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QW 052112 “Familiar Boredom and Monotony”

If you’ve practiced playing an instrument or a sport, or dance performance rather seriously, you must be aware of the importance of daily practice. Even though you don’t realize day-by-day progress, you just can’t stop practicing it every day to build up solid skills: You know that’s the only way to make things happen. When reading five different news articles aloud as a daily regimen of “Operation Vowels”, I suddenly remember the time when I practiced playing a piano not at all seriously (sorry, my mom!).

It’s been more than three weeks since this pronunciation project started. Since then, I’ve been working on the same three materials; 1) Israeli Law Ends the Use of Thin Models in Advertisements, 2) U.S. Hospitals Asked to Stop Free Baby Formula Samples, 3) Obama Asked Congress to Approve Tax Plan for Millionaires. Each article consists of approximately 250 words taking me about 2 minutes to read through aloud. It used to be less than 1 minute 30 seconds, so the urgency in my speech seems to be under control.

Practicing the same three articles every day while recording each speech for self-feedback can get boring. For the first week, there were so many discoveries every time I practiced, so I was enthused. For the second week, there were fewer discoveries, but by then, some kind of improvement or progress became noticeable, making me push further. Then, the third week. No more dramatic improvement. No more eye-opening discoveries. I lost the initial intensity, to be honest. Over the weekend, I stayed away from “Operation Vowels” (and even skipped “Quick Write” on Saturday!). The official excuse for the weekend lull is because the previous week was harder than usual with the launch of a new university class in a remote area. The private one could be… I was just tired of doing the same stuff. Part of me knew that I should stick to the same stuff for a bit more, though.

And today. I once again practiced the same three articles plus the other two. During the training, the time when I was engaged in piano practice suddenly came back to me. Oh yes! This kind of boredom is familiar to me. This kind of monotony is nothing new to me. That’s what I would have for piano practice. No matter how boring and monotonous the daily regimen seems, that’s the only way to make things happen. I was so forgetful (as always). Sorry, my pronunciation teacher. Now I also remember you texting me “Consistency is indeed key.” just last Saturday morning. Yes, “consistency” is always the key.

(50 minutes / 433 words)

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