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Polyglot Stage 1: French and German

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Phoenix23
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Speaks: English*
Studies: German, French

 
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19 January 2014 at 7:00pm | IP Logged 
Never one to set small objectives, I've decided to pursue a long held dream of speaking
multiple languages. Being also fairly realistic I do understand that this is a time
intensive process that will take me near enough a decade... and which shall probably
never truly be finished.

I shall outline for you my target languages and my desired level for them. Bear in mind
that I live a nomadic life and will be spending extended periods of time in the
relevant nations. I'm quite sure these 9 will keep me busy during my brief stay on
planet Earth!

The most important four.

1. German C2        (Begin Now)
2. French C2        (Begin Now)
3. Russian C2       (Begin Nov 2014)
4. Portuguese C2    (Begin Apr 2015)

The exotics.

5. Turkish C1       (Begin 2017)
6. Hindi C1        (Begin 2018)

The hobby languages, for travel mainly.

7. Swedish B1       (Begin 2015)
8. Spanish B2       (Begin 2016)
9. Italian B1       (Begin 2015)

Stage 1 : French and German


After studying French and German on and off for a few years and getting only to a very
modest B1 level ability I figured 2014 was the year to push things forward.

I've written up a timetable for my studies which currently foresees me studying 9 hours
of German per week alongside 7 hours of French. Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand I am
also lucky enough to have access to a large expatriate community where I will regularly
be able to practice both languages.

Here is my routine,

Monday: German (0.5 hrs listening / 0.5 hrs reading / 1 hr Assimil) - 2 hrs

Tuesday: French: (0.5 hrs listening / 0.5 hrs reading / 1.5 hrs Assimil) - 2.5 hrs

Wednesday: German (0.5 hrs listening / 0.5 hrs reading / 1 hr Assimil) - 2 hrs

Thursday: French: (0.5 hrs listening / 0.5 hrs reading / 2 hrs Assimil) - 3 hrs

Friday: German (0.5 hrs listening / 0.5 hrs reading / 0.5 hr Assimil) - 1.5 hrs

Saturday: German (0.5 hrs listening / 0.5 hrs reading / 1 hr Assimil) - 2 hrs

Sunday: French: (0.5 hrs listening / 1 hr Assimil) - 1.5 hrs
        German: (0.5 hrs listening / 1 hr Assimil) - 1.5 hrs

The listening portion of my studies will be pimsleur at first, moving on to Michel
Thomas afterwards. After I've completed both these sets I'll simply listen to a radio
show or podcast.

The reading could be anything really, I have a few German and French newspaper sites
bookmarked and dictionaries of course. Assimil is fairly self explainatory, I have no
idea how long it shall take at this rate to complete the courses. I have French With
Ease from 1998 and German With Ease from 2001. We'll see I guess.

In terms of how long I shall follow this 16 hours per week schedule, I have set aside
42 weeks until I begin an intensive study of Russian. So I essentially have 378 hours
of German and 294 hours of French to play with... not including conversations I have
with other expats here and passive inputs like subbed films and music.

Coupled with 5 weeks in Southern France and 6 Weeks in Western Germany I'm hoping to
finish 2014 with a C1 level in both languages. Then it'll time for the puzzle that is
Russian!

I'll make an update at least once per week. Thankyou for any interest people take, I
look forward to being part of the community here.

Here's to a successful 2014 for all! :)

Edited by Phoenix23 on 19 January 2014 at 7:02pm

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Phoenix23
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United Kingdom
pilgrimwriter.comRegistered users can see my Skype Name
Joined 2361 days ago

3 posts - 4 votes
Speaks: English*
Studies: German, French

 
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19 January 2014 at 7:36pm | IP Logged 
p.s. I've placed my Skype address in my profile so if you wish to chat in French or German
at some point feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to help anyone studying English.
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