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 Message 945 of 1511
12 November 2013 at 11:35am | IP Logged 
Not so much news, but I am still working hard on my thesis, and I have managed to finish
a French novel (namely Amélie Nothomb's Attentat), which was short, interesting and 140
pages so did not take me loads of time to finish.
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 Message 946 of 1511
13 November 2013 at 6:33pm | IP Logged 
Well, the report part of the thesis is now done, so I can "ta det lugnt" while I
prepare my presentation starting tomorrow. I've thus used the free afternoon tonight to
listen to some Romanian radio - I can get the gist of what they're saying, no problem,
but I can't listen to it if I am not entirely 100% focused - if I don't focus it
becomes background noise. However you can download the podcasts from Radio România so I
can listen to them anytime I want, which is an excellent way to train my Romanian
listening since I don't need a transcript to understand the gist (only to fill in
details), and I desperately need some Romanian input because it is a language that is
on the "B2 list".

As for travelling, Germany might still be on the cards for 2013 for a few days - back
to Munich. That will be good to reinforce my German a little bit. Not that I can't
speak that - I've done it before - but German is something I can always use practice in
since it's a language I use, like. never.

I've also gone back through TTMIK level 1 and put in the verbs from that level that I
didn't remember - some odd nuggets like "to admit" and "to agree". I've forgotten them
again, but this is Korean. Vocab doesn't seem to want to stick.
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 Message 947 of 1511
13 November 2013 at 6:49pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
[...]I've also gone back through TTMIK level 1 and put in the verbs from that level that I didn't remember - some odd nuggets like "to admit" and "to agree". I've forgotten them again, but this is Korean. Vocab doesn't seem to want to stick.


I had similar problems when I was studying Latvian and Lithuanian. Retaining new vocabulary wasn't happening to my satisfaction even though I was studying them seriously for a few months. Nevertheless it's possible that the problem was also related to those languages having to compete for my attention with others in my rotation.
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 Message 948 of 1511
13 November 2013 at 7:48pm | IP Logged 
I retain quite a bit, so I won't kill myself over not remembering some verbs I haven't
seen in a while. But it is true that Korean is competing for attention from other
languages which take up time with extensive activities, of which Russian is the best
example (but Romanian has been coming back in recently and French is always present.)
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 Message 949 of 1511
13 November 2013 at 8:10pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
I've also gone back through TTMIK level 1 and put in the verbs from that level that I didn't remember - some odd nuggets like "to admit" and "to agree". I've forgotten them again, but this is Korean. Vocab doesn't seem to want to stick.


I never understood why they chose those words for a level 1 lesson when there are so many more often used 하다 verbs like 전화하다, 시작하다, 그만하다, 조심하다, 설명하다 etc. But anyway, good luck with the vocabulary, it's quite difficult in the beginning.
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 Message 950 of 1511
13 November 2013 at 9:12pm | IP Logged 
Well - to agree is a pretty useful word. "I agree" is something you say often in every
language. To admit maybe not.

I just spent an hour teaching English to a Russian, but this is the woman who doesn't
speak a lot of English. Thus I take very simple texts, dumbed down, and I work with her
on translating them and pronouncing them, explaining meanings in English where she
understands and in Russian when she doesn't. It teaches me a bit of Russian in the
process, but I usually know all of the words myself in Russian, which is good. There is
sometimes an odd bit of vocabulary though; today "miner" and "flood" came up, not words
I use every day in Russian (although I knew that the word for mine was шахта, so шахтер
was not a stretch).

I still don't know how I manage to teach her anything, but she is clearly making some
progress, so what the hell. If not, it's a good experience - and I get some bonus
Russian in the process.

Edited by tarvos on 13 November 2013 at 9:16pm

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 Message 951 of 1511
14 November 2013 at 2:29am | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
I still don't know how I manage to teach her anything, but she is clearly making some
progress, so what the hell.

What about some helping textbooks? I assume you need Russian ones. Look at Джина - Английский для наших, it may help a bit with vocabulary and explanations.
If her level is higher, take more serious books.
I just don't think that it'll be good if she won't speak English as an outcome :)
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 Message 952 of 1511
14 November 2013 at 7:20am | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
Well - to agree is a pretty useful word. "I agree" is something you say often in every language. To admit maybe not.


Actually I have heard the word for 'admit' a couple of times in dramas but I've never heard that word for 'agree'. When Koreans want to say "I agree" the most common expression is "네, 맞아요." You must have heard Kyeong-eun say this many times in the TTMIK podcasts. You can also use some forms of 그렇다 - like 그렇죠, 그래(요), 그럼요. Actually TTMIK has a whole lesson on how to say "I agree" in Korean where they mention 15 different expressions, and this verb from level 1 is not included in any of those sentences.


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