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zecchino1991
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 Message 457 of 1511
07 January 2013 at 1:35am | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
This is my first week of learning Hebrew


Oh! Well then kol hakavod! (good job).
:)
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 Message 458 of 1511
07 January 2013 at 11:43am | IP Logged 
Todah! Today will be spent mostly on thesis stuff and maybe band prac, we'll see whether
I get anything (except Breton) done.

Edited by tarvos on 07 January 2013 at 11:44am

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 Message 459 of 1511
07 January 2013 at 2:20pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
we'll see whether I get anything (except Breton) done.


Does it mean that you'll do some Breton no matter what, or that you won't do any Breton? In any case, I suggest that you do study Breton more!
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 Message 460 of 1511
07 January 2013 at 2:27pm | IP Logged 
I do Breton no matter what. My goal, is, in fact, to go the whole Assimil unbroken and do
some Breton every day until I have finished both waves. So far, I have amassed 66
consecutive days of Breton, started the active wave on time, and managed to sit a
thermodynamics exam while writing a thesis, playing in a band, and chatting in Russian
while reading Swedish novels and going to French classes, as well as celebrate Xmas and
New Year!

Edited by tarvos on 07 January 2013 at 2:29pm

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 Message 461 of 1511
07 January 2013 at 6:31pm | IP Logged 
Your achievements are really impressive. I wished I had so much tenaciousness. There has not been much room for studying languages besides working, travelling to Denmark, practising for my orchestra, celebrating Christmas and New Year, eating, sleeping, and following all the other mundane commitments one has to do, so I'd be happy if I could show such achievements as you.

Well, anywho: Good luck with your studies and your TAC in 2013! See you on Team MIR and Clan Lugus.

Успехов!
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 Message 462 of 1511
08 January 2013 at 12:33am | IP Logged 
Russian Discovery of the Day

So, I have made a discovery of the day. This doesn't concern a really intricate grammar
point or the aspects of the tenses; rather, it's an aspect of colloquial, and slangy
Russian that you might come across when talking to or chatting with Russians both in
real life and on the internet. As you might know, I have spoken Russian quite often,
and I have a select group of friends who I write to and chat with, entirely in
Russian
. You read that right - I am maintaining these friendships through Russian
without using Any English Whatsoever. And yes, I am doing it through
Grammatically Incorrect Russian. But I have spoken to these people for months, I
have been talking to them for over half a year now, entirely in Russian.

But during these chats you come across a lot of new words. I used to have to use a
dictionary to almost translate responses word for word. But over time I got better.
Nowadays I barely need a dictionary, and they praise me on my Russian and they are very
happy to speak to me and help me out! However, some things still remained unclear to
me, and I'll address one in particular. To indicate a sort of future tense in Russian,
you can use Я пойду + infinitive, a common combination is я пойду спать. However,
whenever my friends in Siberia would announce they were going to bed (they are six
hours ahead of me, so they are often up late when I haven't had dinner yet, and they'll
go to bed... or sometimes they will stay up until five and not go to sleep before I
have gone to sleep either...), they would say Я спать. (entirely leaving out the
пойду). Now, you can occasionally leave out the verb to go in the present tense. But I
didn't know you could also do it in the future tense.

So I asked and I said something like сейчас я писать диссертацию. But she said it was
better to add the пойду. So I asked what's the difference? She said in principle there
is no difference. You can leave out пойду when you talk, but not when you write;
however, some people are simply lazy, and leave it out when chatting anyway (it's
colloquial, after all!). So it turns out that this tarzan way of expressing sleep (I
to-sleep?), is actually fairly normal in speech! (I have taken to using it when
appropriate, of course). But it's also telling that you've improved when this sort of
thing is what you notice, and not a new verb conjugation. Or a new grammatical feature.


Everything Else

I have of course managed my daily lesson of Breton, even though...

BR: skuizh on, ha dav eo din mont da gousket, neuze n'm eus ket zesket mat
brezhoneg. Met deskin am eus brezhoneg c'hoaz, hag emichañs e c'hallin dont da soñj da
unan bennak warc'hoazh. Marteze az ain a-benn. N'eo ket gwir, sur eo ha az ain a-benn.
Noz vat!

Edited by tarvos on 08 January 2013 at 1:03am

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 Message 463 of 1511
08 January 2013 at 12:54am | IP Logged 
Interesting! I didn't know that. I need to get some Russian people to talk to!
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 Message 464 of 1511
08 January 2013 at 2:59am | IP Logged 
Sorry I didn't even wish you a happy new year before. I hope this counts ;)
That's very interesting, but of no use for me right now / yet. However, it is floating around in my head now, awaiting the opportunity to integrate into my Russian -- thanks for sharing something you might not be told about that easily!


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