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Arekkusu
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 Message 393 of 407
11 November 2012 at 8:03am | IP Logged 
I've uploaded a second video in the series on Pitch Accent. This one teaches learners how
and where to find pitch info on their own and gives an overview of what a mora is.

Japanese Pitch Accent -- Finding Info and Morae
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 Message 394 of 407
11 November 2012 at 8:55am | IP Logged 
Thanks for taking the time to make these videos, Arekkusu. It's bizarre how little
information there's to be found on the subject. Are you, by chance, aware of any source
that deals with intonation on the sentence level?
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Arekkusu
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 Message 395 of 407
11 November 2012 at 8:41pm | IP Logged 
sans-serif wrote:
Thanks for taking the time to make these videos, Arekkusu. It's bizarre how little
information there's to be found on the subject. Are you, by chance, aware of any source
that deals with intonation on the sentence level?

Sorry, I'm not aware of any such resource.
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Hiiro Yui
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 Message 396 of 407
12 November 2012 at 12:24pm | IP Logged 
Nice. I especially liked how you demonstrated how "watashi" would sound with the pitch drop in different places.
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Arekkusu
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 Message 397 of 407
13 November 2012 at 2:26am | IP Logged 
I just received the kindest words of encouragement from Léandre Bergeron, author of the
Dictionnaire de la langue québécoise,
who called me at home to congratulate me on my book, saying I did an excellent job! I still can't believe it...

If you have no idea who he is, you can see him in this
documentary on the history of Québec French.
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Arekkusu
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 Message 398 of 407
08 December 2012 at 6:00am | IP Logged 
Been a month since the last post.

Book is doing very well, better than I would have expected. Exploring the possibility of
working on another course on Japanese pitch accent. We'll see what comes of it.

Still doing some Japanese, watching some shows, browsing online, some conversations. I
need to find a new partner. One person is considering but may be too busy.

Preparing for my trip to Germany after Christmas. I will be attending the JES Esperanto
week after Christmas and will be giving 2 presentations in Esperanto. After that, I will
be spending a week in Berlin practising German, hoping to meet a few other HTLALers. I
try to write in German on Lang-8, in emails, to watch some TV shows.
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Arekkusu
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 Message 399 of 407
11 December 2012 at 5:29pm | IP Logged 
Lately, I've been toying with the idea of tackling Italian in the new year. I think a few dedicated months would suffice since I have some past background with Italian (2 semesters in Cégep 20 years ago).

I was just listening to this conversation between Luca and Robert and I understood close to everything, so I can't imagine reviving it should be too hard.

I should try to find a coach locally. We'll see if this materializes.
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Arekkusu
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 Message 400 of 407
17 December 2012 at 2:39am | IP Logged 
It's the end of the year, time to re-evaluate my languages and future goals.

Many people have given me all kinds of evaluations over time, many of which were
probably higher than they should have been, in part because fluency tends to be one of
my stronger abilities and fluency can often trick people. I feel the need to re-
evaluate these assessments. Establishing a proper level is difficult; I’ll do my best.

French -- Native. Québec French, to be precise.

English -- C2, near-native. I occasionally do conference interpretation from and into
French and English.

German -- B2. Biggest problem here is atrophied vocabulary. I’ve been working on that
for the last 2-3 weeks and will be spending 2 weeks in Germany over the holidays, so it
should help come closer to C1.

Esperanto -- B1/B2. I started learning Esperanto seriously about a month ago, although
I did maybe two weeks of study a year earlier. I’m not quite B2, but almost. I will be
attending the JES event in a few weeks -- a week-long event, practicing Esperanto all
day long --, and I hope to make it into C1 territory.

Spanish -- B1/B2 orally, maybe C1 comprehension. Used to be C1, got rusty over the
years. Probably my language I use the least, though I’ve been attending a conversation
group lately, but they only meet every 3rd week. I don’t really do any work on Spanish
otherwise.

Japanese -- B2. Based on Cambridge videos showing the various levels of proficiency, my
tutor previously estimated that I was C1, but again, I think fluency might have
influenced her evaluation, and I’m probably B2. Vocabulary is probably the biggest
issue, as well as lack of access to various levels of politeness in the real world.
Most of my contact with native speakers is centered around everyday activities and
conversations, so the scope has been limited. Progress has stagnated in the last
several months because I’ve been without a language partner, and I’ve been
concentrating on German and Esperanto instead (and writing a book over the course of
the summer).

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The next language on the list, although I wouldn't claim to know it, is Italian.
Understanding conversations such as
this one between Luca and Robert
is not really a problem. Active use is another story. I studied Italian 20 years ago
and never used it since. If I can find a proper coach or partner, I might attempt to
bring this up to par during the first few months of 2013.

Edited by Arekkusu on 17 December 2012 at 2:42am



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