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tarvos
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 Message 929 of 1511
01 November 2013 at 1:39pm | IP Logged 
Thanks. I remember Loïc Cheveau. His homepage is a bookmark. Very useful for some Breton
listening. Thanks.
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tarvos
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 Message 930 of 1511
03 November 2013 at 9:29pm | IP Logged 
Korean

I've had a lot of free time and worked through the first 10 lessons of TTMIK level 3 -
I can feel my grip on Korean increasing a bit. It'll be necessary, but I'll explain why
in detail in a second - tomorrow will be a huge challenge. To do so, I've been
improving my Korean grammar - which is necessary. I particularly like studying Korean
right now because it is built very differently - it's a new thing to me. I like new
things.

Hebrew

I've been writing a bit in Hebrew on InterPals. I still need a dictionary for a lot of
words, but my problem is more with the vocabulary than with grammar here. Oh god it
really has been too long.

Russian

Today I found out that there are Russians living not far away from me. One contacted me
through Interpals and we met up today and talked in Russian for more than two hours
while walking around town (a neighbouring village to where I live). It was particularly
excellent because I don't have troubles anymore with keeping up a conversation - I can
fully engage and interact, there aren't any communicational barriers, or if there are,
they are not many. People feel quite at ease (and the girl I was talking to was wowed
by my use of slang, which I tend to throw in when speaking Russian - I am terrible at
literary Russian but very good at using all the fillers that Russian has like че),
leading her to say I talk like a Russian. (and not like a foreigner).

That I can talk for 2 hours in Russian socially is not a record (I've done it before)
but it is the first time it's been this fluent and correct. It's the first time not
everything has gone over my head, I had to deal with a southern Russian accent on top
of that, and where I could interact without trouble.

Victory is mine.

Edited by tarvos on 03 November 2013 at 9:31pm

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tarvos
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 Message 931 of 1511
03 November 2013 at 9:38pm | IP Logged 
The Italki Marathon

Tomorrow, I will also engage in a personal experiment. I have booked 4 hours of classes
(5 languages) for tomorrow. This means that I will have to switch, during the day,
sometimes directly, between French, Korean, Hebrew, Romanian and Russian (in that
order). Romanian and Hebrew are half an hour each, the others are an hour.

What I am trying to test is how well I respond to continuous switching, interferences,
and other skills. I won't have time to study some of these languages in more detail
(I'll stay away from Russian class for a while and likely Romanian as well), but it
will test my endurance.

They're almost all from different language families, different types of languages, a
very complex task thus. Let's see if I can maintain a polyglot day tomorrow! Tomorrow
night is band practice so I will be able to relax afterwards.
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 Message 932 of 1511
03 November 2013 at 10:02pm | IP Logged 
This sounds like a fascinating idea! I'm looking forward to your report. Good luck on your polyglot day!
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 Message 933 of 1511
03 November 2013 at 10:18pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:

(...)

That I can talk for 2 hours in Russian socially is not a record (I've done it before)
but it is the first time it's been this fluent and correct. It's the first time not
everything has gone over my head, I had to deal with a southern Russian accent on top
of that, and where I could interact without trouble.

Victory is mine.

That's great news, congrats !

Russian has always fascinated and scared me because I can't wrap my mind around the stress. Maybe it's time I try to tackle it with a 100% audio approach...Are you aware of any good audio only beginner material for Russian (I've read mixed review of MT) ?
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tarvos
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 Message 934 of 1511
03 November 2013 at 10:22pm | IP Logged 
No, and I haven't used it either. Sorry. I used several beginner's materials and it took
me forever to work out something good. I don't really like audio-only anyways - I
actually learned most of my Russian from chatting online.

Edited by tarvos on 03 November 2013 at 10:22pm

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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 935 of 1511
04 November 2013 at 11:11am | IP Logged 
So far, after two lessons: my French was horrible this morning and my Korean was even
worse. Let's hope I do better soon...
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 Message 936 of 1511
04 November 2013 at 2:11pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
Korean

I've had a lot of free time and worked through the first 10 lessons of TTMIK level 3 -
I can feel my grip on Korean increasing a bit. It'll be necessary, but I'll explain why
in detail in a second - tomorrow will be a huge challenge. To do so, I've been
improving my Korean grammar - which is necessary. I particularly like studying Korean
right now because it is built very differently - it's a new thing to me. I like new
things.


I think TTMIK level 3 is my favorite in terms of how and what it teaches. Have fun! But I want to ask - do you often do 3 or more lessons in one day? Do you review them afterwards? My experience was that I forgot the new constructions rather quickly if I didn't review them - and I was studying only 3-5 new lessons per week.


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