Radioclare's 2017 log (Croatian/Russian)

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Re: Radioclare's 2017 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby blaurebell » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:17 pm

Congratulations on finishing the Duolingo! I guess only those who know what the final stretch of the Russian tree is like will appreciate what achievement this is! :D
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Re: Radioclare's 2017 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:23 pm

blaurebell wrote:Congratulations on finishing the Duolingo! I guess only those who know what the final stretch of the Russian tree is like will appreciate what achievement this is! :D


Thanks :) The "nothing" lesson turned out to be the most useful one in those final few, as it practised sentences like "They have nothing to do" or "I don't have anyone to go to the cinema with". The "colloquial" lesson also had some useful bits in. Most of the rest of it wasn't worth doing, though. And the "science" section was the absolute worst; it was trying to teach sentences about hydrogen which I wouldn't even have understood properly in English :D
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Re: Radioclare's 2017 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby blaurebell » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:23 pm

Oh boy! Doesn't sound like I will enjoy the Science section. I guess I'll just do 5min a day and see how far I get. Can't face more of it!
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Re: Radioclare's 2017 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby IronMike » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:19 am

Radioclare wrote:Croatian
It's been quite a positive week. I've got through 13 lessons of Glossika already, mostly in the mornings and evenings when walking between the station and my office. I really do find Glossika much more enjoyable than any other audio course I've tried, and I think it's really valuable for trying to imitate pronunciation, especially the correct intonation. I'm hoping to keep this progress up and get further through the files than I have previously :)

Isn't it great?! I love Glossika!

I really wish they'd do an Esperanto one. A bunch of us brought it up to the founder/owner on the Glossika FB group, and he mentioned that he is always on the look-out for native speakers to help develop courses, but when we asked for a one-pager describing what he's looking for and the time commitment for something like this, he never answered, bedauxrinde. ;)
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Re: Radioclare's 2017 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:54 pm

IronMike wrote:Isn't it great?! I love Glossika!

I really wish they'd do an Esperanto one. A bunch of us brought it up to the founder/owner on the Glossika FB group, and he mentioned that he is always on the look-out for native speakers to help develop courses, but when we asked for a one-pager describing what he's looking for and the time commitment for something like this, he never answered, bedauxrinde. ;)


It's really brilliant :) Normally when I'm doing an audio course I really have to force myself to select it on my iPod in the morning, rather than taking the easy option and just listening to some music instead, but I actually find I'm looking forward to Glossika every day :) I think there's something slightly addictive about it!

It would be really cool to have one in Esperanto and I can imagine there would be a good market for it now so many people have tried Esperanto Duolingo, so it's a shame nothing has come of it so far :(

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I've mainly been focusing on Croatian this week, although I don't feel like it's been a week where I've got loads done.

  • I'm on lesson 21 of Glossika, so have managed at least one a day, which is a success by my standards.
  • I rearranged my "to-read" pile of Croatian books and decided I needed to focus on reading the hardback ones first, because I won't want to carry them with me when I'm on my various travels over the summer. The one I've selected to read this week is called "Slušaj i gledaj, Latice" and it's like a family history of a successful Zagreb family during the twentieth century. It's a memoir rather than fiction, so it includes real letters and photographs, which is quite interesting. I've only read about 70 pages so far, so I'm not having a very successful Tadoku this time around.
  • I've watched five episodes of 'Larin izbor' this week. They're still in Morocco. I'm getting a bit tired of hearing the Croatian characters speak bad English to the 'Moroccan' characters (who I suspect for the most part are Croatian actors pretending to be Moroccan!). There's a new baddie called Leon though, who is played by the Croatian actor Marko Cindrić, and when I first heard him speak English I nearly fell off my chair. This guy speaks impeccable English, with the most beautiful British accent you ever heard in your life. I'm so sad I can't find any clips of him speaking English on Youtube because his accent is a thing of beauty; you could easily believe he was a distant relative of the Queen :lol: I spent a while googling him and eventually found out that he studied drama in Oxford.

I wondered whether anyone could recommend me a good news website from Serbia? I follow various Croatian newspapers on Twitter and my general impression is that they spend more time reporting the antics of minor celebrities than they do the politics of any other countries in the region. Most of what I read about Serbian politics at the moment is in English on websites like Balkan Insight (which is a good website, but I'd like to read something in Serbian too).
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Re: Radioclare's 2017 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby DaveBee » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:30 am

Radioclare wrote:There's a new baddie called Leon though, who is played by the Croatian actor Marko Cindrić, and when I first heard him speak English I nearly fell off my chair. This guy speaks impeccable English, with the most beautiful British accent you ever heard in your life. I'm so sad I can't find any clips of him speaking English on Youtube because his accent is a thing of beauty; you could easily believe he was a distant relative of the Queen :lol: I spent a while googling him and eventually found out that he studied drama in Oxford.
I forget the programme, but I once saw an interview with the patriarch of the Italian family that owns/owned Fiat. Perfect English with an upper class British accent. :shock:
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