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The Ideas of TAC 2010 (General Info)

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 Message 25 of 50
03 December 2009 at 4:43am | IP Logged 
I will absolutely participate. I have been searching for ways to keep my motivation high and my attention focused. Having a place where I have to almost explain my studying (or lack thereof) would keep me on track.

Love this idea. Thanks.

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03 December 2009 at 5:56am | IP Logged 
This is just my personal likings.. But i would love to see the teams be a mix of languages. For example:

Say this is Team 1.

Person 1's native language is: Spanish - She or he is studying Finnish and Dutch.
Person 2's native language is: Japanese - She or he is studying English and French.
Person 3's native language is: English - He or she is studying Spanish and Polish
Person 4's native language is: Dutch - He or she is studying Japanese and Romanian

This way everyone's in a group with a nice and colourful mix of languages, and we can all experience how other
people are finding studying different languages to ours. Also in each team there will be a native speaker of
atleast one of the languages that each person will be studying. So you'll have good support from within your

Or perhaps a mixture of this template and another which has already been mentioned. For example: If everyone
is studying a minimum of two languages, then we could make teams such as the "Spanish team", and the
"Norwegian team", where the peoples in those teams have to be studying the team language. And the other
language that they are studying could just be completely random. So you get the best of both worlds. So you'd

The "Norwegian Team"

Person 1's native language is English - Studying Norwegian and Portuguese
Person 2's native language is French - Studying Norwegian and Mandarin
Person 3 and 4... you get the idea.

Of course logistically this may be hard to bring to fruition (the first idea anyway), especially considering that
most people here are native English speakers. But i think teams that somehow loosely resembled those ideas
could be fun and interesting.

Perhaps it would be a good idea, if people could just state in this thread which 2 or more languages they will be
studying next year, then we can compile them all, and see what kind of team organisation options we have

These are only some ideas though. So comment, critique and change them as you will.

Edited by Vos on 03 December 2009 at 5:58am

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 Message 27 of 50
03 December 2009 at 7:47am | IP Logged 
Ok, here's my plan for 2010. If someone wants to sort out some teams, then I'm interested too.

German - move from intermediate to advanced.
Esperanto - beginner up to advanced (planning to do 200hrs, already done 28hrs)
Swedish - I know absolutely nothing right now, but hoping to go to intermediate or basic fluency.

speaking of competitions, perhaps some people could track hourly time and try to get to a certain level first? like my 200 hours of esperanto study, but we could compete. Another one could be a race to 1 million words read, where we have some standard way to estimate per-page word count in the novels we're reading.

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03 December 2009 at 1:51pm | IP Logged 
I am studing several languages but team TAC could be a good oppotunity to make some concentration effort. So my set:

Italian: from intermediate to basic
Japanese: from upper beginner to lower intermediate
German: from upper beginner to lower intermediate

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 Message 30 of 50
03 December 2009 at 4:12pm | IP Logged 
**** I HAVE CREATED THE NEEDED SEPARATE THREAD FOR THE 2010 TEAM TAC *** In the learning language log forum!

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 Message 31 of 50
08 December 2009 at 12:22am | IP Logged 
By the way, if anybody is interested in doing Latin for the TAC, I am offering a comprehensive set of online classes which are guaranteed to bring you up to a level where you can read Roman authors. All of these classes require a commitment of about 3 hours per week (class time plus review / vocab study time), but for ambitious students I can provide extra vocabulary and extra texts.

January 6th to the end of February: Latin 101 class starting from zero and teaching all basic grammar, such as the declensions and the past, present and future tense. We shall meet twice a week for 45 minutes each.

March to June: Latin 201 class with 12 more sessions, likely meeting only once a week as the lessons are more difficult. This completes your knowledge of useful Latin grammar. This course already uses interesting texts about Roman mythology and history as a basis, simplified or summarized from Roman originals.

June to September and beyond: Latin 301 class, which is a round basket of Roman authors. Each session we shall read a non-simplified excerpt by another Roman author, to get a feel for what is out there and how to tackle it. Some more exotic grammar features will be explained, or also things such as poetic rhythm and stylistic devices.

The seamless transition from one course to the next is assured, as I've developed all the learning materials. Also, several students have already gone the whole way. So in June you will be able to start reading Roman authors in the original (with a dictionary obviously). If you'd like to go faster, I may be able to arrange something. Volte holds the record, she did the complete 101 and 201 courses and the first lesson of the 301 course in just 72 hours while visiting me. I'm taking bets on her being a supernatural being ;-)

Edited by Sprachprofi on 08 December 2009 at 9:58am

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I don't understand (grasp?) the sentence TAC Total Annihilation Challenge, annihilation means bringing to zero,

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