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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Amerykanka » Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:52 pm

Chmury wrote:I would highly recommend Cuentos de Eva Luna by Allende. It was the first book of hers I read, and as the title says, it's a collection of short stories. However they all have a central female character as a protagonist and/or the narrator, which I love. I especially love the short story Walimai, which really questions and puts our western customs and values into sharp relief. It's a beautiful story. You can read it here - Walimai.

Also nice work with the 180 pages in 3 days, that's awesome! I would be very happy with that even if I was reading a book in English!

Y ¡Feliz Navidad Amerykanka! ¡Que tengas un día maravilloso!


Hola Chmury, ¡espero que tú también hayas pasado una Navidad feliz!

Gracias por la recomendación; me parece que recuerdo haber visto tus comentarios sobre el libro en tu viejo log en HTLAL. Acabo de leer "Walimai" y me ha encantado - es un cuento bonito a pesar de encerrar algunas cosas feísimas. Me gustaría familiarizarme con más de los cuentos de Allende (hasta la fecha sólo he leído "Dos palabras" y ahora "Walimai") pero por lo general no puedo leer muchos cuentos conseguidos, después de dos o tres ya me aburro, entonces creo que voy a esparcir los cuentos entre capítulos de novelas y de esta manera disfrutaré de ellos lo máximo posible.

Ay, y casi me olvido - ¡ayer terminé Inés del alma mía! 350 páginas dentro de una semana - estoy muy orgullosa. :D Ahora tengo que escoger otro libro. Vamos a ver, mis papás me regalaron Conversación en la catedral de Mario Vargas Llosa y Como agua para chocolate de Laura Esquivel para la Navidad, y tengo San Manuel Bueno, mártir de Miguel de Unamuno bajado en mi iPad. Además tengo acceso a la biblioteca universitaria, la que tiene bastantes libros en español, sobre todo clásicos. Pensaba leer Como agua para chocolate con los del club de libros, pero me parece que van a ir muy lentamente, entonces necesitaría escoger otro libro para leer al mismo tiempo. Quizás San Manuel Bueno, mártir sea la mejor selección, ya lo empecé en el avión y me intrigó, y además es un libro relativamente corto y escrito en un estilo claro, entonces lo podría terminar pronto. No lo sé . . . hay que pensarlo.

De todos modos, ahora voy a ordenar mis cosas y descansar tras un día largo de viaje. Mañana intentaré de escribir una reseñita de Inés del alma mía.
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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Amerykanka » Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:21 am

Happy New Year, everyone!

One of my New Year's resolutions this year is . . . not to make resolutions. Okay, I'm joking, but I have indeed decided to stop setting specific goals for my language studies. It just stresses me out too much and ultimately minimizes my productivity. So this year I'm going to try a more spontaneous approach - we'll see how it goes.

Anyways, I haven't posted my review of Inés del alma mía yet, although I still intend to, but I did read San Manuel Bueno, mártir and I loved it! I really enjoy Unamuno's writings in general. Also, I was pleased that I could sit down and read the book in an evening - granted it isn't that long, maybe 60 pages?

I am also one chapter into Como agua para chocolate and I am already hooked. I can see why people rave about that book.

I would have gotten more done over the weekend but I had the (misfortune?) of becoming addicted to the TV show The 100. Seriously, it's an awesome show - it is like a mixture of Lost and The Hunger Games.

My German book got here today and I checked some books out of the library, so expect more activity soon. Incidentally, has anyone read Allende's El juego de Ripper? I'm trying to decide whether I want to buy it or not, because the library doesn't seem to have it.
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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Amerykanka » Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:31 am

Interesting language week. Not the most productive. But here goes . . .

I am reading Palmer's The Latin Language as a way of improving my knowledge of the history of Latin. I also checked out some books on introductory phonetics and phonology to help me understand Palmer's terminology. I really must give myself a crash-course in phonetics.

I read some Aristotle in Greek because we were reading it in my philosophy course and I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss. There were definitely some weird sentence patterns, but overall I was pleased with my comprehension rate.

German update - I'm going slowly through Living Language's Ultimate German Beginner-Intermediate. I've been working on my Anki decks, too. I can now say "Ich komme aus den Vereinigten Staaten" and "Ich heiße Rebecca". And my pronunciation is slightly less abysmal. At least I don't ever confuse "ei" and "ie" since my last name has "ei" in it - this is the one German spelling rule I will never forget!

I did over 700 Spanish cards today, so I am beginning to deal with the Anki Issue. I also read Chapter 2 of Como agua para chocolate and wrote a minor rant about it in the book club thread over in the Spanish forum.

And I played around with the new Polish Duolingo. I tested out of all the levels, but I was amused by sentences like "Czarna mysz pije wodę". And reminded of how terribly I've been neglecting my Polish.

Incidentally, one of my friends is currently obsessed with Japanese and this is VERY BAD for my mental stability because I've been wanting to learn a non-Indo-European language since forever and Japanese would be a wonderful candidate.
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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Mooby » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:29 am

Well, it sounds to me that you had a pretty productive week.
I need to do a 700 Anki blast myself - I'm trying to get as many 'young' cards into maturity before I add too many new ones and end up overwhelmed. I also need to check out Duolingo's Polish again, and find out what else the black mouse is doing!
All the best with your studies....
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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Amerykanka » Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:01 pm

Well, it has been about 11 months since my last post. Yikes. My excuse is grad school applications. They have kind of taken over my life.

