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lorinth
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Speaks: French*, English, Spanish, Latin
Studies: Mandarin, Finnish

 
 Message 73 of 408
27 May 2013 at 9:24am | IP Logged 
ZH

After having read about that program in one of emk's posts, I installed freetuxtv and
proceded to add lots of Chinese tv streams. Now, truth be told, I very seldom watch tv
at all, so that may turn up to be yet another interesting piece of software I installed
and never use.

Continued reading 余华 's 我没有自己的名字.

Continued working on the ChinesePod lesson about 浮在黄浦江的死猪。

Vocabulary: HSK5, frequent characters and random vocabulary. However I had no time to
review my HSK4 vocab with Skritter. As the day of the test is approaching fast,
whenever I have no time, I should stop reviewing my other lists rather than
that one.

LA

Continued reading Regulus.
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lorinth
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 Message 74 of 408
28 May 2013 at 11:24am | IP Logged 
ES

He leído un artículo a propósito de un asesino que vivía en Valladolid en el siglo XVI.
El llamado Proaza quiere ser médico y se entrega a los artes de la anatomía y de la
disección. Un día desaparece un muchacho de la ciudad. Pronto se rumorea que el
brillante joven médico podría ser el culpable. En la vivienda de Proaza se descubre una
verdadera carnicería, cadáveres de gatos, trozos de perros diseccionados. También hay
los restos del niño desaparecido. Bajo la tortura Proaza confiesa que debe sus
conocimientos maravillosos sobre la anatomía a un pacto concluído con el diablo: éste
le ha ofrecido un sillón mágico que le permite entrar en comunicación con el demonio.
El asesino muere ajusticiado, pero los que se atreven a sentarse en el sillón maléfico
también mueren. Así que se decide colgar el sillón, boca abajo, del techo de una
capilla.

ZH

Finished 我没有自己的名字。It's 余华 at its harshest. It seems that his world is primarily
inhabited by lonely fools tyrannized by a bunch of sadists.

Started reading another short story: 下午茶 by 裘山山.

Listened/read 新汉语水平考试 - 四级 - 模拟式题集, no 6.

Continued working a bit with the 黄浦江的死猪 podcast.

Vocabulary: HSK4 and HSK5 (review only), characters (review + 2 new characters), random
vocabulary (review + 20-30 new words).

LA & FI

Reviewed vocab queues in LWT.
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lorinth
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 Message 75 of 408
29 May 2013 at 9:04am | IP Logged 
ZH

I've had a lot of work until very late for my real-life job lately. So I've just had the
time to do the bare minimum, as far as languages are concerned: concentrate on Mandarin
vocabulary reviews (HSK4, HSK5, characters, collected vocabulary). That said, I've taken
the time to go on reading a few paragraphs of 裘山山's 下午茶 and ...

LA

... also a few lines of Regulus, which, in fact, is proving harder than I thought.
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lorinth
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 Message 76 of 408
30 May 2013 at 8:50am | IP Logged 
ZH

Read an article saying that
俄外长:欧盟向叙反对派供武器决定违反国际 法。
According to the Russian foreign affairs minister, the decision taken by EU to
supply weapons to the Syrian opposition is a violation of international law
.
(which, BTW, is a very bizarre way of distorting the facts).

The article

Read some more of 下午茶. A psychological, inward-looking short story. That's a welcome
change after 余华。

Did the usual vocabulary chores: HSK4, HSK5, characters, random words.

While walking home, listened some more to the podcast about 浮在黄浦江的死猪。

FI

As I like to read articles on the same news in different languages, I also visited
selkouutiset and read a short text saying that "EU:n asevientikielto Syyriaan päättyy
perjantaina" (the EU arms embargo on Syria will end on Friday).

LA

Just looked up some vocab I had underlined while reading "Regulus" in the past few
days.
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lorinth
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 Message 77 of 408
31 May 2013 at 9:09am | IP Logged 
ZH

In principle, I agree that it could be useful to listen to your TL while working or
attending to other daily chores: tune in to some radio in the morning and just let it
play, even if you're only listening distractedly or not at all. After all, who knows?
Your brain might be processing at least some of that input.

