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tarvos
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 Message 953 of 1511
14 November 2013 at 9:48am | IP Logged 
Via Diva wrote:
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 :)


I think she takes classes besides me at an English school for that, and her teachers
advised her to speak more English - and that's where I come in, because I am not a
professional teacher. What I've been doing is working with simple texts from real life,
outside textbooks, and get her to speak on those topics, trying to get her to say
sentences on this, helping her with the pronunciation and so on. The problem is that I
can't say a lot without her looking like she's lost the plot, so often I have to say
something first in English, then translate it into Russian afterwards so she knows
exactly what I said (and I always repeat my phrases a few times). I give grammatical
examples (when they occur in the text) in English and often explain something in
Russian besides that (which is also why she turned to me in the first place - because I
have posted that I have some Russian on my profile and I am capable of aiding in this
regard, although they should probably not let me go into the details once she gets
better - but that is when I would start speaking 100% English anyways).

It certainly is a challenge, though.

Edited by tarvos on 14 November 2013 at 9:49am

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 Message 954 of 1511
14 November 2013 at 11:18pm | IP Logged 
This morning started well but went downhill during the day. I know the end is near but I
would like to not implode before I get there just yet. Going crazy can wait till I'm 80.

I got some Korean done. Yay.
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 Message 955 of 1511
15 November 2013 at 2:19pm | 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'm making the same experience with Japanese. I think the problem is that the vocabulary is in no way related to IE vocabulary (except English loanwords, of course). Plus, Japanese syllable structure makes everything sound the same. There are no "catchy" consonant clusters like in Russian or German. I imagine the situation in Korean might be similar.

Other than that, hang in there! I can't find much time for my languages either, although I'd really like to work on my Gaelic right now. And, yes, final exams provide quite a special degree of stress. Keep going!

Edited by Josquin on 15 November 2013 at 2:26pm

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 Message 956 of 1511
15 November 2013 at 6:08pm | IP Logged 
Ain't no exam but a presentation (and I've already passed basically, I can only fail if
my presentation is horrible and I mess everything up - but that won't really happen.)

Yesterday was just one of those hateful "nothing is going my way days".

I don't know, some vocabulary is sticking (mostly stuff that gets repeated a lot), but
not enough - I think it's to do with not reading enough. I've decided that Korean
lessons are every week so I'm going to be doing Korean 1 hour per week (tutoring
online) via Italki.

French is 1h every 2 weeks, and I also have some Romanian plans but how often I don't
yet
know, probably also once every 2 weeks.

Edited by tarvos on 15 November 2013 at 6:08pm

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 Message 957 of 1511
15 November 2013 at 8:46pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
Ain't no exam but a presentation (and I've already passed basically, I can only fail if my presentation is horrible and I mess everything up - but that won't really happen.)

My bad. Anyway, best of luck!

I have to deliver a presentation in December, so I know the feeling (although there is no degree depending on the outcome of my presentation).

Edited by Josquin on 15 November 2013 at 8:49pm

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 Message 958 of 1511
15 November 2013 at 10:45pm | IP Logged 
They don't let you present if your work isn't good enough to pass anyways. It's pretty
much "formalities" at this point, but you can't have a terrible presentation of course.
But I've already put it together, I just need a bunch of trial runs over the weekend and
then Monday I'll do the presentation, get my final grades, chalk up another notch in the
achievement list and forget about university forever :)

Edited by tarvos on 15 November 2013 at 10:46pm

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 Message 959 of 1511
18 November 2013 at 4:35pm | IP Logged 
That is that part of life done and over with. I still have some things to do (make a
poster, attend the ceremony) but within 2 weeks I will officially be MSc (and I already
have completed all of my grades and subjects).

I am now an alumnus. Back to more languages it is! The end of this year will see a nice
spurt. I am hurtling ahead in Korean well with my structures, but speech is something I
still need to work on.

I will also practice some German in December because I am travelling to Munich, and
French and Romanian will get a look-in. I am planning to stop French in the new year for
the time being.

Edited by tarvos on 18 November 2013 at 4:36pm

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 Message 960 of 1511
18 November 2013 at 5:08pm | IP Logged 


Congrats Tarvos! What an awesome accomplishment. :-)


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