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s0fist
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United States
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260 posts - 445 votes 
Speaks: Russian*, English
Studies: Sign Language, German, Spanish, French

 
 Message 1 of 25
16 December 2013 at 5:21am | IP Logged 
My long term goal is polyglottery with high level of fluency.
I know my goals are very ambitious, but my deadlines are flexible and extend far into the future.
In the end, que será, será.

Native fluency: ✓ English, ✓ Russian
Adv. fluency (C2+, 2023): Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Ukrainian, RSL
Basic fluency (C1+, 2030): Mandarin, Portuguese, Italian, Greek
High intermediate (B2+, 2035): Hebrew, Polish, Arabic
Wanderlusts: Esperanto, Latin, ASL, Ancient Egyptian, Sanskrit, Ancient Greek, Old English, Church Slavonic
Considering: Belorussian, Korean, Malaysian/Indonesian, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Vietnamese, Thai, Persian, Turkish, Swahili, Romanian, Kazakh, Tatar, Dutch, Hungarian, Czech, Swedish, etc.

My priorities are heavily oriented towards passive skills (reading (by far), then listening).
I'm only interested in communicating with others once I'm very comfortable with the language.
But speaking out loud to myself is very important at the start too.
Paraphrasing Iversen, I'm happy learning bits and pieces and waiting for the epiphany moment.

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My goals for the following year, 2014 (I prefer to set ambitious goals):
700+ hours total for the year, read 15+ short books, 20+ movies, 30+ hours of tv shows
B1+/B2 in Spanish, French, German, 3-5 books and movies in each language
C1+/C2 in RSL, keep learning words, find more resources, get more practice
B2/B2+ in Ukrainian, get some foundation, then dive in reading books and watching tv/movies
A2/A2+ in Japanese, keep learning basic kanji and basic grammar
My main priority this year is consistency: to get used to studying and maintaining all these languages at the same time without burnout, without dropping the ball, and without taking long breaks, as I've so often done in the past.

I've been following this forum for over 3 years, lurking at first, getting more and more involved lately.
I plan to use this log for maybe weekly progress reports. Mostly for myself.
At the moment my TL levels are too low to write comfortably.

I've decided to give team TAC 2014 a try.
So I'll be joining TAC teams for Spanish (Exploradores), French (Triomphe), and German (Spaß).
Also, I'm planning on following teams for Japanese (旅立ち/tabidachi), Ukrainian (Sokoły / Соколи) and Spanish (Lobo) as an observer.


Edited by s0fist on 04 January 2014 at 5:02am

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s0fist
Diglot
Senior Member
United States
Joined 3409 days ago

260 posts - 445 votes 
Speaks: Russian*, English
Studies: Sign Language, German, Spanish, French

 
 Message 2 of 25
16 December 2013 at 5:22am | IP Logged 
Techniques:

Personally, I like to get a decent foundation in basics of the language (pronunciation, writing, grammar)
then progress towards learning more words to be able to read while listening to music.
That's why I like starting with Michel Thomas and Pimsleur and a basic grammar book,
then switch to graded readers or anki sentences, lots of music, and then subtitled videos.
After the initial A1 phase, Anki is by far the most useful tool in my opinion.

Resources:

Anki. Dictionaries imported into Anki. Sentences imported into Anki.
Lots of music on repeat for listening practice.
Graded readers then native books for reading practice.
Movies, TV shows, and youtube. First with subtitles then without.

Great LL programs: Michel Thomas, Pimsleur, Teach Yourself, Linguaphone.
Tedious LL programs: MT Vocabulary, For Dummies, FSI, DLI.
Untested LL programs: Assimil, Living Language.

I highly recommend Ilya Frank's reading method (it's basically a way to structure parallel texts with inline traslations with hyperliteral translations) and parallel translation books he edited/translated (they're premade for Russian-L1).

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s0fist
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260 posts - 445 votes 
Speaks: Russian*, English
Studies: Sign Language, German, Spanish, French

 
 Message 3 of 25
16 December 2013 at 5:23am | IP Logged 
English, currently advanced native fluency
Goal: keep expanding rare word vocabulary.
Resources: Anki

The script I wrote consolidated words from 5+ sources of rare English words into Anki:
Grandiloquent Dictionary, Luficerous Logolepsy, phrontistery, Ultrahigh IQ 10k, Scorpio Tales.
Now I'm slowly wading through them in Anki.
Also, I maintain a list of unknown English words I encounter in life.
Considering writing a script to import a large dictionary (ex. dictionary.com) into Anki and go through it.

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Russian, currently advanced native fluency
Goal: keep expanding rare word vocabulary.
Resources: Anki

The script I wrote consolidated 10 Russian dictionaries (10 толковых словарей) into Anki:
Ефремова, Ушаков, Ожегов, Шведова, Абрамов, Лопатин, Даль, БСЭ, иностр. слов.
Now I'm slowly wading through them in Anki, deleting words I know, looking for words I don't know yet that I want to learn.
Also, I maintain a list of unknown Russian words I encounter in life.




