CarlyD's 2020 Log--mostly German

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CarlyD
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Re: CarlyD's 2020 Log--mostly German

Postby CarlyD » Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:15 pm

My yearly log post. :D

My streak for Memrise is currently 303 days. I've turned off the counting clock--I don't think it made me come up with answers any faster, and I seemed to spend too much time looking at the clock to see how much time was left.

I just signed up for Ollie Richards German 30-Day Verb Challenge, to start Sept. 1st. He has different challenges for Spanish, French and a few more. This one is for proper verb placement. They let you download Day 1 now, and I can already see that it's a bit over my current level, so the 15 minutes a day to read the chapter, listen to the teacher and do the exercises (as stated in the class info) will probably be closer to an hour for me if I'm having to look up words.

I'm hoping this will get me over the semi-burnout. Half the time I want to set German aside for the rest of the year, and the other half I want to do All The Things.

Maybe I'll take a break after the 30 day verb challenge.
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366 Challenge German and Spanish: 274 / 366
Super Challenge German Films: 20 / 4500
Super Challenge German Books: 223 / 2500
Super Challenge Spanish Films: 0 / 9000
Super Challenge Spanish Books: 0 / 5000

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Re: CarlyD's 2020 Log--mostly German

Postby CarlyD » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:05 pm

Memrise is broken. You can do your reviews or learn new words, but it doesn't acknowledge them and the streak count is frozen at Sunday's count. They're working on it, but my streak is well over 300 days, and I'm hoping it doesn't get lost. :(

Otherwise, I'm just plugging along. It seems like my reading is better--running across some post on Facebook, I'm more likely to either be able to read it or at least figure parts of it out--but I'm still "officially" at A1 according to the tests. Frustrating.

Olly Richards just came out with a new book, about using social media in your language. It's Spanish, but he asked people if they wanted it in other languages, so hopefully enough people requested German. Most of my Spanish now is just in my online cactus group, where we have a lot of people from Mexico and South America posting cactus pictures. It's nice to go back and forth in Spanish, but I probably should find more places to practice before it starts to slide.
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366 Challenge German and Spanish: 274 / 366
Super Challenge German Films: 20 / 4500
Super Challenge German Books: 223 / 2500
Super Challenge Spanish Films: 0 / 9000
Super Challenge Spanish Books: 0 / 5000

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Re: CarlyD's 2020 Log--mostly German

Postby CarlyD » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:43 pm

To finish the last post--I talked to the people at Memrise and my streak was preserved when it got fixed. My streak is currently at 345 days. :P

So I started a 90-day Challenge/Project/Whatever. I'm tired of hearing about the election, about covid, and people just aren't being nice, even in my neighborhood watch group, so I plan to ignore it all until the end of the year. I'm putting a lot more time into German, but still don't have a formal plan in place. I guess at least if the ignoring/working harder is working, that's ok.

I just finished Day 12 of the German Personal Pronoun Challenge being run by Ollie Richards. My understanding of pronouns even in 12 days has more than doubled and I'm amazed at how such a simple concept--take anything and hit it everyday for 30 days--can make such a difference.

I'm already thinking how I can make my own challenges. A particular verb tense? The dreaded Dative? (Which I've studied so much it isn't really dreaded anymore.) Word order, clauses? I'm still running 45 minutes a day for the challenge, but 30 or more of that is reading the 1 to 1 1/2 page chapter, which is well over my level, considering they're teaching basic pronouns. So this could seriously be a 10 to 15 minute a day project. Hmmm..... I have some plans to make.

Right now, I'm doing:
* German Uncovered. Just starting Chapter 9. Each chapter is very involved--read the chapter (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pages), then there's a lecture on cognates, on vocabulary, 15 to 17 pages of vocabulary homework, lecture on grammar, 15 to 17 pages of grammar homework, lecture on pronunciation, speaking assignments and a short test. It can take a week per chapter.
* German Personal Pronoun Challenge
* Clozemaster--about 15 minutes a day
* Memrise--2 vocabulary courses, a travel phrase course, German 3 and German 4 (both of which have a big emphasis on Learn with Locals)
And I'm supposed to be doing GermanPod and Rocket German, but I haven't figured out how to fit it all into my day.

And lastly--I took another German placement test. I scored a solid A2. I just wish it had been a more "official" test and I could truly trust the results.
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366 Challenge German and Spanish: 274 / 366
Super Challenge German Films: 20 / 4500
Super Challenge German Books: 223 / 2500
Super Challenge Spanish Films: 0 / 9000
Super Challenge Spanish Books: 0 / 5000

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Re: CarlyD's 2020 Log--mostly German

Postby CarlyD » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:14 pm

I am broken.

In German Uncovered, I'm on Chapter 9. Apparently they decided that the first 8 chapters were enough to get you fluent, and they can throw anything at you in 9. In the lecture, she gave a number of sentences in English that "I'm sure you can easily write in German by now" Um....no, I couldn't.

In one of the vocabulary exercises I got every question wrong. Later exercises were in paragraph form--fill in the blanks to make a complete sentence. Then gave sentences I couldn't even translate, let alone figure out which word should go there. I took a look at the grammar exercises, and this week's theme is prepositions that take either dative or accusative, and figuring out motion and location and what process they're expressing.

My other project is the 30-day German Pronoun Challenge. While we were on personal pronouns, it was ok. The daily chapter was difficult but I was using Google Translate as a back-up and was mostly figuring it out. Now we've started the possessive pronouns, which I understand, so it's a matter of sorting out the endings depending on gender and case. But the daily chapters are killing me. Even Google Translate can't figure them out. In the daily lecture, she goes over 3 sentences in the chapter to explain that day's concept. And it's not making sense. Part of me is ready to bail--does it make sense to do something for 30 days if you don't know what you're doing? The other part says to stick it out.

*deep breath*

Ok, I'm going to skate this weekend. Do my Memrise and Clozemaster and regular stuff and set both of the above aside. Then I'm going to restart Chapter 9 from the beginning, and take it slower, no matter how long it takes.

The daily challenge I'm still not sure about. I could either let it slide for awhile, or go slower. The only reason to keep up was the daily check-in in the Facebook group, but very few people have been doing that anyway.

This is the kind of thing that makes me run back and hide in Spanish.
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366 Challenge German and Spanish: 274 / 366
Super Challenge German Films: 20 / 4500
Super Challenge German Books: 223 / 2500
Super Challenge Spanish Films: 0 / 9000
Super Challenge Spanish Books: 0 / 5000


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