Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:44 pm

8 April
Another productive Monday! I'm not sure whether Mondays my most productive day of the week because everything has novelty value after the weekend, or because I've had the benefit of two proper nights' sleep over the weekend. Maybe a combination of both!

Russian
I managed to do Memrise both on the train to and the train from work today, partly because I managed to get a seat in both directions :shock: This showed me that it's actually a really good idea to do Memrise twice a day, because the vocab I've learned on the way to work will be ready for review on the way home. But despite knowing it's a good thing, I suspect I'll continue to lack the motivation to do it very often.

I was trying not to take a crazy amount of steps today so as not to unnecessarily aggravate my knee, so I didn't finish lesson 5 of Pimsleur 2 on the way to work. However, I was forced to go out of the office at lunchtime because I forgot to pack my lunch ( :cry: ) so I managed to finish it then. It was actually a pretty useful lesson; we're starting to get a gentle intro to verbs of motion. I had a meeting scheduled from 13.00 - 14.00 (why do people do this? why?!) and so forgetting my lunch was actually beneficial in a way because it gave me an excuse to go outside and have a bit of a break before the meeting.

This evening I've input the vocab from chapter 15 of TY Russian into Memrise. Again, nearly 100 new words, although some of these were the months of the year and I put them in twice - once just with the name of the month and once as "in month X" - so that I can learn where the stress falls in each instance.

Fuelled by coffee, I then started chapter 18 of TY Russian. There were couple of easy grammar points about things like indirect speech, and then it got into verbs of motion again so I decided to call it a night :lol:

Finally, I finished reading chapter 5 of Twilight :) But I haven't listened to the audio yet; maybe tomorrow!

Total time = 211 minutes. Streak = 98 days
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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:17 pm

9 April
I was working from home today, so much less productive for languages.

Russian
It was one of those days where I logged into Memrise and unexpectedly had 200 reviews. I got through those, but didn't have the motivation to learn any new vocab on top.

I watched a new video on the Russian Progress Youtube channel about Moscow, which was quite cool :) I watched it twice actually; firstly without subtitles, and then with. Watching it with subtitles confirmed that I'd understood a fair bit the first time without them, so I feel like I'm making a little bit of progress with listening.

I listened to the audiobook for chapter 5 of Twilight. It felt like quite a short chapter, but the audio still took 40 minutes. At this rate I should be doing a Super Challenge in Russian :lol: I made a start on reading chapter 6 as well but this one feels like slow progress, because it's a chapter with less dialogue and more narration, including a fair bit of description of beaches and forests. I am at the stage of language learning where I can cope with dialogue a lot better than narration.

Total time = 151 minutes. Streak = 99 days

Croatian
Today is notable because I finally passed 100 films for my Croatian Super Challenge :) I think this is the third Super Challenge that I've participated in and the first where I have managed to finish the films component before the reading :o I think this shows more than anything what a bad job I am doing at the moment of making time to read!
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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:47 pm

10 April
I feel tired today. I had back-to-back meetings this morning, followed by an afternoon of interviewing, and I didn't even have time to eat lunch properly.

Russian
It was another day of heavy Memrise reviews. I've spent nearly three quarters of an hour on Memrise today. It is genuinely really helpful - and definitely the best way I've found to make myself learn vocabulary - but today is one of those days where if it wasn't for the challenge, I probably would have slacked it off :lol:

Anyway, on the way to and from the station today I got through lesson 6 of Pimsleur 2. Not sure I learned anything earth-shattering on this one, but the speaking practice continues to be useful.

This evening I really didn't feel like doing anything much, so I didn't, but I do have good news: my passport arrived in the post today and I've got my Russian visa :) :) :)

Total time = 72 minutes. Streak = 100 days
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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Meddysong » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:57 pm

Your streak has hit 100 days too!
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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:30 pm

I didn't even realise that it was 100 days yesterday! This may be the longest I've ever kept up a streak of anything :lol:

11 April
I was lucky enough to get a lift to/from work today, so I didn't have a commute to do any studying, but that was compensated for by a longer evening :)

Russian
I got in thirty minutes or so of Memrise on the computer. There were fewer reviews today thankfully, so I was able to start learning some new vocabulary.

Once I'd done that, I input the vocab from chapter 16 of TY Russian. I'd been putting this off but it actually wasn't too painful; there were only about 50 new words.

Then I spent a couple of hours on LWT and got the end of chapter 6 of Twilight :)

Total time = 163 minutes. Streak = 101 days

I'm going to be away for the weekend at the British Esperanto Conference, so not sure whether I'll be updating my log for the next couple of days, but I'm definitely going to be trying to keep my streak :)
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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:38 pm

12 April
I decided to work from home today before finishing early to travel to Dover for the British Esperanto Conference. It was quite a hectic morning while I tried to get enough done to justify finishing at 3.

Russian
I just about managed to leave home on time for my train and the walk to the station was just long enough to get through lesson 7 of Pimsleur 2. The lessons are getting hard enough now that I have to give them my full concentration to get the answers right. I was struggling to hear a bit at times because there was a lot of traffic on the roads, so I definitely didn't get 100% on this one. I'm trying to resist the urge to go back and repeat lessons though.

I had to stand on the train to Birmingham but I had a comparatively spacious spot so was able to do Memrise most of the way. I seem to be averaging about 100 reviews per day at the moment so I'm very grateful for the speed review function on the app. I hope that continues with Decks.

