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sctroyenne
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 Message 257 of 336
09 May 2014 at 11:00pm | IP Logged 
sctroyenne wrote:

In other news, the week long Irish immersion program was cancelled. I'm pretty
disappointed but now I'm seriously considering using my saved up PTO and money to go to
Guatemala for a couple weeks. I looked and October seems to be a good time for airfare.
I'll be deciding on that soon (if anyone has any input to offer that would be welcome).


Hm, now also considering Nicaragua...
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James29
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 Message 258 of 336
10 May 2014 at 9:22pm | IP Logged 
Where are you thinking of going in Nicaragua? I think October would be a pretty wet time to go there. They get much more rain in that month than any other.
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sctroyenne
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 Message 259 of 336
12 May 2014 at 7:40am | IP Logged 
James29 wrote:
Where are you thinking of going in Nicaragua? I think October would be a pretty wet time to go there. They get much more rain in that month than any other.


Ah, that must be why airfare is cheaper. I saw October cited as the end of the rainy season but was hoping that would mean it's lighter. Are we talking downpours?

I'd be sticking to major tourist routes: Granada, Léon, Ometepe. In Guatemala I'd be going to Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and/or maybe Copán, Honduras. I keep hearing that Guatemala is fine along the major tourist routes yet others say it was the most dangerous place in the world that they've visited. So I'm still thinking that one over.
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 Message 260 of 336
13 May 2014 at 5:04pm | IP Logged 
So I'm finally making progress in GGS2. While driving home from the study group I let
the CD run past the first unit while stuck in traffic. I noticed that many little
"bits" get used quite a bit, such as Caithfidh méa rá (I'd have to say) and
réitím go maith leo (I get on well with him), and the verb aithne (to
know a person) is worked a lot. I went through the coneversations and took down all the
little "chunks" of essential bits which has helped a lot. I should be able to make
quick work of the 2nd unit next.

My approach seems to be working well. The ones "married" to the book and grammar seem
to have more trouble whereas for me, working a lot on the conversations and watching
Aifric makes what little bits I have flow easier.

Since the Irish immersion week is off, that's no longer a proficiency target for me.
But Benny (Irishpolyglot) will be swinging through on his book tour so I can make that
my target - try to have a half-decent conversation in Irish with him.
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 Message 261 of 336
13 May 2014 at 8:36pm | IP Logged 
Looking forward to it ;)
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 Message 262 of 336
14 May 2014 at 1:01am | IP Logged 
<hijack alert>
I think I'll miss the formal book tour in Germany, but you'll participate in the Gathering, right, Benny? Tá mé ag súil go mór leis!
</hijack>
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 Message 263 of 336
14 May 2014 at 5:28pm | IP Logged 
jeff_lindqvist wrote:
<hijack alert>
I think I'll miss the formal book tour in Germany, but you'll participate in the
Gathering, right, Benny? Tá mé ag súil go mór leis!
</hijack>


You may need to "summon" him - I doubt little 'ol me is important enough to follow on a
regular basis ;)
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 Message 264 of 336
15 May 2014 at 8:37pm | IP Logged 
I went ahead and bit the bullet and signed up for the Super Challenge. I've already been
reading and watching TV series so I might as well tally it. I'm pretty confident that I
can complete a full SC in French but I also signed up for Irish and Spanish as I ought to
be able to complete a half one in one or both of them. Even if I don't make it, if it
encourages me to make the choice to watch something in Irish/Spanish or pick up a book it
will serve its purpose.

Here's my participant page:
SC


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