Yet another post by the most important person ever in the history of man. No need for an introducion as my (user)name is above this post, sorry, i mean as we all know who I am.
Yep it's me, try not to faint.
Here's my ahem, final? routine, well at least with all it's gory detail.
First two hours of French every day
(alternating which of the 2 hrs I begin with each day) :
-----------1st hour (or 2nd hour
every other day)Extensive reading :
15 min SRS
+45 min of :
(alternating between 2 books)A 'real book'
currently reading :
• Le Régime Cétogène contre le cancerAn easy French reader/graded book
(with a view to increasing difficulty and making my way through a large collection of such books, bilingual books etc):
• whatever 'Easy French Reader' currently in use.
----------------2nd hour (or 1st hour
every other day)Attentive listening
15 min SRS
+ 45 min of :
(alternating again between 2 things)A series :
• Sex and the City (dubbed)
Note that what i'm finding works well here is 1st to watch an entire episode extensively (in French audio, maybe FR subs too) ~20-25min. Then, with the last 20 minutes to go back to the earlier episodes that i'm still working on and pull apart the detail by pausing and repeating, listening very carefully to the dialogue while using the unmatched FR subs as clues if needed to attune my ears to what it is I should be hearing.
Later could use (recent suggestions from various users here on the forum included):
• Girls (doublé)
• Game of Thrones (doublé)
• Buffy (scripts avail)
• The Wire (doublé)
• Eureka (doublé)
• Lost Girl (doublé?)
• Les Revenants
• Nos chers voisins
• Un gars une fille
• Caméra Café (T'scripts, avail)
• The Village
• Kaamelott (Transcripts avail.)
• Fais pas si fais pas ça
• Hero CorpDedicated programs for intensive listening:
Here I have a subscription to Yabla that I might as well make use of. It's more intensive language focus usually. I can also use RFI Journal en français facile, which has transcripts available, but probably won't so much as I tend to now use this as a listening exercise when commuting to and from work. At work if there's time, i'll try to read the transcript before returning home from work. Here I'm likely to use Yabla and later on GLOSS, as Serpent's suggestion of GLOSS seems to be a pretty decent recommendation.
• RFI Journal en FR facile (transcripts)
-----------Then after my first 2 most important hours,
are done each day, if time allows i will follow with hour blocks of study alternating between the following
15 min SRS + 45 min of :
• Bien-dire (FR learning mag)
15 min SRS + 45 min of:
• Assimil Using French
15 min SRS + 45 min de :
• Think French (FR learning mag)
----------------An exam preparation course
15 min SRS ou vocab. + 45 min of:
• Préparation à l'examen du DELF B2
The first 2 hours are the things I currently deem most important. The latter 2 hours, although some people would argue I could do much better, choose something else, I shouldn't be doing them etc allow me to still be me without these things taking priority. The good thing about them being later in the study schedule, means I must do the important stuff if I want to get to the other stuff I'd like to do (the courses and the intensive reading mag's). Thus, the set-up is motivational.
The areas I haven't mentioned in my routine are speaking and writing. I think it's too hard to include speaking in my schedule when I am not likely to be speaking at the same times all the time, thus I will simply aim to do 2 conversational sessions a week. As for writing, I currently feel it is covered in course work (exercises), writing and responding to flashcards and the like. Still I might change my mind on this later, but I don't feel I have room in the schedule for dedicated writing time just yet.
I've already largely begun the above routine. And am actually enjoying it would you believe. I've also had a conversational session this morning. It was good, and the 'teacher' said I read well with very little accent.
Also yet to do more assessing of my current level. Time hasn't permitted (I put in a request form, but no reply yet), y'know, work, family, my dog, they all get IN THE WAY of my study... ahem, i mean, everything is in balance, stay calm PM all is well (forces smile)
Oh, and six frogs just attacked me but throwing/sending/deploying 612 other frogs in my directions. Not easy being me.
As some of you may know, I speak to my daughter in French, read to her, show her French TV shows etc. That's going well. Her comprehension is excellent but she certainly doesn't choose French over English when responding to me. I have to encourage her a lot. My wife recently stated that I should speak to her in French too, as it will help me progress and help our daughter improve by hearing yet again more French. My wife is totally fine with this (I didn't force her to make the suggestion, she's fine with it- we once attempted to speak Dutch only with each other with mild success, but the situation was different. So slowly but surely I'll introduce more French into the household (my wife knows some French- perhaps A2 level and is happy to work it out as we go).
Procrastination still remains a fairly common issue. I aim to stamp this out in 2017 as my new year's revolution.. sorry resolution. Thought I was Napoleon for a second or two then. I am him though, i mean it's pretty obvious. I'm a little shocked it's not been mentioned in this thred quite frankly. I'll have to have a talk to the moderators, they're obviously editing posts, probably siding with the British or the Russians, or the Glussians, or the Zlussians. Know what I'm sayin'? How men legs have you got? Like seven? Teen?
FRY A MASSIVE FRY IN YO' FACE FOOLZ. I GOTS ME SOME SKILLS FOR REALIO, YA FEEL?
I AIN'T EVEN LIVIN'