They have not, however, managed to eliminate my language studies. Latin and Ancient Greek are going strong (yay Ovid, Euripides, and Thucydides), and I have been reading El juego de Ripper by Isabel Allende and Nad Niemnem by Eliza Orzeszkowa in Spanish and Polish respectively.

On the TV show front, I started watching that (new?) Colombian show La esclava blanca. Mixed feelings but good for listening comprehension.
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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Mooby » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:08 pm

Great to hear from you again Amerykanka.
Glad studies seem to be progessing.
(How are your Anki reviews going? :mrgreen: )
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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Amerykanka » Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:43 pm

Great to hear from you, Mooby! Hopefully I can become more active on this forum again.

Unfortunately, the news from the Anki Wars is rather grim. The Anki high command seems to have conspired with my grad school applications to ensure that skirmishes always occur on terrain highly unfavorable to me.

However, winter is coming, and I hope to receive some much-needed allies from the land of Christmas Vacation. :)
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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Chmury » Wed Nov 09, 2016 3:48 am

Amerykanka! So nice to see you back around these parts. I think I had a very similar length of time away from the forum and have slowly been becoming more active again. Good to see you've been busy with your Spanish and Polish. Still very envious of your handle of Polski, wish I had that kind of grasp of the language.

All the best with the grad school applications and hope you'll soon have some more free time for your languages!
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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Amerykanka » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:17 am

Chmury wrote:Amerykanka! So nice to see you back around these parts. I think I had a very similar length of time away from the forum and have slowly been becoming more active again. Good to see you've been busy with your Spanish and Polish. Still very envious of your handle of Polski, wish I had that kind of grasp of the language.

All the best with the grad school applications and hope you'll soon have some more free time for your languages!


I'm glad to see you're still around, Chmury! It's good to be back. I need to catch up on everyone's logs and maybe even update my own on a more regular basis.

Next semester I should have more free time, since I'll just be waiting nervously to hear back about my applications. So, language extravaganza!

Good luck with your studies!
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Re: Amerykanka's Adventures - A New Hope

Postby Amerykanka » Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:32 pm

I really wanted 2017 to be the year that I returned to the forum and kept a steady log. And now it is February and I haven't posted anything yet. Well, better late than never.

Before I describe my current goals, I want to make something clear (mostly to myself): I am going to avoid talking about my ancient languages in this log, since I am busy getting a degree in Classics and I don't want to confuse study and pleasure. I do, of course, enjoy Latin and Ancient Greek, but they are so associated with exams and applications in my mind that they can't give me the same feeling of relaxation and adventure that my modern languages do.

So. Over the last few years, I haven't been able to spend as much time on my modern languages as I would have liked - but now my academics have finally calmed down for a semester, so it is time for a resurgence. The principal players at the moment will be Spanish, Polish, and . . . Russian. After being at the top of my hit-list for years (really, since I was five), Russian is finally making an appearance. No matter what I do, the Slavic languages pull me in.

Spanish
Yesterday I FINALLY finished reading El juego de Ripper by Isabel Allende. I had been reading it for a really long time - at least half a year, probably longer - because I kept on leaving it in various locations and then never having it with me when I wanted it. But yesterday I sat down, told myself this was getting ridiculous, and read the last 200 pages or so. Can't compare with La casa de los espíritus, but pretty good. Now I have to figure out what I'm reading next. The likely choice is Carlos Ruiz Zafón's El juego del Ángel, but I also need to finish Como agua para chocolate and then I really want to reread Cien años de soledad.

As you can see, my main focus with Spanish right now is reading. But I've also been listening to a news podcast, and I should return to my beloved TV shows. I got mad at all of them and started watching Gilmore Girls, but now I am mad at Gilmore Girls AND I finished Downton Abbey, so I don't really have an excuse. Although The 100 is back, so that will take some of my time. Anyways, I still have several seasons of El internado and like 4 of Águila roja, not to mention La esclava blanca and Velvet (although I've been having trouble getting into Velvet). I should force myself to put away my anger and start watching them again.

Polish
Nad Niemnem arrived last week, and I am very excited to have a physical copy at last. The plan is to get back into reading Polish books again and then pull out my grammar books and work on reactivating my speaking and writing skills. Hopefully I will have more to report on this front soon . . .

Russian
I can finally read Cyrillic! Although I must say, all the "sh" and "ch" sounds are confusing me. I can't tell if they are equivalent to hard or soft sounds (are we talking about Polish sz and cz or ś and ć? Or both?). Щ is especially problematic, because the Polish websites I have looked at say the sound is szcz, but my English textbook says it is like "fresh sherbet". If anyone could offer some input, I would be very grateful. :)

I am taking a Russian class at the university - not because I expect to learn anything, but because this way I will have an easy class AND extra incentive to learn the language on my own. Our textbook is predictably frustrating, but I just ordered The New Penguin Russian Course for myself and I can work through that on my own.

So far I love Russian - which was to be expected. The main problem I am encountering is that I feel rather like I am reading Polish in the wrong alphabet. Particularly bad are words like ты and вы. Of course the two languages are very different, but my mind still feels betrayed and keeps rebelling.
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