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What are your goals for 2016?

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 Message 17 of 21
09 August 2016 at 9:49am | IP Logged 
I have been away from this forum for quite a while( due to other commitments)
and I am sorry to see that active members who made this place a paradise for
language lovers, have apparently done the same. Its a pity, as this was a
place swarming with life, so its saddening to see it practically dead.

My goals for this year:

1) Italian- I will be moving to Italy( Florence) for doctoral studies in a
month. A year ago I set a goal for myself to reach at least B1 level by
this time, making a jump from that plateau to B2 while I am in Italy. I can
say I have reached that goal. I managed to get rid of my language books
hoarding habit, and focused on one textbook only " La lingua Italiana per
stranieri" ( Katerinov), which is easily the best textbook I have used in any
language. Of course, I also tried to immerse myself in the language reading
books, newspaper articles, listening to Italian music and TV programs. Right
now I am focusing on a specialized terminology.

2) Maintain my English through reading. I have noticed that it is getting a
bit rusty, not flowing naturally like it did before( especially when I am
speaking). And my accent has, despite all my attempts at improving it, always
left a lot to be desired.

3) Flirt with ( Brazilian) Portuguese. I have a Portuguese friend, and he
asked me more or less why on Earth am I not learning the REAL Portuguese from
Portugal. Its a simple thing, I have a preference for Brazilian accent, it
sound more melodic to my ears, it almost " sings" to me, bringing immediate
association of football on the beach and carnival, whereas Portuguese Portugal
is much more compressed.

Edited by delija on 09 August 2016 at 9:56am

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 Message 18 of 21
09 August 2016 at 10:25am | IP Logged 
Some of the ol' folks are at, but you are right: it is sad that the activity here at HTLAL has dwindled to almost zero. In fact we get more applications for membership here (probably to read the old messages) than we get new messages.
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 Message 19 of 21
09 August 2016 at 10:43am | IP Logged 
Thank you Iversen! Apparently there is a lot more activity at that new
forum...but still not as much as in good old days at HTLAL, from what I can
remember. Also, I liked the look of HTLAL more( or maybe its just a habit), is
not there a way to merge the two forums?( to be honest I do not yet know the reason for
exodus from HTLAL. I know it used to crash every now and then, but can not that be
fixed?). I guess there is a danger of domain
name for this place expiring and not being renewed, sending all the wealth of
posts and material down the drain. That would be terrible.

Edited by delija on 09 August 2016 at 10:49am

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Studies: German, Russian, Dutch, French

 Message 20 of 21
17 August 2016 at 2:06am | IP Logged 
I have to learn Dutch to the highest fluency I can by June 2017...I plan on finishing Assimil Italian in the meantime. I'm going to Defqon and want speak both fairly well with the DJs. I have a good grounding in German and Spanish so I don't think it will be too difficult.

It will be my first international trip so I'm focusing on Dutch. I plan on visiting the Netherlands once a year :)
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Studies: French, Arabic (Gulf)
Studies: Russian

 Message 21 of 21
07 September 2016 at 9:28am | IP Logged 
Noting that some members were still posting in August, I thought I'd give it a go even
though half of the year has already passed.

My goals for 2016 concerning languages were
1. improve my Arabic to the A2-level: Basically I just wanted to make it through the
language course and get out of the "I can't say or understand anything without a lot of
time". I think I succeeded, after all I passed the exam. I must say I was surprised at how
hard it was to learn Arabic and make minimal progress. I would attribute those difficulties
to the lack of pragmatics. I'm afraid the only way to make it to B1 or B2 will be to live in
an Arab country for a few months.
2. start learning Russian, somehow: I wanted to finally start learning this beautiful
language with its beautiful speakers but could not plan for it concretely because there was
just no opportunity presenting itself to me. However, duolingo and carving out 20 minutes in
the morning allowed me to master the alphabet and start my journey. Now I just want to
continue learning Russian for the rest of the year at a rather slow pace, perhaps reaching
A1.1 or A1.2 by December. Most importantly, I want to remember all letters and their
pronunciation for many years to come! That means lots of spaced repetition and deep
3. push my French to a C1-level: This is my job for the rest of the year. An intense
language course and the sheer neccessity due to work demands will surely allow me to achieve
this goal. So far I have not moved towards it significantly.
4. get educated about foreign language acquisition and figure out why I have this knack of
learning foreign languages

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