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TixhiiDon
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Speaks: English*, Japanese, German, Russian
Studies: Georgian

 
 Message 113 of 431
20 June 2010 at 6:59am | IP Logged 
Mari, ძალიან სანწუხაროა რომ მამაშენია ცუდად. იმედია რომ მალე კარგად იქნება.
Take care and try not to worry too much.
Phil
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TixhiiDon
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 Message 114 of 431
20 June 2010 at 7:05am | IP Logged 
Kidshomestunner, I don't know if you had any miraculous insights for me mate, but if
you did they didn't make it to the message!

I'm no further enlightened about my conundrum. Immediately after the lesson I'm all
"Right, I'm definitely going to get a private teacher!" and then a few hours later I
think "Ah, it's not so bad".

Anyway, I guess this is not so interesting for you all, so I'll try to provide an
update on my progress.

Erm, minimal is probably the word I'm looking for... I went back through a few
chapters of Einfuhrung in der Georgischen Sprache and was pleased to find I understood
everything much better than first time round.

I'm reading Nodar Dumbadze's novel "The Sunny Night" in English at the moment while
waiting for the Georgian version to arrive. It's a great book so I'm very excited to
get started on the Georgian version side by side with the translation. I have high
hopes pinned on this reading project as the next stage of my study. Keep tuned.

Edited by TixhiiDon on 20 June 2010 at 7:05am

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kidshomestunner
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 Message 115 of 431
20 June 2010 at 2:54pm | IP Logged 
LOL! My insight was that as if I had already paid for the course I would stick it out.

I also commented that I tend to 'work' (I.E. Volunteer to get career opportunities) with Japanese people and have a social life with people who aren't Japanese...

I get an immense amount from socialising with Japanese people and I love their company, but I just find in a learning situation and other situation GROUPS of Japanese people are not the best to learn with.

I just tend to keep to the maxim that "If you are going to be involved with two worlds you must keep the two worlds intirely different"

I'm sorry this didn't get through the first time, I have had a nightmare translation through and I had been using 'The Reference Grammar of Japanese' by Martin which, as you probably know requires one's full attention!

Edited by kidshomestunner on 21 June 2010 at 12:09am

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kidshomestunner
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 Message 116 of 431
20 June 2010 at 2:58pm | IP Logged 
I have just edited my former post to help anyone watching it try and achieve 'mu' which 'No westerners and few oreintals understand'. I hope I can enlighten a few people:):):)

Edited by kidshomestunner on 20 June 2010 at 9:13pm

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Hendriklohuis
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Studies: Georgian, Pashto

 
 Message 117 of 431
20 June 2010 at 4:58pm | IP Logged 
Hello everybody,

In the near future I'll post on this board as well. I'm a Dutch student who studies Georgian and Russian as part of my MA in Eastern European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I'm using the books by Abuladze (Lehrbuch der Georgischen Sprache), Aronson's book and Kiziria's book. All three books are excellent, but the book+cd combination of Abuladze is especially good. It can be ordered at amazon.de

There is another forum for language-learners as well; it's Unilang and it has a Georgian board too. I'll post more in the future; still have some exams to finish in the upcoming weeks, after that I'll be more active.

Kind regards,
Hendrik
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TixhiiDon
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 Message 118 of 431
21 June 2010 at 12:24am | IP Logged 
Welcome Hendriklohuis! It's great to have another Georgian learner on the site. Your MA
sounds fantastic - a dream course for me. What kind of level are you at with your
Georgian now?
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TixhiiDon
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 Message 119 of 431
25 June 2010 at 11:48am | IP Logged 
The Georgian version of Sunny Night (მზიანი ღამე) arrived yesterday so I got straight
into the bilingual reading. I'd managed to read through the English version beforehand
so reading the Georgian side-by-side with the English is not too much of a struggle.
Actually, the biggest struggle is trying to stay awake when I read. This has always
been a problem of mine - I read every night in bed before I go to sleep, and always
have for as long as I've been able to read, so I think my brain equates reading with
sleep. Still, I think this is going to be a really enjoyable next step in my study.

Georgian class tomorrow. We had a lot of homework which I got done today. We're
branching out into verbs with indirect objects at the moment, such as "I wrote you a
letter" (წერილი მოგწერე) and "I asked Dato" (დათოს ვჰკითხე). Once again it's all
very straightforward in theory but not quite so easy in practice.

I've decided to stick with the class now, especially since I've just paid up to
September, but I'm certainly not going to ignore other options, and in fact I will be
looking for them actively. There is only one class in August as the school is having a
summer break, so I will need something to fill that time too.

And if any of you are wondering where my old message partner Mari is, unfortunately her
father is sick so she's got far more important things to worry about than chatting to
me in broken Georgian. Hope მარიის მამა gets well soon.
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TixhiiDon
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 Message 120 of 431
26 June 2010 at 12:01pm | IP Logged 
Our Georgian guest came to class today so it was a lot of fun. I don't think she
realized we were beginners as she just kind of chatted away in Georgian, oblivious to
our blank expressions :) I guess I picked up about 10-20% of what she was saying,
which just goes to show that I am desperately in need of conversation practice and
vocabulary. My bilingual reading project will hopefully help with the vocab. Just
don't know what to do about the conversation.

We had a chance to ask her questions, and I came forth with three, which were:
თქვენთვის იაპონული ენა ადვილია? (Is Japanese easy for you?)
თქვენი საყვარელი იაპონელი მწერალი ვინაა? (Who is your favourite Japanese writer?)
and
ნატო მოგწონთ? (Do you like natto?)

These were all asked within the general flow of conversation (well, not so much a flow,
more of a trickle, or maybe a drip), which is why they seem a bit random.

So this week was very enjoyable. I should probably continue with the class AND seek
out a private teacher for conversation practice, I suppose.

ღამე მშვიდობისა!


Edited by TixhiiDon on 26 June 2010 at 12:04pm



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