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nogoodnik
Senior Member
United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Russian, French

 
 Message 1 of 70
26 August 2009 at 11:41pm | IP Logged 
I've been lurking on this forum under my flatmate's handle for too long and this place is so useful that I thought
I'd get my own account. I had another journal for Hebrew and it really helped my language learning, so I
thought I'd create a space here to store resources and complain about all of the languages I'm working with.

Comments and suggestions are always welcomed and considered! I'm too lazy to list everything right now but
here is a start...

Russian

Goal: Low Intermediate Level

Completed
  • Michel Thomas Russian Beginning and Advanced Courses
  • Pimsleur 1

To Do
  • Pimsleur 2 and 3
  • Princeton Russian Courses 101 and 105
  • Michel Thomas Russian
    Vocabulary Course


Edited by nogoodnik on 11 October 2009 at 8:38pm

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nogoodnik
Senior Member
United States
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372 posts - 461 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Russian, French

 
 Message 2 of 70
27 August 2009 at 6:18am | IP Logged 

Biblical/Classical Hebrew (using Ashkenazi pronunciation and transliteration}

Goal: Ability to read and understand all words in Siddur (Hebrew Prayerbook,) memorizing and
understanding Brachas and Tehillim, ability to understand words in Machzor, Haggada, and other liturgical texts

Completed
  • Years of mumbling Hebrew prayers and not knowing what they mean :>
  • Prayerbook Hebrew the
    Easy Way and Accompanying CDs by Joseph Anderson

To Do
  • The First Hebrew Reader: Guided Selections from the Hebrew Bible and Accompanying CD. I'm
    listening to CD while reading along with the Hebrew and English translations
  • More primary source
    texts...maybe a book of psalms with some accompanying audio...will update later

Modern Hebrew

Goal: Near Native Fluency

Completed
  • Too much stuff to list now...will touch on this later

To Do
  • Daily conversations with friends in Hebrew as I impatiently wait for the release of Pimsleur Hebrew
    3
  • I'm seriously in need of ideas here...I'm at that uncomfortable stage of surpassing beginning textbooks
    but not advanced enough to gain full benefit from native materials


Off to do a Pimsleur Russian lesson before bed...
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nogoodnik
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Russian, French

 
 Message 3 of 70
27 August 2009 at 7:58pm | IP Logged 
Goals for the rest of 2009

Modern Hebrew

1. Find an intermediate text
2. Complete 1000 word flash card set (I know some of these words already so it is not as hard as it seems.)
3. Pimsleur 3 if it comes out in time.
4. Beginning to use native materials.

Russian

1. 3/4 of the way through first Princeton Russian Course
2. Pimsleur 2 and 3
3. Michel Thomas Vocab Course

Biblical/Prayer book Hebrew

1. Finish First Hebrew Reader
2. Memorize and be able to translate Birchat Hamatzon

Yiddish, Spanish, and everything else:

nada and gornisht, respectively...

Aug 27

Have not yet begun studying today even though I've made all these lofty goals!! Today the plan is to work on the
Hebrew Reader and do a few Pimsleur Russian lessons.
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nogoodnik
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Russian, French

 
 Message 4 of 70
28 August 2009 at 10:55pm | IP Logged 

I just read an article about Google launching Yiddish in its list of translation services. I must say that after trying it
out I'm not impressed with the accuracy. I am told that the program has the ability to "learn" and will improve with
time.

http://www.translate.google.com/

I'm keeping up a steady diet of Pimsleur lessons...nothing else worth reporting at this point.
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nogoodnik
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United States
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372 posts - 461 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Russian, French

 
 Message 5 of 70
30 August 2009 at 11:16pm | IP Logged 
more Pimsleur Russian has been completed...

In the meantime, I told an Argentine friend that I'm learning Spanish and now he is only sending me letters in that
language. Maybe I will begin to study here and there, but I've got too much else on my plate to make any more
commitments. O.K. so now I'm off to Brighton Beach to walk on the boardwalk and listen to all of the Russian
speakers. I've loaded more Russian Pimsleur lessons on my ipod so I can talk to myself while walking and make
everybody think I'm crazy.
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nogoodnik
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United States
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372 posts - 461 votes 
Speaks: English*
Studies: Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Russian, French

 
 Message 6 of 70
07 September 2009 at 9:50pm | IP Logged 
Haven't really been writing because I've just been doing Pimsleur Russian lessons. Although Pimsleur is really slow
I feel my Russian is improving. I must say that I've needed to repeat lessons several times occasionally.

I've been using Anki to begin entering Hebrew vocabulary.



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J-Learner
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Australia
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Studies: Yiddish, English*
Studies: Dutch

 
 Message 7 of 70
10 September 2009 at 6:23am | IP Logged 
So, you're learning Yiddish? I've been learning it part time for a short while now.

If you want to contact me send me a message through the forum and we can perhaps discuss the language and maybe one day even speak in it! :)
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nogoodnik
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Russian, French

 
 Message 8 of 70
12 September 2009 at 12:45am | IP Logged 
J-Learner: I certainly will, thanks! I've been reading your journal as well!! I studied Yiddish for a year a few years
ago and I have Yiddish speaking relatives , but the language is on hold until I finish Russian Pimsleur and assimilate
a bunch of Hebrew flashcards...
My Yiddish plan is to pick up some local newspapers and start reading them and looking up unfamiliar words.

So just wanted to drop in and say that I've really been focusing on Hebrew the past few days...having tons of
conversations with random strangers and I'm starting to feel less shy about speaking, which is essential! I tend to
be very shy about speaking so this is a milestone for me. My plan for the next day or so is to review and assimilate
as many new Hebrew words as possible!





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