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Quique
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 Message 9 of 70
16 December 2012 at 4:58pm | IP Logged 
I've read a new Tintin book: Les Cigares du Pharaon.
While not a masterpiece, this book was actually enjoyable, way better than the previous
ones. I have big expectations for the next one.

I have no expertise on art, but as soon as I saw this drawing



I recognized its inspiration:


The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

As expected, a Google search quickly revealed I was not the
first person
to notice it.


I should mention that I'm reading these books without any dictionary, getting (or not)
the meaning of new words out of context.
I did read all the regular Tintin adventures (ie, excluding au pays des soviets
and l'alph-art) as a kid, but I hardly remember the general plot.
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Quique
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 Message 10 of 70
17 December 2012 at 6:39pm | IP Logged 
I finally decided to move to the TAC 2013 2nd Romance Team (tentatively called PaX).

These are my team mates and their logs:

Darustet - (French)
fezmond - Beginning French (French)
tastyonions - 1,000 hours of French (French)
Anya - Anya’s TAC2013 (French, Spanish, Italian)
Kanewai - (French, Spanish, Ancient Greek)
Kerrie - TAC 2013 Kerrie Team Divan Prieteni Pax (Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Croatian)
LittleBoy - (French, Spanish)
Margh19 - My TAC 2013 (French, Spanish)
sillygoose1 - My Language Journey (French, Italian, Spanish)
Adrean - (French, Italian)
geoffw - Geoffw’s TAC2013 log (French, Italian)
Songlines - The Peaceful Schnitzel (French, Italian)
GRagazzo - Concentrazione (Italian, Spanish)
Flarioca - TAC/2012-German T. + Assimil Exp.: cat (Catalan, Italian)

And Solfrid Cristin is an "associate member".


Although he has not actully joined, I'll also mention
emk - French: Taking it to the next level


Edited by Quique on 18 December 2012 at 10:00am

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Anya
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 Message 11 of 70
17 December 2012 at 10:59pm | IP Logged 
Salut Quique!
J'aime bien ton log! Je vois que tu travaille dur!
Bon courage pour 2013!
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Quique
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 Message 12 of 70
19 December 2012 at 9:28am | IP Logged 
Anya wrote:
Salut Quique!
J'aime bien ton log! Je vois que tu travaille dur!
Bon courage pour 2013!

Merci bien!
So far, the only hard work is the French in Action exercises, which I tend to procrastinate :(


Assimil: Done lessons 22-28. After listening the audio of each lesson about 4 times and reading the translation and notes, I copy its transcription.
I just read this from Flarioca's log, a fellow PaX member:

Flarioca wrote:
Dictation
Beginning at Lesson 30, with dictation from lesson 1, a new dictation each day after the passive lesson of the day, if there is one.

He got the idea from Mariksha, who found it as a suggestion in the Cortina Method.
I'll do lesson 30 tomorrow, so this tip arrived just in the right moment. This cannot be a coincidence: it means I should do it ;-)

Linguaphone: Done lesson 4. For me, Linguaphone is mainly a listening practice and vocabulary acquisition method. I just skim through their copious explanatory notes.

French in Action: I watched lesson 4, but didn't do the exercises yet. I hate doing exercises (I'd never be able to do a FSI course), but I reckon they are useful. I should find a way to make them become a habit...

Tintin: I read Le Lotus Bleu (1936). Wow! Tintin/Hergé has matured. This has nothing to do with the short and dumb scenes of Tintin au Congo. Here the plot is rather complex, and while it has its share of gags, it feels more like a thriller.




It is considered one of the 100 best books of the 20th century, according to a poll conducted in the spring of 1999 by the French retailer Fnac and the Paris newspaper Le Monde.




Warmly recommended!
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tastyonions
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 Message 13 of 70
19 December 2012 at 1:29pm | IP Logged 
You seem to have quite the work ethic.

That Tintin looks neat, and looks pretty close to my level, too. I may get some of those comics. :-)
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emk
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 Message 14 of 70
19 December 2012 at 5:23pm | IP Logged 
tastyonions wrote:
That Tintin looks neat, and looks pretty close to my level, too. I may get some of those comics. :-)


Tintin rocks. It's a real page-turning adventure for my inner 10-year-old, and there are some moments where it goes beyond adventure to sheer wonder.

Quique, thank you for telling us about that giant 1,700 page Tintin book. My wife and I are terribly tempted, and I'm loving the pictures in your log. :-)
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Quique
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 Message 15 of 70
20 December 2012 at 7:07pm | IP Logged 
tastyonions wrote:
You seem to have quite the work ethic.

...until something new and shiny comes by and I get hopelessly sidetracked :/
That's what I want to avoid with this log and the TAC!


emk wrote:
Tintin rocks. It's a real page-turning adventure for my inner 10-year-old, and there are some moments where it goes beyond adventure to sheer wonder.

Quique, thank you for telling us about that giant 1,700 page Tintin book. My wife and I are terribly tempted, and I'm loving the pictures in your log. :-)

The Tintin books (as almost anything else) can be found floating on the net, but for that price I could not resist the temptation. Now I read them lying on my bed, after having a nap or before going to sleep at night.


Assimil: So far, I've been aiming at doing 4 lessons per day (2 from El nuevo francés sin esfuerzo and 2 from French without Toil). I started on November 28th and I just did lesson 30, so I actually did an average of 2.72 lessons/day (1.36 from each book).

From now on, I intend to do just 2 lessons per day (one from each version). Why?
  1. Lessons (particularly in FwT) are becoming increasingly difficult
  2. As I explained yesterday, tomorrow I'll begin taking dictations from the first lesson!
#1 was to be expected sooner or later, and #2 signals the time is now.
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Quique
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 Message 16 of 70
21 December 2012 at 1:10pm | IP Logged 
Assimil: I did lesson 31, and took dictation from lesson 1.
The dictation went fairly well, just made a couple of minor mistakes :-)

Tintin: I read L'oreille cassée.

It's not as extraordinary as Le Lotus Bleu, but it is quite good, and has action, lots of action.









There is this character, Ramón, who is a native Spanish speaker. The way he speaks French shows me the aspects in pronunciation we have problems with and to which I should pay attention.




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