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Re: Ani's 2018 Log

Postby Cavesa » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:23 pm

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Greek is great! It could have been worse, they could have insisted on learning to play the drums :-D


I see how you feel about furthering musical education. ;)

Yeah, as an amateur flutist and singer (just flutist during my childhood and teen years). My mum used to make fun of me practicing the high tones, especially the high C (C4 in the european terminology, C7 in the american one) for a few years.

Actually, I tried to convince some of my younger siblings to choose the violin or trumpet, as a sort of a mini revenge :-D

I guess she wished I had been learning Greek instead. :-D
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Postby Ani » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:11 pm

Mohave wrote:Ani - I volunteer with an organization that participates annually in an outdoor festival focused on family & kids. There are a few things with the kids that are popular that you can easily (and cheaply) do:


Thanks for the ideas!

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Xenops wrote:
Cavesa wrote:
Greek is great! It could have been worse, they could have insisted on learning to play the drums :-D


I see how you feel about furthering musical education. ;)

Yeah, as an amateur flutist and singer (just flutist during my childhood and teen years). My mum used to make fun of me practicing the high tones, especially the high C (C4 in the european terminology, C7 in the american one) for a few years.

Actually, I tried to convince some of my younger siblings to choose the violin or trumpet, as a sort of a mini revenge :-D

I guess she wished I had been learning Greek instead. :-D


Haha I didn't even write about the music portion of the interview. Oldest DS plays some piano and just started guitar so he'll continue both, DD wants to play... the ukulele :-p Its sort of funny. It's actually not a bad instrument for her. She's so tiny I'd have to buy her a guitar the size of a ukulele anyway.

I think you're right about the Greek alphabet. DS is learning to read easily. He's still in early readers but he's probably about a grade level ahead. The books we are using are so gentle. He'll either get it and progress along or he won't.

I really do need to figure out how to write Greek letters on big "learn to write" paper. Both boys really need to do some writing practice but I've just let it slide.

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Re: Ani's 2018 Log

Postby Ani » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:36 am

I'm having a total freak out over potentially talking to people in real life in French on Saturday. Every last thing that I know I don't know well enough is making me crazy. I've somehow convinced myself that only chance of making French speaking friends rests on perfect concordance des temps :-p

Kind of a shame I didn't feel this much urgency like a year ago when I quit studying and just absorbed a bunch of French. Probably would have been more useful if I had better active grammar.

I have like three days to frantically write out conjugation tables, read through special cases and triggers for the subjunctive.. And do those last 12 units of FSI.. it should only take about 30 hours.....

Actually to help myself along I did Glossika in Russian, Icelandic and Italian. I passed 1000 reps in Icelandic today and 2300 in Italian...

I really don't know the protocol for seeing if someone who is clearly fluent or native in English wants to talk to you in your/their L2. I decided just to start texting one woman in French that I'm arranging games with. Worst that happens is she writes back in English I guess.

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Edit: off topic.. DH took this video of brown bears fishing salmon today if anyone is interested. It's pretty cool :) Hopefully it shares ok.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/6CA3K1PQGPbLKgFL9
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Postby MamaPata » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:26 am

So cool! In terms of wildlife near me, I could send you a video of the cat watching the pigeons to calculate his chances of catching one. Don't think it would have quite the same vibe though!

You'll do great on Saturday.
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Postby Ani » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:10 pm

MamaPata wrote:So cool! In terms of wildlife near me, I could send you a video of the cat watching the pigeons to calculate his chances of catching one. Don't think it would have quite the same vibe though!

You'll do great on Saturday.


Thanks!

To be fair, that's not exactly "near me". Short flight. DH has some pretty cool work travel. That's in Katmai National Park, probably on the list of top 5 places to view bears in the world :)
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Re: Ani's 2018 Log

Postby Ani » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:26 am

Well I'm feeling rather demoralized today. I feel like deleting all the languages from my profile and just writing "I quit". :-p

Conveniently, that's been a hot topic around here. I pulled up a copy of rdearman's presentation. I'm going to read through it in the morning. I also dug up several novels worth of advice Cavesa has given over time to different people. Super encouraging. Leaving those open on my screen to wake up to as well. Of course along the way I found other posts by forum members that we're also helpful and encouraging.

I did have a bit of a personality revelation.. I am really terrible at everything I do.

I was kind of moping about that this evening until I realized that if I weren't terrible at it, I wouldn't do it, or at least wouldn't enjoy it. I mean, there isn't really anything I'm good at that I keep doing for fun.. maybe reading but that kind of goes along with breathing, walking, and looking at things...either I'm finding areas that I'm terrible at and trying to improve or I've dropped it/taken it off my radar. I'm sure someday I'll have more skills I can take for granted... And then I can sit around being depressed at a whole new list of things I suck at... :lol:
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Re: Ani's 2018 Log

Postby zenmonkey » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:15 am

Ani wrote:Well I'm feeling rather demoralized today. I feel like deleting all the languages from my profile and just writing "I quit". :-p


I'm surprised reading that in your log. What happened?

You seem to be someone that juggles quite a few things with a positive attitude (maybe I'm projecting from your photo) but that's what comes to mind when I read your log.

We have bad days. They don't define us.
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Re: Ani's 2018 Log

Postby PeterMollenburg » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:31 am

Also curious as to why you feel this way. I agree entirely with zenmonkey’s post, you are quite the positive person who appears to juggle a massive amount of tasks throughout your week. Perhaps its only fair you have an occasional short-circuit/meltdown/depressive episode, as its peplexing how you manage to do all you do (a LOT), so don’t be so hard on yourself! I hope you feel better soon!
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Re: Ani's 2018 Log

Postby aaleks » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:25 am

Just want to say that I agree with zenmonkey and PeterMollenburg
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Re: Ani's 2018 Log

Postby Ani » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:04 pm

zenmonkey wrote:
Ani wrote:Well I'm feeling rather demoralized today. I feel like deleting all the languages from my profile and just writing "I quit". :-p


I'm surprised reading that in your log. What happened?

You seem to be someone that juggles quite a few things with a positive attitude (maybe I'm projecting from your photo) but that's what comes to mind when I read your log.

We have bad days. They don't define us.


Maybe I am just having a bad day. Or week..
I usually do have a positive attitude (I manage to keep my whining to myself :lol: ), but I'm not sure that objectivity changes much. It gets frustrating sometimes being surrounded by so many unfinished things without the time or ability to finish them. And it's hard not to compare myself to other people who seem to accomplish mountains of things. I'm pretty far over extended right now and I think I'm crumbling.

PeterMollenburg wrote:Also curious as to why you feel this way. I agree entirely with zenmonkey’s post, you are quite the positive person who appears to juggle a massive amount of tasks throughout your week. Perhaps its only fair you have an occasional short-circuit/meltdown/depressive episode, as its peplexing how you manage to do all you do (a LOT), so don’t be so hard on yourself! I hope you feel better soon!


Thanks. I think the idea that I do a lot is an illusion.. I mean everybody does stuff at least like 10 hours a day right? Sometimes a lot more than that.
I guess I won't get very far whining to you about how I don't feel like I'm really C1 in French after 4 years and then I figure it's going to take another 4 years to get there since everyone says B2 to C1 takes longer than getting to B2 in the first place... And then that's 8 years for something other people do in a total of 9 months and I just feel terribly inadequate.
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