School started again. Going from sleeping in to waking up at 5:20am is like being slapped in the face. Also, what higher up in the district decided to have everything
due the week after Spring Break? Ya'll are lucky I can still remember all of my students' names. Update!Forest App
Best app next to Anki so far. If it didn't log in how much time I spent on each activity and what
that activity was then these updates would be a lot shorter. lol
I studied 13 hours this past Spring Break, which brings up my total for 2019 to around 39 hours (not counting all the times where I didn't use the app, like during small breaks at work or while waiting at the doctor's.) I'm so close to being able to buy another tree for my forest. Finnish for Foreigners
So I picked this lovely gem again, right on Chapter 27. I. spent. 3 hours
. on it. I like to take my time by writing out the entire sentence, making notes when I correct my work, and re-reading my work aloud. This chapter dealt with the Imperfect, which was great because it's definitely the tense where I need the most practice. The textbook's way of separating the different verb groups was very helpful, and I'm going to refer to that whenever I practice.
Some things I found that I need to work on for the future:
1. Consonant gradation, such as the patterns I tend to forget (like v --> p) and which verb groups use which patterns. I'm very comfortable with verbs in Group 1 (verbs that end in two vowels). However, that means I have the habit of applying those gradation rules to other verbs. One mistake I did was omitting the K in pakata
, when actually, the rule was K-->KK.
2. The verb käydä
. I have a good idea how it's used and can recognize what cases to use with it, but have I actually practiced it in my writing? That's a no. Which is why that section of the Exercises was riddled with mistakes. So I'm going to read up on its usage and practice it in some sentences.
3. The reflexive pronoun joka
. Here I have the opposite problem. I'm having issues deciphering exactly what it means once it's in a specific case. Practice is in order.
Lastly I still need to finish three things for this chapter. One is the Word Review, the second is a writing practice using the Imperfect (it says not to use the Negative Imperfect because they haven't covered that, but welp, I've practiced it too much to not
use it), and the reading passage. Yikes is that reading passage going to take me a while. It's more of an informational piece than the narrative ones I'm used to. Grammar
I practiced some writing using the Assimil vocabulary I hadn't added yet. Practiced a little bit of the passive.
Most notably, I practiced declining nouns into the Genitive Plural, the Partitive Singular, and the Partitive Plural. Just like when I first started conjugating verbs, it was more frustrating than fun. Checking the rules, only to go back and scratch out the wrong answer isn't the most uplifting thing, but I did see the patterns begin cropping up the more examples I used.
After that, I practiced the Partitive Plural by writing some sentences. Assimil
I continued reviewing past chapters in 30 minute intervals. It's amazing how some things just click easier the third or fourth time you're reviewing than when you first began the lesson. For example, I noticed how much easier it was to pick up on the use of the Imperfect, Negative Imperfect, and the few examples of the Perfect without needing to stop and re-read it. Or how the expressions pitää seuraa
and tehdä hallaa
use the Allative (-lle) case.
Also, as I was reviewing I wrote down the vocabulary I haven't added to Anki yet. My plan is to practice writing with them before adding them in, so I'm more than just passively familiar with them.
I managed to review up to Lesson 58. I'll go over Lesson 59 and 60 sometime tomorrow before starting Lesson 61 for the first time. Words found in the Wild
This section is also known as: "where I remember that word from a song so suddenly that I get whiplash".
- heard it in the Darkwing Duck theme song. It came back to me when I declined "vaarallinen" and asked myself, "Where I have heard this word said menacingly?"
- finally looked up "ruokapalkka" because Assimil wasn't really clear on it, and yep; "salary enough to pay for food only" is definitely something we can relate toQuestion Time!
Why does Finnish for Foreigners suck the life out of me in return for knowledge and pretty good exercises?
1. I first learned minulla on nälkä
, but Assimil also uses minun on nälkä
and that's the only place where I've seen it used. (Thought in 101 Dalmations I did hear just on nälkä
). Can both of these be used interchangeably?