Arnaud's lazy log (Russian & co)

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Re: Arnaud's lazy log

Postby eginhard » Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:04 am

Merci pour ces recommendations! Je vais essayer de lire Голубое и зеленое aussi, ça n'a pas l'air d'être trop difficile.
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Re: Arnaud's lazy log

Postby Mohave » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:04 pm

Arnaud wrote:Week 15
In french, I'm currently reading "Vernon Subutex" by Virginie Despentes: drugs, sex and rock'n'roll. It's very raw and explicit, but very well written at the same time, the story flows naturally and it's a good page-turner. A total contrast with what I read in russian. :lol:


Thank you for mentioning this! It's hard to believe, but I found the first two ebooks in the Amazon.com store. I almost didn't check as it seems Amazon.com rarely carries current French authors in kindle format that I am interested in! Thanks!

Bon Courge avec ta langue russe !
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Re: Arnaud's lazy log

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Re: Arnaud's lazy log

Postby tomgosse » Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:26 am

Arnaud wrote:I'll also update that log more rarely because I have the feeling that I keep on repeating myself and I don't want to write something too boring.

You are not boring! I always look forward to reading your log. Please don't slow down. :D
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Re: Arnaud's lazy log

Postby neofight78 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:43 pm

Arnaud wrote:Concerning russian, I'll continue to read, I have completly given up the "active" study of the language, my active study will be geared toward another language (japanese or italian, I don't know yet).


How come you're giving up the active study of Russian?
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Re: Arnaud's lazy log (Russian & co)

Postby Rotasu » Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:25 am

Arnaud wrote:I'm so lazy that I quote myself :mrgreen:
Arnaud wrote:Bah cette semaine, j'ai pas fait grand-chose, j'ai juste révisé mes kanas, ça doit bien faire 3 ou 4 fois que je les apprends, mais je les oublie assez vite, donc rebelote, faut que je les réapprenne à chaque fois, c'est un peu embêtant.
Enfin, c'est surtout les katakana que j'oublie, les hiragana ça va à peu près.

For that, I use these two books that I find well made: Kodansha's Hiragana Workbook: A Step-by-Step Approach to Basic Japanese Writing (there is the same book for katakana)
What I like is that there is an audio track for each page that you can download on the web, so I can train to listen and write the words. There are also rigid flashcards at the end of the books but I don't use them.

I've noted that I can't tell the difference between あand はfor exemple, I suspect Japanese people can... :roll:

Otherwise, as textbooks, I use Assimil Japonais and the french textbooks of Kunio Kuwae: Pratique du Japonais and Manuel de Japonais I, that I regularly borrow at the library.
I've also listened to Michel Thomas Japanese, that I can warmly recommand.

For the Kanji, I use The Key to Kanji and Japonais Kanji Kakitai. The etymological approach is the only one that works for me, these books give hints and explain how the characters are formed, I find that interesting.


Only now seeing that you are studying Japanese xD Have you started on Assimil Japanese yet? If so, do you find that seeing kanji from the beginning helps you with the dialogues or makes it more work? Since I started Assimil already knowing a few hundred kanjis, I'm curious if the set up is difficult for real beginners xP
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Re: Arnaud's lazy log (Russian & co)

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Re: Arnaud's lazy log (Russian & co)

Postby neofight78 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:48 pm

Arnaud wrote:My personal life is currently complicated by the terminal cancer of my mum, sometimes I feel down and write BS. My language routine is notheless pretty perturbed, I go to the hospital several times a week, I'm more exhausted than ever, etc...I spare you the details, only long-term caregivers could really understand what I write, anyway.


Oh, sorry to hear that. :( I thought the reason might have been language related. If you are able to get any kind of studying done, then that's already an achievement.
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Re: Arnaud's lazy log (Russian & co)

Postby tomgosse » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:53 pm

Arnaud wrote: My personal life is currently complicated by the terminal cancer of my mum, sometimes I feel down and write BS. My language routine is notheless pretty perturbed, I go to the hospital several times a week, I'm more exhausted than ever, etc...I spare you the details, only long-term caregivers could really understand what I write, anyway.

I was my wife's long-term and full-time caregiver before she died. I know what you are going through. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

Be strong,
Tom
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Re: Arnaud's lazy log

Postby reineke » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:03 pm

Best of luck. Don't stop but do try to find less exhausting ways to practice your languages.
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