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zecchino1991
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 Message 697 of 1511
08 May 2013 at 5:04pm | IP Logged 
3 in the masculine form is שלושה.

How long are the lessons?
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tarvos
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 Message 698 of 1511
08 May 2013 at 8:21pm | IP Logged 
They differ, but it can be anywhere from one page to 5 or 6. About the length of an
Assimil lesson, with more grammar exercises and no bilingual translations to aid the poor
sod who has taken it upon him to learn these words.

I keep screwing up masc/feminine numbers, that will take some effort. I guess I will have
to do it in the review lesson :)
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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 699 of 1511
09 May 2013 at 7:51am | IP Logged 
Wow, you really are active, and making fantastic progress in both Romanian and Hebrew. Great!
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tarvos
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 Message 700 of 1511
09 May 2013 at 9:03am | IP Logged 
Hahaha, tack. Vi saknar dig här på HTLAL!
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tarvos
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 Message 701 of 1511
12 May 2013 at 1:17pm | IP Logged 
Due to more fun things than language learning (<333), I have only taken mild advantage of
Ascension Day and the free Friday that followed.

But I have managed:

- completed the review exercises for Unit 4 of the Routledge. 35 more units to go.
- Read about 200 pages of Spieltrieb, and was pleasantly amused at the Dream Theater
namedrop
- Studied two more lessons of Le Roumain
- written messages in Russian and French
- done Romanian and Icelandic Anki review.
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tarvos
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 Message 702 of 1511
15 May 2013 at 8:38am | IP Logged 
My activity seems to have dropped a little. (And no, I am not displeased about that; I have perfectly good reasons to cut down on language learning a bit).

But I have completed an hour of spoken Hebrew (mixed in with a little English). I've also completed lesson 48-50 of le Roumain, and that means I have passed a milestone; my Romanian has moved into the active wave now. I've also completed until lesson 21 of l'Hébreu, and spent some time on Russian.

But today I would like to remind myself of why I find English so much fun even after all these years. English is by any and all standards the first foreign language I ever learned, it's the one I know the best, the one which I could speak should the world close in on itself, explode, and leave nothing but dust, volcanoes and ash strewn like black pockmarks all over a barren world. The reason is that most of my entertainment, most of my life, most of my love, my brain, my everything has been, is, and will be channelled through English. Almost all of my music that I've ever loved is Anglophone. All the video games. All the books. Dinosaurs, fiction, everything. Romance. Love. Even after 20 years of proficiency in the English language (yes, I went to a Canadian kindergarten and I have been able to read English from the same age as I was able to read Dutch), this language is still fun and important.

"This is the only kind of love as I understand it that there really is".

"I give you thanks for receiving, it's my privilege".

And I recommend everyone who asks themselves "how can I get better at any foreign language" to do the following; don't give yourself a choice. I have never had one. There was no question of "you should learn English for your job" or "you want to listen to English music". You are putting the horse before the cart. I never wanted to learn English explicitly, I just did.

And even though I now know more languages (and was introduced to French quite early), English is still the biggest success story of my life.
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 Message 703 of 1511
16 May 2013 at 3:38pm | IP Logged 
Românește

Am ajuns la doilea val din Assimil, și sunt foarte fericit. Am făcut plini de conversație
cu prietenă din Transilvania, care mai vorbește Germană, ingleză și ungurește. Atunci
sunt content cu nivea mea in acest moment, dar o să vedem cum să fie nivea mea în futur.

עברית

גם למדתי עברית.
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tarvos
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 Message 704 of 1511
21 May 2013 at 12:08am | IP Logged 
Owing to a pressing need to attend to my personal life (read: I spent time with my
girlfriend), not much study was completed, not even today on Whitsun, because of band
practice and me being home late. However, I have been using the tram rides to get
through regular Anki Reviews (100 cards or so are perfect for 15-minute rides!)
However, since Wednesday, I have completed the following:

- One lesson of L'Hébreu sans Peine (I am now at lesson 27 I think)
- Two lessons of the Routledge Course (I have completed up until lesson 57, unit 5)
- the entirety of Unit 2 of Colloquial Icelandic
- a lot of lessons of le Roumain sans peine, lesson 54 active wave/5 passive wave being
completed today.

But I went to the Rotterdam zoo yesterday with my girlfriend, and I stumbled upon a hut
in the aviary of Blijdorp Zoo (so my guess is that this will please Iversen to no end),
there is an overview of trekking routes of Siberian birds in Russian. The below picture
indicates the species and routes of migratory birds in Russian (there isn't actually
any Dutch translation). Furthermore, within that hut, all the signs for observable
birds are indicated in Cyrillic (for Russian of course) with Dutch subtitles. In the
rest of the zoo, English explanations exist side-by-side with the Dutch, and names are
also translated into Latin and German for the reader's convenience, but this
constitutes a major exception. I took a picture of the main affiche for all to see.



Also, on Tuesday I visited the Aquarium called Sea Life in Scheveningen (the beach area
of the Hague) and there all explanations were viewable in Dutch, English and German
(traditionally a Dutch person's best language, with the exception of Frisians).

Furthermore, I have found out that not all Frisians are thát bilingual when they speak
Dutch, and also that not all native Frisians speak Frisian, but a Dutch dialect
influenced by the Frisian. (Source: Frisians). In Harlingen (a seaside coastal town in
Frisia), the Harlingers that is spoken is (in the venerable Dutch tradition) a local
dialect. Whereas in Brabant and Limbourg the influences vary to differing extents
(Limbourg for example has a strong German substratum and influence, and Brabantian
dialects seamlessly transition into Belgian Brabantian dialects), this dialect is
influenced by the Frisian.

They also have the situation described earlier where Harlingers is used with family and
inside town people, but a watered down version (Standard Dutch with some modified
vocabulary and the local accent) is spoken to outsiders (i.e. me). You can tell a
Frisian accent a mile away, though. One telltale sign that you are dealing with a
typical Frisian in Dutch is that their l is always hard like in Russian. A regular
Dutch L is softer. (There are some other telltale giveaways, but it depends on the
speaker; is the speaker a native speaker of Frisian, or did they grow up speaking
Dutch? Which part of Frisia are they from? etc. etc.)




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