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 Message 561 of 766
05 August 2014 at 7:13am | IP Logged 
Language: French
Grammar point: Connectors expressing opposition
Why: Of all the types of connectors these are probably my weakest and since I tend to hedge a lot when writing, I should know how to do so more elegantly (or correctly, even).
How many: 100 should be easy to do and I ought to be able to explain it.

Language: Irish
Grammar Point: No specific ones, but I want to make more progress in Gaeilge gan Stró. I looked ahead and they'll be working quite a bit on prepositional pronouns and specific expressions.
How many: I should get through about one unit a week, so to about 8 or 9. I ought to be able to come up with various sentences and be able to explain them.
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 Message 562 of 766
05 August 2014 at 1:30pm | IP Logged 
Solfrid Cristin wrote:
So how did the July mini challenge go? Which texts/films did you chose, what progress did you see, and do you think you would like to try this method again?

I didn't officially do it, but I did an online class on Coursera that had both videos and reading materials, and at first the reading seemed incredibly difficult. But then I watched most of the videos, with Spanish subtitles, and when I could no longer put off the reading, it was much easier. I had got used to the specific lingo.

I love the idea of this challenge, but the most suitable material I have for it is HP, and I've already gone through much of it.


And I love the new challenge too, but it will take some time to choose the grammar items ;) Aiming for 10 sentences because I'll obviously do this in more than one language. Specially for Cristina I'll do some Finnish too ;), although I've studied its grammar in detail, to the point of going to the library and reading through research, looking for even more structures I didn't know.
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 Message 563 of 766
05 August 2014 at 1:53pm | IP Logged 
Language: Croatian
Grammar point: Future exact
Why: I know how to form this tense but have never got my head around when or why I would ever want to use it.
Sentences: I'll aim for 100 but not sure whether I'll hit that; I'm reading translations of the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' series at the moment and it's not the most intellectual book in the world so unsure how many examples I will find!
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 Message 564 of 766
05 August 2014 at 8:23pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:


Specially for Cristina I'll do some Finnish too ;), although I've studied its grammar in detail, to the point of
going to the library and reading through research, looking for even more structures I didn't know.


Me like :-)
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 Message 565 of 766
05 August 2014 at 9:41pm | IP Logged 
Here's a sample of my French sentences. There's no single grammar point; what I'm
aiming for here is elegance. I can say all these things and be understood, but
it wouldn't be smooth. And if it ain't smooth, it ain't good French.

And so I need to learn to use en more, and the subjunctive, and really start
picking the proper verb rather than relying on workhorses like faire and
aller to carry me through.

1.3 What’s the trouble?
2.3 I wonder if it’s worthwhile.
2.6 That goes without saying.
3.3 Where can I get a pass?
4.3 I know nothing about it.
4.5 You’d better think about it.
5.1 After all, why worry?
5.5. We sent for them.
5.7 No one has been found yet.
6.9 I’m so glad I ran into you.
7.3 I hope you’ll have fun.
7.5 It’s getting cold. Let’s go in.
8.7 We have other plans.
8.10 You make me hungry.
9.1 Some day, we’ll find out the truth.
10.1 One week ago, I was getting ready to leave.
10.3 He won’t be long.
11.2 I lost sight of her.
11.6 That could happen to anyone.
12.1 I’m afraid he won’t agree.
12.4 They’re the only ones we have.




1.3 Qu’est-ce qui ne va pas?
2.3 Je me demande si ça en vaut la peine.
2.6 Cela va de soi.
3.3 Oú puis-je obtenir un laissez-passer?
4.3 Je n’y connais rien (Je n’en sais rien)
4.5 Vous feriez mieux d’y penser.
5.1 Après tout, pourquoi s’en faire?
5.5 Nous les avons envoyé chercher.
5.7 On n’a encoure trouvé personne.
6.9 Je suis si heureux de vous avoir rencontré.
7.3 J’espère que vous vous amuserez bien.
7.5 Il commence à faire froid. Rentrons.
8.7 Nous avons d’autres projects.
8.10 Vous me donnez faim.
9.1 Un jour, nous découvrions la vérite.
10.1 Il y a huit jours, je me prèparais à partir.
10.3 Il n’en pas pour longtemps.
11.2 Je l’ai perdue de vue.
11.6 Ça pourrait arriver à n’importe qui.
12.1 J’ai peur qu’il ne soit pas d’accord.
12.4 Ce sont les seules que nous ayons.

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 Message 566 of 766
07 August 2014 at 9:55am | IP Logged 
I'll do this month's mini-challenge. I'm not entirely sure what the rules are... do we translate them or look for examples?

My grammar point that I want to focus on is pronouns like le, me, te, etc. I think that they are called clitic pronouns. There are tons of examples in Divergente, which I am currently reading, and probably the follow-up books as well. I'm going to shoot for doing at least 25. Maybe 100... but at least 25.
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 Message 567 of 766
07 August 2014 at 3:59pm | IP Logged 
Translations are optional, but probably quite useful :-) And not just for the person who writes them.
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 Message 568 of 766
07 August 2014 at 6:21pm | IP Logged 
For the July multi-format challenge I chose "Der Räuber Hotzenplotz" (children's book in German). I listened to an
audio play, watched the movie, read an excerpt (I did not have access to the entire book) and listened to a few
pages being read (youtube). There were some unfamiliar vocabulary words such as Unke (toad) and wutschnaubend
(snorting with rage), but the story was fairly easy to follow or read in all formats. Probably since this was a
children's book, I did not see a huge difference in understanding, though the film contained songs that the other
formats did not and speakers in both the play and film had interesting accents and unusual voices that were of
course more challenging to comprehend than just reading the text. I read the text excerpt after the other formats
and just zoomed through the few pages I had access to.

I don't know yet which grammar points to focus on for August, but will come up with something...




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