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Indíritheach
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Studies: Spanish, Irish, French

 
 Message 1 of 10
31 December 2013 at 4:21pm | IP Logged 
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So now I am at (151h/200), and I feel like everyday I am understanding more and more. I was watching Aifric with my daughter and was able to pause the program and understand complete sentences rather than just the odd word here and there. I'm very excited to see where I'll be at 200 hours, or more!

Schoenhofs still hasn't shipped Assimil El francés sin esfuerzo yet, which is kind of a good thing because I'm itching to start French and it's going to take a lot of discipline to wait until I get to my goal in Irish. Hopefully it won't arrive until I'm at 200 hours. I don't know if I'll join the 2014 French TAC team or not, or whether I'll post any progress in French on this log or on my old one...certainly I'll carry on with Spanish, so 2014 should be a busy year!

Edited by Indíritheach on 11 January 2014 at 11:56pm

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Teango
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 Message 2 of 10
31 December 2013 at 8:31pm | IP Logged 
Moving from picking out occasional words to understanding whole sentences in Irish is a great achievement. Good luck with these next 49 hours - whatever you're doing, it's working!

And if El francés sin esfuerzo does happen to arrive in the meantime, no-one will hold it against you if you decide to dive into the course with bright-eyed excitement (I know I would). I don't think hell or high water could stop even the most disciplined lover of languages... ;)
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Indíritheach
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 Message 3 of 10
01 January 2014 at 4:01pm | IP Logged 
Starting the New Year with 154 hours of Irish under my belt...not too shabby, I must say. So, continuing forward the goal is still the same...study Irish as much as possible, and start learning French this year! I can't wait for Assimil to arrive...


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Indíritheach
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 Message 4 of 10
03 January 2014 at 11:07pm | IP Logged 
At 157/200, so far so good. A little bit burned out...not so much with Irish itself, just with putting in so many hours. I'm reviewing Lessons 20-23 of Ó Siadhail's book. I've lazed off a bit the past couple of days, studying 1 hour in the morning rather than 2, but I'll get back to work tomorrow. I may just give my daughter an Irish lesson and watch a little TV today. And there was only one new episode of Ros na Rún this week! I need my fix!
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Indíritheach
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 Message 5 of 10
07 January 2014 at 12:01am | IP Logged 
Irish

I'm up to 163 hours so far, and it's not going too badly, although my enthusiasm wavers a bit from time to time. Right now I'm working on Lesson 24 of Learning Irish, which covers the past habitual tense of the verb and the preposition de. When I feel like it I'll make a more detailed post recapping the tenses I've learned thus far - future, conditional, past habitual, present habitual. A new episode of Ros na Rún finally became available, and TG4 looks like it has some interesting programmes coming up...I'm really looking forward to An Ceoldráma and Draíocht. One thing I've got to do is start speaking more...I realized today that a lot of the things I say to my daughter in English, I could easily say in Irish, and as she is my study buddy it would be good practice.

Cambodian

Okay, so Colloquial Cambodian arrived today, and holy crap...this language is hard. I spent an entire hour on the first dialogue trying to mimic the sounds I was hearning. And FSI thinks this is a Category II language? I'm still excited and enthusiatic, but I am definitely going to be leaning on my native speaker friend to help. I also watched about an hour of Cambodian TV, which gives me 2 hours of study today.

So to recap, that's

Irish: 163/1100
Cambodian2/1100

Edited by Indíritheach on 07 January 2014 at 12:03am

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Indíritheach
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 Message 6 of 10
08 January 2014 at 2:09am | IP Logged 
Cambodian

Wow...today went sooo much better! I was able to understand and repeat the dialogue and get some of those tricky consonant clusters down, and I even started learning to write a little Khmer...well, two letters, but it's a start. I studied an hour this morning and did some more writing practice this evening. And I even tried out a little Cambodian on my friend, who couldn't understand a word I was saying but was very encouraging and wants to learn with me since her reading/writing skills are poor.

Irish

What is this, Christmas again? Another episode of Ros na Rún made it worth the hour I spent on Learning Irish today, working on the text to Lesson 24.

Irish: 165h30/1100
Cambodian3h30/1100
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Indíritheach
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 Message 7 of 10
09 January 2014 at 3:08am | IP Logged 
Irish

One hour of study with Learning Irish and one hour of TG4. I am really surprised with what I can understand watching Nuacht TG4. It isn't quite coming together like Spanish, but I'm getting there.

Cambodian

I spent an hour this morning and another 30 minutes this afternoon working on my Khmer script. It's difficult...my handwriting sucks, just like it does in all my other languages, but I'm going to push on. I'm going to re-listen to Unit 1 of Colloquial Cambodian tomorrow morning. By Saturday or Sunday I should be finished with the first unit of this course. So far, so good...I actually like this text. I just need to find a decent Cambodian-English dictionary.

Irish: 167hr30/1100
Cambodian5/1100
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Bakunin
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 Message 8 of 10
09 January 2014 at 4:52am | IP Logged 
Indíritheach wrote:
I spent an hour this morning and another 30 minutes this afternoon working on my Khmer script. It's difficult...my handwriting sucks, just like it does in all my other languages, but I'm going to push on.


Hi Indíritheach, good luck with Cambodian, it's great to see someone study this language! Regarding your handwriting, just keep at it and try to write a bit on a very regular basis (daily). It took me years to get from the handwriting of a preschooler to something resembling normal written Thai (and I'm still not quite there yet). At some point I did a lot of Scriptorum (slowly copying short texts) which I found helpful, but what has really made a difference is my 10 minute routine of spelling exercises every day. I don't think it's fair to expect a beautiful native handwriting after a few months of practicing a new script. It also helps to pay attention to (and maybe ask natives to demonstrate) the variation, shortcuts, contractions etc. you encounter in different printed and handwritten scripts. If Cambodian is similar to Thai, then handwritten characters don't really look like the printed characters found in textbooks.


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