to A” if you can’t guess], because I like to finish tasks I started. My aim is to describe in readable way at least one African language for each alphabet letter, to give the Polish readers (as it’s written in Polish) a glimpse at Africa’s linguistic diversity. I’ve arrived at P (for Pulaar) just now – all the sketches are available at the excellent Polish Africa-themed portal afryka.org, some of them – at my website;
– In connection with the above – learn more Zulu/Xhosa than I already have. Because many people speak it, some people I know are trying to learn it and going to South Africa next year seems a good idea;
– Resurrect my Italian and Hungarian, maybe start writing blogs in them? Because that’d make my resume look intimidatingly random;
– Start a Russian language website/blog about Iranian languages and a Polish course for Persian speakers. Because my Russian and my Persian both need practicing;
– … sigh… learn French. Because once in a while you have to learn something useful.
On top of that, I’d like to write a lot more, and try to publish my writing. Some of the topic I’d like to start working on (if I haven’t already):
– a map of Iranian clerical elite’s family ties
– a guide to the Great Ayatollahs and their role in modern-day Shi’a polities
– a book about Iranian state and its structures (what we have on Iran in Polish is of lamentable quality)
– a comparative grammar of the three major varieties of modern Persian (Iranian Persian, Dari, Tajiki) with mentioning of the non-literary varieties (Tehrani, Esfahani, Yazdi, Kabuli, Herati, Hazaragi, Northern Tajik) as well as closely related languages (Tati, Juhuri, Lori etc.)
So, as you can see, I am an ambitious planner. Keep your fingers crossed for me actually achieving at least some of my goals, as that wasn’t the case for many previous ones (equally grandiose).
This entry is a sort of public promise made to ensure that if I fail, I’m not the only person to know about my failure. Hopefully the fear of public embarrasment would make me work harder than I otherwise would.