Hey guys. Working on the Inquiry Question was such a big challenge for me. At the beginning part of this inquiry project, I was struggling with my topic and didn't know how to handle it. My first inquiry question was "the brain effects of learning another language"; however after I shared this with other butterfly effecters, I truly realized how I was just too optimistic toward this topic. After that, I started thinking about it more widely, and found a project partner named Haleigh Stricker. Through our discussion, we've got a great idea that improves our topic and strikes a chord with you guys and cites a number of examples from our experience. I think some of you might know already that my partner Haleigh is a language nerd(it's a compliment actually) who is trying to learn more than five languages at one time, and one of them is Japanese which is my first language. This helped us a lot to create a new topic. Overall this project impacts my thinking and decision making: I have definitely learned Success is what happens after I have made all those mistakes. When I'm studying English, I try to be conscious of applying what I learned to real situations not just to input them, especially the technical jargon, such as the word "Asymmetrical." In fact, I used this word to one of my friends to explain how I enjoyed his painting; I barely remember that I used it as a compliment, and his reaction was kind of unique. I was very curious if I had said something wrong or not so I googled it. I found the following definition:
- Asymmetrical – unequal proportioned elements
It was too late when I realized that I mistakenly used a word that has the opposite meaning. However since then, for some reason, I never forget this word and command it well. Considering this fact, so far, I assume it's the best way of memorizing and increasing one's vocabulary. I really hope my investigation, including the fact above, would have critically good impacts on others who are figuring out some ways and tips to improve their learning. If permitted I really would love to continue this research even more widely and deeply.
Thank you for reading.