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Do you use Lang-8 regularly?

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cathrynm
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 Message 9 of 30
08 December 2012 at 6:48pm | IP Logged 
Now that the JLPT is past, I'd like to get back on lang-8. I have done quite a bit of lang-8 in Finnish and Japanese. In Finnish really struggling with each sentence using a dictionary. Sometimes I was understood, but often it was just incomprehensible.   For Japanese the site is amazing and they correct within minutes -- the Finnish got corrected mostly, eventually, but it sometimes took a few days.

One thing about Finnish is that when I tried writing I found all these things I wanted to say, but really I had zero clue how to, that I couldn't always puzzle this out from dictionaries and textbooks. Sometimes really simple stuff like 'I put on my pants' type things.

I don't think I ever developed natural sounding writing in either language. I had a stiffness that I never quite was able to get rid of. It was exhausting and eventually I started repeating myself and ran out of things to say. Maybe now that I've been away for a bit, my brain is filled with more random things to ramble about.
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 Message 10 of 30
08 December 2012 at 10:51pm | IP Logged 
Well, I used to get corrections from a Finnish friend and it was very useful. But then she had no time for that, and I improved a lot by simply reading. Even one single book - LOTR - was immensely useful, and then I just kept reading and improving:)

I have an account but I can't be bothered to post much. Most small things can simply be googled, most "big things" (syntax, idiomatics) require reading...
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Sterogyl
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 Message 11 of 30
11 December 2012 at 8:39am | IP Logged 
I think that Lang-8 itself is a wonderful idea and can be tremendously helpful. But I don't use it anymore (I hardly did... I have 5 entries or so). The problem is that a) I usually have not the faintest idea what to write, and b) when I wrote something, I would translate newspaper articles or small passages from books, with the result that about the half of my entries remained uncorrected. I'm not good at writing about myself or at keeping my own diary or something like that.
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Sprachprofi
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 Message 12 of 30
11 December 2012 at 10:25am | IP Logged 
If you don't know what to write about, pick a random topic from this huge list:
http://temp.learnlangs.com/resources/topics

Topic for today: what is your favourite object?
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Sterogyl
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 Message 13 of 30
11 December 2012 at 10:58am | IP Logged 
Wow, that's quite a list! :-)
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 Message 14 of 30
11 December 2012 at 8:11pm | IP Logged 
I've used in in the previous months for French and Norwegian. It works pretty well for French, I even friended people who will help me whenever is necessary. OTOH, people started correcting my style and register, which is not a bad thing but can be annoying at times when you just want to get subjunctive right.

As for Norwegian, my last post is awaiting for correction for over a month. So, I basically plan to limit lang-8 to very common, overlearned languages.
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hrhenry
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 Message 15 of 30
11 December 2012 at 8:18pm | IP Logged 
Expugnator wrote:

As for Norwegian, my last post is awaiting for correction for over a month. So, I
basically plan to limit lang-8 to very common, overlearned languages.

That's unfortunate. Back when I was using lang-8 for Norwegian, I'd get corrections
usually within an hour of posting my text. The corrections almost always came from the
same two Norwegians and the were always very helpful.

A shame if they've moved on. They made my lang-8 experience really enjoyable.

R.
==
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Rout
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 Message 16 of 30
13 December 2012 at 6:40am | IP Logged 
Sprachprofi wrote:
If you don't know what to write about, pick a random topic from this huge list:
http://temp.learnlangs.com/resources/topics

Topic for today: what is your favourite object?


Wow, thanks Judith. Believe it or not, if you write on one subject a day, you'll finish this list in about 10 months.


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