Le singe est dans l'arbre [EN->FR]

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Re: Le singe est dans l'arbre [EN->FR]

Postby badger » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:12 pm

haven't written one of these for a while ...

I've had quite a lot of other stuff going on, so bits & pieces really. still plugging away through the Harry Potter books - I just noticed that I passed the 7,000 page mark towards my 10,000 page reading target, which is quite gratifying. I have reached a level where I can follow YouTube videos in French & it helps with vocab for areas which interest me, as well as general listening comprehension. obviously it helps to have some visual cues/clues, but I'm pleasantly surprised how much I can follow & it makes a nice change from reading about Le Quiddich. ;)
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Re: Le singe est dans l'arbre [EN->FR]

Postby badger » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:43 am

note to self: "un ouragan" is "a hurricane" not "an orangutang" although the latter can be more amusing, depending on context.
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Re: Le singe est dans l'arbre [EN->FR]

Postby badger » Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:19 am

finished Harry Potter #5 - up to 8k pages of my 10k target. I'm going to read something that's not Arry Potteur next.

it's been too nice lately to do much proper studying, so I've just been reading, & watching stuff on YouTube to keep myself ticking over. I do need to do some grammar though - my verb conjugation has slipped since I haven't been Anki'ing & has slipped from being quite bad to being atrocious. :(
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Re: Le singe est dans l'arbre [EN->FR]

Postby badger » Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:58 pm

finished Harry Potter #6 - 9k pages total now.
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Re: Le singe est dans l'arbre [EN->FR]

Postby badger » Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:55 pm

yay! hit my 10k pages of French! only 2/3rds of it was Harry Potter.

time to read something else. who knows, maybe even something originally written in French. :shock:
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Re: Le singe est dans l'arbre [EN->FR]

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:35 pm

badger wrote:yay! hit my 10k pages of French! only 2/3rds of it was Harry Potter.

time to read something else. who knows, maybe even something originally written in French. :shock:
Pardon the interruption, but 10,000 pages of French is 10,000 pages of French. You deserve a big pat on the back, and consider this post to be one. Any ideas what "real" French you'll read next?
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Re: Le singe est dans l'arbre [EN->FR]

Postby badger » Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:21 pm

MorkTheFiddle wrote:Pardon the interruption, but 10,000 pages of French is 10,000 pages of French. You deserve a big pat on the back, and consider this post to be one. Any ideas what "real" French you'll read next?

thank you. I am quite pleased with myself. :)

I have a few French-French books to read: "L'elegance du Herisson", "Meursault, contre-enquête", a couple of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's flying-related books, plenty to keep me going for a while.

plus some more non-french-French books too. :D
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Re: Le singe est dans l'arbre [EN->FR]

Postby badger » Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:02 pm

bonjour à tous :)

it's now two years since I picked up L'Étranger (& a French-English dictionary) after 30 years of no language learning, so how far have I come?

in my first post in my log I said I'd like to be able to read a French newspaper: check; watch French TV shows: semi-check, I get quite a lot of it, but not so much when speech is at light-speed, which the French seem to like so much; and hold a conversation: fail - I just haven't tried, be that iTalki, or classes or whatever.

I can't remember if I've said this before on the forum, but I have a mild stutter/stammer & have enough trouble speaking my native language at times, so it might seem perverse that I'd be interested in learning a foreign language. however my interest in language learning is really more about being able to access culture & thought outside of the the Anglophonosphere than about being able to discuss the price of berets in a café. nevertheless, I think it's about time I bit the bullet & did some actual speaking, even if just to add another vector of learning. :D

anyway, after completing my 10k pages of French & finishing off Harry Potter #7 I've just been doing bits & pieces. I tried to get into Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, but the language is a bit flowery to be very useful so I've shelved that for now. I've mostly been just watching French YouTube - the same sort of things I'd watch in English, just in French (I wish people wouldn't put background music behind speaking) & training my ear to hear how I'd see things written on a page.

donc, going forward my plan is:

1. speak to a French person
2. speak to another French person
3. lots more watching/listening
4. read some originally-written-in-French French - seeing as how we've gone into Lockdown II here, La Peste might be appropriate, which I didn't get around to in Lockdown I

à plus tard :)
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