blaurebell wrote:I think I read somewhere that using timed practice is also penalised, so it might be quicker, but things stay golden for a shorter time. My Russian typing is also really slow. At least I can touch type it though, otherwise I'd swear so much doing Duolingo!
That's interesting to know re timed practice as I do sometimes feel like I'm having to strengthen the same old skills very soon after I've already strengthened them. I seem to have to strengthen genitive plurals every day
I'll experiment with the non-timed practice this week and see whether it helps. And yes I completely agree that although it was an investment of time upfront to learn how to type on a Cyrillic keyboard, I think it's definitely worth the effort in the long-term. Otherwise Duolingo and Memrise would be a complete nightmare!
IronMike wrote:But Russian is worth it. So much available out there for reading and listening. Lovely language.
I haven't even got as far as the difficult bits of Russian
But it's good to hear you say that it is worth it in the end
So, this week's update... 2017 continues to be a stressful year for me, for reasons unrelated to languages and even unrelated to work. Although this week was a stressful one for me at work as well, and this weekend has predominantly been spent at an Esperanto trustee meeting. I never thought I'd say this, but I may actually have preferred 2016 to 2017 Croatian
I finished reading Ken Follett's 'Zima sveta' in Serbian. All 927 pages of it
This takes me to 151.6 "books" for the Super Challenge
My SC reading is now horrifically far ahead of my SC films. I was enjoying the story too much to look up a lot of words, but one word which I did learn was "pogubiti" (to execute).
I only seem to have managed two episodes of 'Larin izbor' this week. I did learn a new word from that too though. Jakov and some of the other main characters got embroiled with a bad guy in Morocco who tricked them into smuggling "slonovača" into the country. I had to consult a dictionary to confirm that "slonovača" is "ivory", although this should have been obvious to me because I already knew that "slon" is an elephant.
I am progressing through Daniel's Memrise courses, albeit slowly. I wrote a few hundred words in Croatian earlier in the week to someone who sent me a message on Conversation Exchange.Russian
I decided to start Russian Pimsleur and have so far completed the first two lessons. I've reaffirmed my belief that Pimsleur is an activity which can only be undertaken when standing up, to minimise the chances of falling asleep.
The 6WC bot has decided it doesn't like me and hasn't responded to any of my tweets in last 24 hours, but I'm trying not to take it personally
I'm now on 64/79 Duolingo lessons, so minimal progress has been made. I can't wait for Duolingo to be over to be honest.