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by jeffers
Fri May 26, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Learn all 24 EU languages
Replies: 71
Views: 6073

Re: Learn all 24 EU languages

I just found this thread, and it looks like an interesting project! One method that occurred to me would be to find language textbooks for your next language in one of your previous languages. It isn't hard to find French and German based textbooks for loads of languages, but you might want to scout...
by jeffers
Fri May 26, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: 3 Month Plan - Writing (thoughts welcomed)
Replies: 13
Views: 891

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?
by jeffers
Thu May 25, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Stuck at an A1 Level - German
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Stuck at an A1 Level - German

I would say when i do think of how to say things in German, the vocabulary is there mostly but the word order is not correct which puzzles me how its that bad. I agree that the solution is to speak more, however lack of vocabulary isn't the problem, it is forming sentences and past the basics (usua...
by jeffers
Tue May 23, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: PM's French Target: C1 2018
Replies: 897
Views: 41854

Re: PM's French Courses Mission

I may have missed this, but could you tell us how long the audio clips were? From your description, it seems that the listening component works like a traditional "listening comprehension exercise"; i.e. listen to an extract and answer a bunch of questions about it. I guess that shouldn't ...
by jeffers
Tue May 23, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: Assimil mp3 CD "lyrics" metadata?
Replies: 6
Views: 426

Re: Assimil mp3 CD "lyrics" metadata?

On my android phone, using Rocket player, I am able to display "lyrics" for assimil russe (mp3 version) but unable for assimil arabe (mp3 version)? Using puddletag (thanks Ingaræð), I can see that the "lyrics" are stored in the 'unsyncedlyrics' tag. Could it be a problem with Ro...
by jeffers
Mon May 22, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Is binge-reading of any value?
Replies: 56
Views: 2467

Re: Is binge-reading of any value?

I certainly agree that you should choose reading material that you enjoy. But the issue here is the value of binge-reading per se not whether narrow reading is better than binge-reading. One could binge-read "narrowly". How efficient is that? My point, which was an expansion of your own o...
by jeffers
Mon May 22, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Is binge-reading of any value?
Replies: 56
Views: 2467

Re: Is binge-reading of any value?

3. You have to choose your text or book carefully. Literary fiction is full of narratives and descriptions that use a very wide vocabulary. All of this makes for very tough slogging. And for what purpose? Much of this vocabulary is hardly used in everyday speech, and there are other things that sho...
by jeffers
Sun May 21, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Learning by listening to songs
Replies: 11
Views: 473

Re: Learning by listening to songs

I listen to music in all the languages I'm learning, as well as a few others. Whenever I start a new language, I begin to search for music I like in that language. It's a language activity that can be done anytime even while doing other things. I'm listening to Alain Bashung right now, having finish...
by jeffers
Mon May 15, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Study Groups
Topic: Le groupe français 2016 - 2017 Les Voyageurs
Replies: 1101
Views: 58122

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2017 Les Voyageurs

A very, very basic question. I have started writing a daily French diary to practice my active/writing skills but it raises a question. I have my computer keyboard set up so that when I want to enter French accents in a word, I can do so by typing a certain combination of keys: four keys to be exac...
by jeffers
Mon May 15, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Study Groups
Topic: Le groupe français 2016 - 2017 Les Voyageurs
Replies: 1101
Views: 58122

Re: Le groupe français 2016 - 2017 Les Voyageurs

Want to learn French numbers and the French alphabet, as well as tonnes of vocab ? Ditch the courses and just watch this !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxhdWORGLi8 A couple of episodes and you'll be good to go. At a quick glance (and I can't have sound on right now), that looks like a French ga...

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