Edited by s0fist on 16 December 2013 at 5:57am

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s0fist
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Joined 3409 days ago

260 posts - 445 votes 
Speaks: Russian*, English
Studies: Sign Language, German, Spanish, French

 
 Message 4 of 25
16 December 2013 at 5:24am | IP Logged 
RSL/РЖЯ (Russian Sign Language/Русский Жестовый Язык), currently intermediate
Goal: keep expanding vocabulary, C1+/C2 by the time of my next trip to Russia.
Resources: Anki, DVDs, online

The script I wrote imported movie clips from digitgestus.com into Anki.
Now I'm slowly learning them in Anki.
Plus, I have a 4 DVDs and 1 CD with study materials that I peruse from time to time.

RSL (my youtube playlist)

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Ukrainian, currently beginner (but I have my native Russian)
Goal: B2 by end of 2014, C2+ by 2020
Resources: Anki, programs, movies, tv shows, books

Programs: Looking for a good program that takes advantage of my native Russian.

Movies:

TV shows:

Books: Ilya Frank's method books
I expect to be able to start reading and watching movies/TV asap on my Russian foundation.

Music: Ukrainian music (my youtube playlist), Океан Ельзи


Edited by s0fist on 16 December 2013 at 5:49am

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s0fist
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260 posts - 445 votes 
Speaks: Russian*, English
Studies: Sign Language, German, Spanish, French

 
 Message 5 of 25
16 December 2013 at 5:25am | IP Logged 
Spanish, currently high beginner
Goal: B2 by end of 2014, C2+ by 2020
Resources: Anki, programs, movies, tv shows, books, music

Programs:
* Michel Thomas Spanish (Foundation, Advanced, Review, Builder, Vocabulary): completed, awesome.
* Pimsleur Spanish (I, II, III), Linguaphone Spanish: completed, great.
* Teach Yourself Latin American Spanish : completed.
* For Dummies Spanish: completed, didn't like this.
+ Living Language Spanish (Beyond The Basics, Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate on the go), Edufone Spanish, Assimil Spanish: haven't tried.
- FSI Spanish Platiquemos, FSI Spanish, DLI Spanish: tried, didn't like this, stopped.

Movies (watched): Amores Perros, Maria, Llena Eres de Gracia, Y tu mama tambien, El laberinto del fauno, Diarios de Motocicleta, Mar adentro, Harry Potter
Movies (to watch):

TV shows (watched): Los Simpson, Amanda O, Alma Pirata, Alguien te Mira, Casi Angeles,
TV shows (to watch): Los Simpson

Books (read): Ilya Frank's method books
Books (to read):

Music: Spanish music (my youtube playlist), Calle 13 (awesome!), etc


Edited by s0fist on 16 December 2013 at 5:46am

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s0fist
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Senior Member
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Joined 3409 days ago

260 posts - 445 votes 
Speaks: Russian*, English
Studies: Sign Language, German, Spanish, French

 
 Message 6 of 25
16 December 2013 at 5:30am | IP Logged 
French, currently beginner
Goal: B2 by end of 2014, C2+ by 2020
Resources: Anki, programs, music

Programs:
* Michel Thomas French (Foundation, Advanced, Review, Builder, Vocabulary).
* Pimsleur French (I, II, III).
+ Teach Yourself French, Linguaphone French.
- Assimil French, DLI French, FSI French.

Movies (watched):
Movies (to watch):

TV shows (watched):
TV shows (to watch):

Books (read):
Books (to read): Ilya Frank's method books

Music: French music (my youtube playlist), Zaz, Joyce Jonathan, Gerald De Palmas, Stromae, Emilie Simon, Yelle, etc.


Edited by s0fist on 16 December 2013 at 5:44am

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s0fist
Diglot
Senior Member
United States
Joined 3409 days ago

260 posts - 445 votes 
Speaks: Russian*, English
Studies: Sign Language, German, Spanish, French

 
 Message 7 of 25
16 December 2013 at 5:32am | IP Logged 
German, currently beginner
Goal: B2 by end of 2014, C2+ by 2020
Resources: Anki, programs, music

Programs:
* Michel Thomas German (Foundation, Advanced, Review, Builder, Vocabulary).
* Pimsleur German (I, II, III).
+ Deutsch Welle, Linguaphone German, Living Language German, Teach Yourself German.
- Assimil German, DLI German, FSI German.

Movies (watched):
Movies (to watch):

TV shows (watched):
TV shows (to watch):

Books (read):
Books (to read): Ilya Frank's method books

Music: German music (youtube playlist), Wise Guys, Rammstein, Die Arzte, Hund am Strand, etc.


Edited by s0fist on 16 December 2013 at 5:43am

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s0fist
Diglot
Senior Member
United States
Joined 3409 days ago

260 posts - 445 votes 
Speaks: Russian*, English
Studies: Sign Language, German, Spanish, French

 
 Message 8 of 25
16 December 2013 at 5:34am | IP Logged 
Japanese, currently beginner
Goal: A2+ by end of 2014, C2+ by 2023
Resources: Anki, programs, books

Programs:
* Michel Thomas Japanese Foundation.
+ Pimsleur Japanese (I, II, III), Teach Yourself Japanese, Japanese For Today, Genki I, II.

Movies (watched):
Movies (to watch):
TV shows (watched):
TV shows (to watch):
Books (read):
Books (to read): Ilya Frank's method books
Music: My Youtube playlist for Japanese


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Mandarin, currently not studying until my Japanese is at least B2
Portuguese and Italian, currently not studying until my Spanish and French are at least B2
Greek, Polish, Hebrew, Arabic, currently not studying until all my other languages are at least B2


Edited by s0fist on 16 December 2013 at 5:41am



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