In practice, I've found that I'm mostly unable to concentrate on my work while the
radio is playing. Too bad. Maybe that's a skill that can be trained.

Anyway, yesterday was an exception, I had some dumb work to do, so I listened to Radio
Taiwan International and some Shanghai radio station for several hours. I didn't
understand much - I wasn't paying much attention either. So I listened to a new
ChinesePod lesson (about a broken washing machine, of all things), which was probably
more useful. But I like to listen to the radio, from time to time, half expecting the
"aha" moment.

I also reviewed my vocab and read a few paragraphs of 下午茶 and that's all.
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lorinth
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 Message 78 of 408
04 June 2013 at 10:28am | IP Logged 
ZH

Did the 听力 part of an HSK4 mock test and succeeded in a 还可以-ish way (36 points out
of 45).

For 2 days, I've been away from my computer. Yet, in spite of other pressing
obligations, I somehow managed to review HSK5 and random vocabulary on my phone, but of
course not the HSK4 part, because I use Skritter and, contrary to what I've written a
few weeks ago, I'm unable to use Skritter on my Android phone, which is a shame. So,
when I could finally log in to the Skritter site today, I discovered that my backlog
was bursting at the seams (217 reviews to go).

Finished reading 裘山山's very touching short story called 《下午茶》. How strange that
fiction should sometimes resonate so deeply because of events and emotions you're
experiencing in your own life.

Linguistically speaking, allowing for the fact that I was reading inside the cosy
environment of Pleco reader, the text was not too hard. The kind of problems I had were
interesting, though: in a sentence like 田湄心里并没有出现想象中的期待和兴奋,反 而很不安。(田湄 is
the main character), I knew all the words but the meaning of the passage somehow
resisted due to the abstract nature of the vocabulary the author uses - quite a
difference with the way Yu Hua, for instance, writes.

Listened to the ChinesePod podcast about the broken washing machine.

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lorinth
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 Message 79 of 408
05 June 2013 at 9:37am | IP Logged 
ZH

Read two articles. First, a somewhat silly one about the premature demise of the
"longest word of the German language", i.e.
Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsg esetz.

这一单词被摒弃因为欧盟终于止对牛肉的严格 检测。

Of course it begs the question of what a word actually is. A written unit? A semantic
unit? A syntactic unit? And what is a word in isolating languages? In polysynthetic
languages? Linguists cunningly got rid of that debate by inventing the morphemes and
deciding to no longer use the w-word.

By the way, the Chinese version, i.e. “牛肉标签监管责任委托法” is a mouthful too. It could
be said to consist of 6 words, or 11 characters, or anywhere from 20 to 30 components,
or 92 strokes. Or maybe it's just a single word too.

After that, I read another, longer, article explaining how 拉脱维亚快要加入欧元区了。
(Latvia is about to become a member of the €urozone).

--

I've started a very interesting short story by 西西 called 《像我这样的一个女子》。 The
sentences are sometimes long and hard to follow (for me) but the mere fact that I can
find my way out of these passages and grasp their meaning is very encouraging.

--

Did the 听力 part of another HSK4 mock test and fared slightly better than yesterday
(37 points out of 45).

Listened to/read the 听力 part of yet another HSK4 mock test.

--

Vocabulary: HSK4 and HSK5 (review only), characters (review + 2 new characters),
random vocabulary (review + 20-30 new words).


FI & LA

Reviewed the vocab queue in LWT.
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lorinth
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Studies: Mandarin, Finnish

 
 Message 80 of 408
05 June 2013 at 10:54am | IP Logged 
ZH

Did yet another HSK4 mock test, actually the 听力 part only, because I don't have the time
to do the whole test and I know this is my weakest point (I also fear the writing part,
but it's very short at the HSK4 level, so I may not even try that). I got 38/45, which is
OK, and yet I'm not satisfied: in particular, I got 9 questions right among the last 10,
which are made of longer extracts - but that was sheer luck. In most cases, I didn't
understand anything, which is a shame at this point in my studies.

Ah well, the exam is in 3 days, I won't be able to improve that skill noticeably by then.


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