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by the1whoknocks
Sat May 27, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: 3 Month Plan - Writing (thoughts welcomed)
Replies: 13
Views: 673

Re: 3 Month Plan - Writing (thoughts welcomed)

The plan looks good. As you know, the only way it could fail is if you don't do it. I'd be keen to follow a log about your progress with this writing plan; do you have a log? Thanks, jeffers! It's quite the change, since routines like the one above are not something I usually do. Still, I'm willing...
by the1whoknocks
Fri May 26, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Language logs
Topic: A(nother) Spanish Log - Transition from Intermediate to Advanced
Replies: 41
Views: 2119

Re: A(nother) Spanish Log - Transition from Intermediate to Advanced

I’ve never been one for routines, but I’d like to try something new. Starting June 1, I commit to devoting 4 hours per day towards improving my Spanish, for 10 weeks. Every two weeks, I’ll choose a topic of interest. I’ve already decided on five topics that either have high conversational value, or ...
by the1whoknocks
Fri May 26, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: 3 Month Plan - Writing (thoughts welcomed)
Replies: 13
Views: 673

Re: 3 Month Plan - Writing (thoughts welcomed)

Although not exactly the same, I did something similar during a week-long intensive Spanish class in Guatemala. I was working one-on-one with a teacher for four hours a day, and I was interested in both improving my Spanish and learning more about Guatemalan culture. Every day I chose a local newsp...
by the1whoknocks
Thu May 25, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: 3 Month Plan - Writing (thoughts welcomed)
Replies: 13
Views: 673

Re: Forums

Absolutely true in my case, and I’m still a bit surprised I hadn’t considered that more seriously until reading your post. For all the benefits you mentioned, I’m going to keep searching for possible candidates. I hope you’ll share any forum that meets your criteria … I’d be really interested to ch...
by the1whoknocks
Thu May 25, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: RR in Spanish when you can't trill
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: RR in Spanish when you can't trill

I know you asked for comments from those who cannot trill R’s in Spanish, but I thought I’d share my story since I wasn’t always able to do so. Others already gave some pretty solid tips, so I’ll try not to repeat all that. Learning to trill R’s in Spanish was a gradual process that spanned at least...
by the1whoknocks
Mon May 22, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: 3 Month Plan - Writing (thoughts welcomed)
Replies: 13
Views: 673

Re: Forums

I might have a means of complementing your plan. As one aspect of my future approach, I plan to rack up notable writing practice using vbulletin message forums similar to this very forum. For myself, and I suspect others reading this, forum participation is one of those things that is so obvious, y...
by the1whoknocks
Wed May 17, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Language logs
Topic: Alex's Mission Log - B1 to C1 Spanish in 90 days.
Replies: 16
Views: 469

Re: Alex's Mission Log - B1 to C1 Spanish in 90 days.

I decided to start with a light commitment of one book because - all told - reading books isn't something I really like to spend a lot of time doing, even in English. I'll see how quickly I can get through The Magician's Nephew. If I find that reading it was helpful and fun, I'll press on with more...
by the1whoknocks
Fri May 12, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Is binge-reading of any value?
Replies: 53
Views: 1706

Re: Is binge-reading of any value?

I think so. I suspect that binge reading could be valuable similar to the reasons extensive reading and listening are helpful. One such way might be feel for the language. The way I think of it, the more exposure I get to the language, the better my feel for it becomes; regardless of where this expo...
by the1whoknocks
Fri May 12, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: A(nother) Spanish Log - Transition from Intermediate to Advanced
Replies: 41
Views: 2119

Re: A(nother) Spanish Log - Transition from Intermediate to Advanced

Generally, any time I get reminded that I'm speaking a foreign language, my speaking deteriorates. If I can forget that fact, I speak much better. This! Now that I think about it, the same is true for me and I think something that happened recently illustrates that well. I let a compliment go to my...
by the1whoknocks
Wed May 10, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: Chmury - Un Cielo Claro
Replies: 97
Views: 4737

Re: Chmury - Un Cielo Claro

Disculpa por favor la demora en responderte, Chmury. Todavía me cuesta algo de tiempo redactar en español y no quería contestarte en inglés. Gracias por el podcast que compartiste en tu última entrada, es una pena que esté en inglés porque aporta unos hechos muy interesantes. Hallé un canal de YouTu...

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