Kayce Basques


Sabbatical Update (Week 3)

June 25, 2021

Summary: (18 June 2021 to 24 June 2021) Learning Portuguese, and finishing Trickster Makes This World.

My focus for week 3 was learning Portuguese. My partner is from Brazil and I've been down here for about 2 months and her family doesn't speak much English. My main strategy was to speak Portuguese for the entire week with her. That didn't work out too well. We simply got lazy and didn't want to labor through Portuguese in order to communicate routine things, like what to eat. I also had a book of short stories designed for beginners. I worked through 6 or 7 of those stories (out of 21 total) but didn't make as much progress as I had expected. I think I can make more progress next time by setting up more specific goals and thinking through all the different strategies at my disposal (Duolingo, watching Brazilian TV, and so on). Also, although I don't like schedules, I think they truly are key for making progress. E.g. setting aside 3 hours every day for X.

I also finished Trickster Makes This World. It got a bit too philosophical at times but I really loved the ideas about trickster being a key agent of change for societies. Plus, I simply love mischief, so tricksters are right up my alley. Now I'm reading Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray.

Next week I will be working on various things related to my investments and macroeconomics.