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PeterMollenburg
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 Message 273 of 451
28 January 2015 at 3:34am | IP Logged 
and for the time being i'm being lazy on the French posting :)
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Straya
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 Message 274 of 451
28 January 2015 at 5:57am | IP Logged 
Hey pete,

Im sure somewhere in the last 35 pages you've mentioned it, but what has your favourite
course to date been?
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PeterMollenburg
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 Message 275 of 451
28 January 2015 at 9:19am | IP Logged 
Straya wrote:
Hey pete,

Im sure somewhere in the last 35 pages you've mentioned it, but what has your favourite
course to date been?


Hi Straya,

I was only talking about this to my wife just the other day.

For French I have two equal favourites for different reasons:

French in Action
When all components are used this is the most comprehensive course I've used for
French. It has grammar and pronunciation exercises, reading, watching and listening all in extensive
amounts. The amount of work that has gone into producing this course is insane. Everything is thorough and
there's a lot of it. The story is quite engaging too, I really enjoy that fun side of it as well.

Assimil New French with Ease
This is my equal favourite for almost in part seemingly opposite reasons. Where FIA can almost
overwhelm with its sheer size, Assimil lesson's are short, concise yet effective and enjoyable, and give a
sense of relatively speedy progress. The grammar is not too heavy either, it's an excellent balance. I really
enjoy it!

Destinos
This Spanish course is easily my favourite language course across all languages. It's basically the French in
Action of Spanish. Again I used all components (CD rom not really necessary nor recommended). Ditto to
FIA- ie this course has everything and when I've used it I have progressed incredibly quickly. I actually found
the story more engaging than FIA perhaps as it visits numerous Spanish speaking countries in pursuit of an
intriguing mystery. I've only made it halfway through both FIA and Destinos (completed lesson 26 in both). To
be fair, for me personally learning basic/intermediate French has always seemed like something I've had to
work hard at, have analysed more deeply and thus treaded more hesitantly and slowly as my critical mind
verifies everthing I learn. Basic Spanish especially via Destinos always felt smoother and quicker and
therefore more enjoyable.

Edited by PeterMollenburg on 28 January 2015 at 9:27am

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Straya
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 Message 276 of 451
02 February 2015 at 3:16am | IP Logged 
Hey Pete,

Just hada look at the 6wc list and you're at the top, congrats!

I need to get my butt into gear, see if i cant give you a run for your franc :P
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Lakeseayesno
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 Message 277 of 451
02 February 2015 at 3:27am | IP Logged 
Man, first day and you've already logged seven hours! Je te tire mon chapeau. :D Félicitations!
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 Message 278 of 451
02 February 2015 at 4:59am | IP Logged 
Hi Straya, Hi Lakeseayesno,

The 6WC is so much more suited to my current rediculous methods than the SC. I really should be doing a
mixture of activites. This is one-dimensional study all the way. You see I'm just striving to get through the
massive list of courses I have - hence the hours logged. A run for my franc hey? (I wish they were still on the
franc- stupid Eurozone!) anyway right now i'm acting like I've just robbed a bank and i'm running as fast as I
can. Catch me if you can..... not... !!! ahahahahaha (evil laugh rears it's embarrassing ugly head again).

I didn't quite make 7hrs on the first day, 4 hrs on first then got up early and logged a heap more today. Glad to
be a part of this 6WC, it's what I need right now to get my butt into gear actually (I really do know i'm making
some stupid errors here in repeating too many beginner courses, so don't ever think i'm going to buy this
many courses ever again in another language!)

PM
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PeterMollenburg
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 Message 279 of 451
05 February 2015 at 6:31am | IP Logged 
Hey me, and other versions of me,

I've been soooo busy I haven't even had time to put up my long-awaited Jan 2015 summary. The phone's
been ringing non-stop with demands of this summary. François even had an press-conference asking what's
going on... I'm sure you caught it.

JANUARY SUMMARY:
Course hours: 35hrs 49 min
Audio only courses: 27hrs 10min
Podcasts: 1hr 36min
French Television (EN subtitles or none): 8hrs 25min
Flashcards: 10hrs 35min

TOTAL FOR JAN :     83hrs 35min
DAILY AVG FOR JAN: 2hrs 41min

Jan started slow with family visitors which was great fun. The middle was extremely studious, whereas the
end of Jan I backed off a little.
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I have been very busy with the 6WC lately and finding it quite frankly tough. I've been pushing my self more
than usual and today I kinda hit a small wall and backed off on pressuring myself in the morning. I'm not sure
whether I'll continue my 6am starts, and might move them to 7am and cut back an hour to what I was doing
before, as 11pm to sleep on avg has me suffering a little from tiredness with a day that's filled with much
more than just language study. But the idea of getting through some extra course work is pushing me on, and
i'm wondering if I'll just adjust eventually to a little less sleep. Perhaps I'll just try it as best I can for the 6WC
and decide at the end if I'll continue, as I guess as they say that's what the 6WC is good for- developing
better study/language learning habits.
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Political slanted talk follows... feel free to avoid if you please...

On a serious note I think it's extremely alarming to see French military policing the streets of Nice after a
recent attack there on a few police or military personel. This 'police-state'/'ultra-controlled state' of existence
is what they (those in control) are wanting for civilian life everywhere in future. The media spreads fear and
people have themselves scared and wanting extra protection. This is where media = danger (propaganda +
over-exaggerated fear spreading threats justified by whatever attack). Let's face it, people get stabbed,
raped, murdered (very unfortunately) on a regular basis all over the world- which in itself is absolutely
appauling, but to react to this latest threat (which i'm sure is justified by the Charlie Hebdo situation as well-
again a very questionable series of events), is just insane. Humanity is like the frog that wasn't placed in the
boiling water put was put in the cool water and slowly brought to boiling point. These changes are occuring
very very very gradually. Ever wonder why your grandfather said life was simpler back then, harder perhaps
but better... then your father says it, then you're saying it. It's not just because you're maturing, it's because it
DOES get worse every generation. Why is humanity so sick? Such questions ARE worth further investigation,
don't believe the b#s*t

Peculiarities with
Charlie Hebdo


Edited by PeterMollenburg on 05 February 2015 at 7:09am

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 Message 280 of 451
05 February 2015 at 7:08am | IP Logged 
"Oui, c'était mieux avant, comme disent les vieux cons."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3htiOxTzWE

Je crois qu'on devient tous un peu vieux con au fil des années et songe à la simplicité (imaginée) du monde de notre enfance mais si je pouvais vivre dans n'importe quelle époque je choisirais sans hésitation l'actuelle. Je ne vois pas en quoi les politiciens de notre ère seraient plus minables ou les politiques de nos jours seraient plus néfastes que ceux et celles qui regnaient il y a 50 ou 100 ans. Serais-je une pauvre grenouille inconsciente du danger qui l'entoure ? Peut-être. :-)

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