So many languages, so little time. A(nother) language log (RU, EO, maybe some others)

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Re: So many languages, so little time. A(nother) language log (RU, EO, maybe some others)

Postby Arnaud » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:14 pm

Ani wrote:That's so cool. I bet it is really tempting to call them up and just chit chat. When they get sick of you, you can hang up and try the next language :)
Except if they engaged a super polyglot to answer :mrgreen:
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Re: So many languages, so little time. A(nother) language log (RU, EO, maybe some others)

Postby Expugnator » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:22 pm

The Portuguese is flawlessly idiomatic (with 'conseguir'), so I bet you can trust the other translations.
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Re: So many languages, so little time. A(nother) language log (RU, EO, maybe some others)

Postby IronMike » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:28 pm

The wife and daughter #1 came back from London on Saturday night (RIP to those who perished today) with two books for me: Colloquial Welsh and Colloquial Breton. I love the Celtic languages. I'd studied Cornish seriously a few years ago (Kernewek dre Lyther) and got to (at least) a good reading level in it. I've also studied Irish for about a year, one night a week. It was slow-going, a class for those who weren't really that into language learning. It went too slow so I dropped after about 8 months. Got a good basis, so if I ever take it up again I think I can get back up to speed quickly. (Those damn Irish vowels...jeez.)

But I have a soft-spot in my heart for the Brythonic celtic languages. I started looking through the Breton book and listening to the first lesson's free audio (here). Wow, so much different than Cornish (its closest relative) and Welsh. So many nasalized vowels!

The funny thing was that I listened to a dialogue in the book and one of the characters was named Herve. Well, I work with a guy named Herve. I know that Herve is probably a popular French name, but who knows. I asked him today if he happened to be from Brittany. Hell, I would kick myself if I had a fluent Breton speaker down the street from me and I didn't take advantage of that.

Alas, he is from Lorraine, and is not a Breton speaker. Sigh...
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Re: So many languages, so little time. A(nother) language log (RU, EO, maybe some others)

Postby IronMike » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:12 pm

So, had my first session of L-R this morning. Listening/reading The Martian in Russian. Somehow I got an ebook that is slightly different than the audio. It's annoying, but not too distracting. I know the story from the movie (didn't read the book), so I know what I should be reading/listening. We'll see how this goes. I'm doing this for 2 weeks as the March Esperanto-Sumoo just finished on Sunday.

For the Esperanto-Sumoo I read Sur Sanga Tero by Julio Baghy. Great book and follow-up to Viktimoj. Horrible stuff happened during the Russian civil war in 1917.

The interesting thing about Baghy's two novels is they are semi-autobiographical. He actually was a prisoner of war and taught Esperanto to other prisoners while in captivity in Siberia.
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Xenoglossomania is a serious condition, cured only by collecting more languages

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SC Russian books : 16 / 50
SC Rus films : 21 / 50


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