Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby Radioclare » Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:20 pm

17 October
Went to see a relative playing in a rugby match today. First time I've ever been to a rugby match, so didn't understand a lot of what was going on :lol:

Russian
I got some Russian grammar study in before I went out. I've finished the introductory section of 'A Comprehensive Russian Grammar' now, so started the first chapter of the main book today. This opens with a section on word building. The bit I read today was a useful recap of verb prefixes.

Once I was home again later in the day I read another short story from the parallel text. This one was only about four pages of Russian, so I think I made the right decision not to mess about with counting these and adding to my Super Challenge.

Total - Russian: 52 mins, Croatian: 55 mins
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Russian SC books: 139 / 100 Russian SC films: 120 / 100

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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby Radioclare » Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:54 pm

18 October
Another Monday. The novelty of not finding lots of weekend emails when I turn on my computer still hasn't worn off :)

Russian
I had an annoying quantity of Memrise reviews today, after a couple of pretty light days over the weekend. Sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

I read another short story and learned some new words. "лысый" (bald) and "растрата" (embezzlement).

Carried on with the section on word building in my grammar book. I feel like this kind of stuff is mildly interesting, but not wildly useful. It's not like this is Esperanto where I can learn all the various suffixes etc and apply them logically. So I'm just reading through it and not attempting to memorise at the moment.

Total - Russian: 83 mins, Croatian: 61 mins
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Russian SC books: 139 / 100 Russian SC films: 120 / 100

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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby Radioclare » Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:35 pm

19 October
I unexpectedly drank port with my dinner (not something which happens very often :lol:) and it left me not feeling very energetic for the rest of the evening.

Russian
I cleared the inevitable Memrise reviews and then read another Russian short story. This was another one that fell into the category of too much description, not enough action; my Russian isn't good enough to get much out of poetic descriptions of the taiga. I learned the words "овраг" (ravine) and "дятел" (woodpecker). The latter is a bit similar to the Croatian word "djetlić", but not similar enough that I would have guessed it.

The good news is that I also got to the end of the section on word-building in my Russian grammar. So tomorrow I can start the first proper section about nouns and maybe even get far enough to do some grammar exercises :)

Total - Russian: 43 mins, Croatian: 58 mins
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Croatian SC books: 106 / 100 Croatian SC films: 170 / 100
Russian SC books: 139 / 100 Russian SC films: 120 / 100

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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby rdearman » Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:52 am

Radioclare wrote:The good news is that I also got to the end of the section on word-building in my Russian grammar. So tomorrow I can start the first proper section about nouns and maybe even get far enough to do some grammar exercises

And that is good news because .....

Allow me to paraphrase:
The good news is that I also got to the end of the water torture. So tomorrow I can start to get the first proper beatings and maybe even get far enough to receive some water boarding and dental drilling.
:lol:
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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby Radioclare » Wed Oct 20, 2021 9:45 am

rdearman wrote:Allow me to paraphrase:
The good news is that I also got to the end of the water torture. So tomorrow I can start to get the first proper beatings and maybe even get far enough to receive some water boarding and dental drilling.
:lol:


Basically yes :lol: But I was getting bored of the water torture so I'm thinking at least the beatings will give me some variety :D
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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby Radioclare » Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:21 pm

20 October
I used to get paid on the 20th of the month in my old job. In this job I get paid on the final day of the month but I haven't got used to it yet and still feel slightly disappointed every 20th :D

Russian
After the Memrise reviews I read a short story. Today's was about a hired hitman and that held my attention more than descriptions of the taiga :lol:

I started the section on nouns in my grammar book, which was quite a straightforward recap of the rules for which nouns are masculine and which feminine. Nothing particularly new here, so the exercises I did felt quite relaxing :-) There looks to be a long section about the gender of soft sign nouns, which I decided to leave for another day.

Total - Russian: 49 mins, Croatian: 55 mins, German: 42 mins
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Russian SC books: 139 / 100 Russian SC films: 120 / 100

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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby IronMike » Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:31 pm

Radioclare wrote:17 October
Went to see a relative playing in a rugby match today. First time I've ever been to a rugby match, so didn't understand a lot of what was going on :lol:

hahaha. Memories!

Dateline February 1988. West Berlin. Friend of mine from work had a rugby match (?) on Saturday. I joined a group from work as we jumped on the metro to go to an RAF base in central West Berlin. I sat on the sidelines watching this strange sport. The team my friend's team was playing occasionally stopped in front of us to huddle.

I couldn't figure out what language they were speaking. I was a B2 in Russian by this point, but I had no idea what German was supposed to sound like, apart from some sounds I heard on the U-Bahn. Still, didn't really know what the hell they were speaking. I finally asked someone.

"Uh, it's the Scottish Black Watch. They're speaking English, damn ya!"

What? That's English? Once I learned this, I listened more closely. The only word I understood out of those guys' mouths was "f^ck."
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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby Radioclare » Thu Oct 21, 2021 9:58 pm

IronMike wrote:What? That's English? Once I learned this, I listened more closely. The only word I understood out of those guys' mouths was "f^ck."


I can believe this :lol: :lol:

21 October
Worked in the office today and then went out for a meal afterwards, which involved a certain quantity of wine.

Russian
That means not so much Russian this evening. I cleared my Memrise reviews, learned another 10 words and then watched two episodes of 'Кухня'. I've now got to the end of season 2 :)

Total - Russian: 60 mins, Croatian: 55 mins
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Russian SC books: 139 / 100 Russian SC films: 120 / 100

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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby Radioclare » Fri Oct 22, 2021 8:33 pm

22 October
Feeling kind of tired this evening after some energetic yoga.

Russian
That means it's another pretty boring update, I'm afraid.

I cleared my Memrise reviews and then couldn't face another difficult short story, so decided to watch a couple of episodes of 'Кухня' instead. I've been finding it really funny recently and I find that if I can force myself to concentrate on it, my comprehension is enough to follow and enjoy the storyline. Sometimes concentrating enough is the challenge! After I'd watched two episodes today, I decided I wasn't going to be able to focus enough for a third.

Total - Russian: 57 mins, Croatian: 55 mins
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Russian SC books: 139 / 100 Russian SC films: 120 / 100

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Re: Radioclare's 2021 log (Russian, Croatian)

Postby Radioclare » Sat Oct 23, 2021 9:16 pm

23 October
I've spent most of today sorting out travel plans for a trip I might be setting off on this time next week. But a week is a long time in these Covid times, so who knows whether it will actually happen!

Russian
Before I disappeared down a rabbit hole of looking up accommodation on booking.com, I got my Russian study done :) I cleared the Memrise reviews first thing, then read not one but two short stories out of my parallel text book. That was to compensate for having skipped a few days of reading in the week. The end of this book is now in sight - I might even finish it tomorrow.

I spent half an hour or so working through the section on the gender soft sign nouns in 'A Comprehensive Russian Grammar'. This grammar is so comprehensive that I by no means mastered all the different rules and exceptions to rules today. But I feel like I have a bit of a better grasp of the subject and some ideas of what to look out for when trying to determine the gender of a soft sign noun in future. If in doubt, assume it's feminine :lol:

Total - Russian: 56 mins, Croatian: 72 mins, German: 100 mins
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Croatian SC books: 106 / 100 Croatian SC films: 170 / 100
Russian SC books: 139 / 100 Russian SC films: 120 / 100


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