The next part of my journey involved a train to London. I had a reserved seat so figured I'd be able to make some good progress with TY Russian, but the train was so packed that I didn't have space to write. I spent about 15 minutes on my current chapter before giving up; I can't do exercises with verbs of motion in my head :lol:

Instead I took out Penguin Russian, which I'd brought with me for emergencies, and started reading that for revision. I managed to focus on it for half an hour and got through the first four chapters. Bizarrely, I remember revising this textbook on the train to last year's British Esperanto Conference as well.

I've now got to London and I have another hour or so on the train to Dover, but I feel too tired/caffeine-deprived to do any more Russian, so I'm going to read some Croatian instead :-) And when I finally get there I guess I'll have to speak some Esperanto :lol:

Total time = 96 minutes. Streak = 102 days
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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:47 pm

13 April
Not a very long update today; most of the day has been taken up by attending the Esperanto conference. We had the AGM this morning, which is traditionally one of the lowlights of my year, but I survived it at least :-)

Russian
All I've managed today is Memrise! I did a bit when I woke up and then some more during gaps between lectures in the afternoon. So in total I got to 41 minutes, which at least keeps my streak, even if it doesn't feel very inspiring. In my TY Russian course I did manage to get to the end of the vocab for chapter 14.

Total time = 41 minutes. Streak = 103 days

Esperanto
Today has obviously involved a lot of Esperanto. The AGM this morning was in English, but then the afternoon was a series of lectures in Esperanto, interspersed with a quiz, and in the evening we had a concert. My Esperanto feels kind of rusty, which is to be expected given how infrequently I use it. I keep second guessing myself and stopping halfway through a sentence thinking I may be about to say a Slavic word by mistake :lol:
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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:59 pm

14 April
Just got home from Dover. I had an Esperanto-free day on my own today as a treat for surviving the AGM :lol: Well, most people were going on an excursion to Calais, but I couldn't do that because I need to be at work tomorrow, and I chose not to participate in the Dover-based excursion and make my own instead. So this morning I climbed up to the top of the white cliffs, where there is then a really beautiful coastal path that you can follow for miles. Dover is not the most happening place in the world, but the cliffs are very pretty :) I did end up having a couple of conversations in Esperanto when I bumped into people I knew during the course of the day.

Croatian
I finished reading Dan Brown's 'Digital Fortress' in Croatian, which gave me 366 pages towards the Super Challenge. I only need to read one more book now to reach 100 so I'll have to see whether I've got any more light reading waiting for me on my Croatian shelf. I don't want to read anything too strenuous in Croatian before my trip to Russia.

Russian
I didn't do any Russian until it was time to travel home. I could have done tonnes of Pimsleur during all the hours I was hiking along the cliffs if I had had the foresight to charge my iPod before I left home. Or even bring the charger with me. But I didn't, so I had to walk in silence. On the train from Dover to London I did Memrise and then when I was on the train from London to home, I watched a new video on the Russian Progress Youtube channel and spent about 35 minutes revising Penguin Russian, which took me to the end of chapter 7. This chapter had some exercises on adjective endings which I think would be good for me to re-do as practise, but it wasn't possible on the train. I may come back to them later in the week or next weekend when it's Easter :)

Total time = 81 minutes. Streak = 104 days
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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Radioclare » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:21 pm

15 April
As Mondays go, this one didn't feel terribly productive. I didn't sleep that well, and that I spent 3.5 hours stuck in pointless meetings at work, which meant I had to stay late to get some actual work done.

Russian
I'm home alone at the moment which means I had to walk into the station this morning. It takes about half an hour, so just the right amount of time to get through lesson 8 of Pimsleur 2. This lesson started to introduce days of the week, which is useful, although because it's going at Pimsleur-speed it's only covered Monday and Tuesday so far :lol:

On the train to work I did some Memrise but the train home was too cramped to do anything, because there had been a problem with another train being cancelled. By the time I got home I felt too tired to do any proper studying, so instead I listened to the audiobook for chapter 6 of Twilight (which took about half an hour) and started looking up words for chapter 7 in LWT. I would love to do LWT with a language that doesn't have cases; literally every time I think I must have defined every possible variant of a word, another version crops up as unknown :lol:

Total time = 138 minutes. Streak = 105 days
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Re: Radioclare's 2019 log (Croatian/Russian)

Postby Brun Ugle » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:59 am

When I started using LWT for Spanish, I tried calculating the number of possible forms one verb could have. When I counted up all the variations of person, number, tense, mood, plus the various combinations of clitics that could be added to certain verb forms, I found that there were well over 200 possible forms of each verb. Of course not all the forms are possible for all verbs and some are unlikely to be used even if possible, but it’s still a lot. I also like to include every possible definition of a word, so I ended up making an Excel sheet with the verbs so I could just paste the definitions in. Fortunately nouns and adjectives are pretty easy in Spanish.

I suppose every language has its difficulties if you want to use LWT. German has compound nouns and separable verbs, which LTW doesn’t notice the other half of. So even if you’ve defined a verb, it doesn’t mean you’ve defined it for the right separable prefix for the current sentence. And then there are agglutinative languages where they just keep adding another bit to the word like LEGO bricks. And languages like Chinese and Japanese where there are no spaces.
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