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Re: Lingua's 2020 Italian, German, Portuguese Log (+ dabbling in Latin, Sicilian & dialects)

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:10 pm
by lingua
Clozemaster: New: 50 & Reviewed: 254 (multiple choice)
MHz Choice: Kommíssarín Lucas S1E8-10 (195 mins)
PMP: German Verb Tenses: 12.6--12.11

I continued with unit 12 of PMP which covers the past tense. This unit is longer than most so I have a ways to go. As mentioned before the concept itself is easy enough but trying to remember all the irregularities is not. The one thing I didn't quite understand was what makes a verb weak or strong. There wasn't a clear explanation. Unfortunately, the Assimil book still hasn't arrived.

I watched two episodes of Kommíssarín Lucas and part of episode 8. The problem with this episode was that Lucas was taken as a hostage and it was too unbelievable for my taste. This show series is from the early 2000s and Lucas is a strong woman but they still treat her character in some sexist ways that ends up annoying me. I liked this series at first but the last few episodes are getting to be a bit much. Also there has been an uptick in violence which I have no tolerance for. I like the process of catching the criminal and have no interest in experiencing the crime itself. This concludes season 1 and if season 2 continues on in this way I'll move on to something else.

Clozemaster: New 140 & Reviewed 212 (text input)
PTLab: Beginner Short Stories Madeira Tem Sabor ep1 Podcast: Café das 3 (58 mins)
Wrote: 60 words

I listened to two Beginner Short Stories on PT Lab: A primeira conversa -- a Maria & A primeira conversa -- o Carlos. In both cases it was a short description of where they lived, what languages they spoke what they were studying or where they were working etc. After that there were a series of questions that I had to answer. I focused on pronunciation since that is still a weak spot. I also used this as a basis to write a few words about myself using the same information. It was pretty short though.

I found a bunch of podcasts and video shows under gastronmia on I have listened to several episodes of the podcast Café das 3 where a host interviews Chef Vítor Sobral. I find the host somewhat easy to understand but the Chef less so. But I feel like I'm getting the rhythm of the language. Madeira Tem Sabor is a newer series about the island of Madeira. The first episode was on bananas. I honestly understood very little but could make out some words and got the gist just from the video side. It was still interesting to see how they cut the bananas, wash them and repackage them until they end up in the market. Also how green they were.

Clozemaster: Reviewed: 104 (text input)

Latin gets very little attention. I'm just trying to keep up with Clozemaster and Memrise reviews.

Reading: Scrivere bene (o quasi) by Elisabetta Perini <-- 68%
Reading: L'imperfetta meraviglia by Andrea De Carlo <-- 14%
MHz Choice: Imma Tataranni Sostituto Procuratore S1E6 (119 mins)
MHz Choice: Una pallottola nel cuore S3E2 (93 mins)
Italian Easy Reader: Part 1 Ex6-8
Wrote: 345 words

I wrote again this week a little more than last week. I also have two subjects to write on this week from the Easy Reader book. I'm sad that this was the last episode of Imma Tataranni as I enjoyed it. Tataranni is a deputy prosecutor with a photographic memory. She gets involved in the solving of the murder which sometimes gets her into hot water with her boss. It is also a humorous show. Mimi from Montalbano plays a bad guy in this series. There is supposed to be a second season but because of covid it looks like it won't be filmed until next year.

I would have liked to say that I'm getting more done since I gave up news except I didn't completely give it up though I read far less of it than before. It was harder than I thought it would be and I still want to keep up on covid to some degree. I will continue to try to wean myself off of it more in the coming week.

I finished I fratelli Lumière e la straordinaria invenzione del cinema by Luca Novelli. The family was in the photography business and the brothers shot short films in the late 1800s and also worked on some of the first techniques for color film. This book followed the biography and mini-dictionary that most of them did but then followed up with some assignments for kids to make their own movie.

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Re: Lingua's 2020 Italian, German, Portuguese Log (+ dabbling in Latin, Sicilian & dialects)

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:54 pm
by lingua
I've completed Scrivere bene (o quasi) by Elisabetta Perini. In spite of the subject matter I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There are seven primary sections and they cover the following:

Punctuation: usage of the period, comma, colon, semicolon, parenthesis, font (bold, underline, italic), lists and structure (paragraphs, headings, etc). This isn't really a whole lot different than in English.

Latin words & foreign words: usage of latin and foreign words clarifying endings for plurals and such. The author is clearly biased against the use of what she referred to as itangliano and advises that one always use the Italian when it exists.

Right or wrong: problem words (or spelling) and regional differences (for example for watermelon: cocomero or anguria), etc.

Common expressions: politically correct language, usage of ecco (here), order of personal pronouns, words that get confused (because of their similarity), etc

"Rebellious" verbs (irregularities): problematic irregular verbs, verbs with two choices (devo, debbo for example), etc

How to write: conventions, abbreviations, usage of capital letters, numbers, etc

Pinch of style: this covered style in the sense of your audience: formal vs informal, burocratese, etc.

This was an easy read for what is a somewhat dry subject. The author interjects little blocks of "did you know" to cover some interesting point about a word. Or "a little etymology" which explained the probable reason for an irregular verb which made it more interesting for me. This will serve as a useful reference in the future when I eventually do more writing. I recommend this book to someone who is at least an intermediate level of Italian.

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