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by Cavesa
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: Con calma, a new and better log for 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1526

Re: Con calma, a new and better log for 2017

Closing the forum and all other tempting websites till tomorrow. I am considering that Habitica extension that would punish me for dwelling here for too long and give me exp and gold for elearning. Too much trouble setting it up, I'll do it next time. If I fail tomorrow, I'm gonna have some more pro...
by Cavesa
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Language Challenges
Topic: The Super Challenge - Why 5,000 pages, or 150 hours?
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: The Super Challenge - Why 5,000 pages, or 150 hours?

Yes, it is arbitrary, but it works. It does move us forward, it does motivate us to read/listen more, so it is great. Personally, I am more for 10000 pages as an SC, my usual goal, and 20000 as Super Super Challenge for enthusiasts (the usual double challenge). In general, we can all sign up for mor...
by Cavesa
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Study Groups
Topic: The French C1/C2 Group
Replies: 46
Views: 855

Re: The French C1/C2 Group

Ouch! I should feel flattered (and I probably do), but I feel a sudden urge to go back in all my previous logs and censure lots of stuff out :-D In some ways, my logs are a warning "don't do this". It really feels weird, but thanks :-)
by Cavesa
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: Lilly's log - French, Russian and Spanish
Replies: 332
Views: 13141

Re: Lilly's log - French, Russian and Spanish

Wow, ambitious plans! But totally realistic in your case!

I am looking forward to having more time for Spanish again. Reading your log, and those of other Spanish learners of approximately my level or a bit higher, really makes me regret missing out on so much fun!
by Cavesa
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: Lingvist
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Re: Lingvist

I wouldn't hold that against them at all, if they did only a few languages, just really well. And in such a case, I'd wish them all the hand shaking they dream of. But after my try of Lingvist French, I simply wouldn't recommend it to a beginner, as I think a beginner should be exposed to vocabulary...
by Cavesa
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Study suggests even moderate drinking could affect language fluency
Replies: 30
Views: 1221

Re: Study suggests even moderate drinking could affect language fluency

The research on the cardiovascular effects of small doses of alcohol is pretty reliable, and the numbers of CV diseases in countries with the reasonable approach to alcohol compared to the bad approach speak quite clearly. Of course that doesn't mean doctors would encourage people to drink, the bad...
by Cavesa
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Grammar while speaking
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Grammar while speaking

Number one for me were the tv series. Those really automatized everything.
Grammar exercises (if you put them under the drills) are another very useful element, to get rid of recurring mistakes.
by Cavesa
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Study Groups
Topic: The French C1/C2 Group
Replies: 46
Views: 855

Re: The French C1 Group

If anyone is wondering what is so hard about DALF writing: http://uneanneeaulycee.blog.lemonde.fr/2017/04/27/etude-de-documents-les-ecueils-a-eviter/ This. And don't forget that the line in picture 3 lies a bit more to the left or to the right, depending on the genre of the assignment. I hope I have...
by Cavesa
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: Con calma, a new and better log for 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1526

Re: Con calma, a new and better log for 2017

Thank you. My studies are not going well. I really could do with a study partner. You know, a friend with whom to sit and study, both hesitating to make yet another break while the other one goes on. I am alone. And I feel very lonely with the task. When I'll have passed my next exam, I'll buy some ...
by Cavesa
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Study Groups
Topic: The French C1/C2 Group
Replies: 46
Views: 855

Re: The French C1 Group

Don't forget that the TCF certificate is valid for only 2 years, while DALF is yours for the rest of your life. This isn't necessarily a disadvantage, for example if you are unsure and/of know you'd like to "upgrade" your certification in a few years anyways, than TCF might be a strategica...

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