Serpent's cyclic log

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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby tomgosse » Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:24 pm

haziz wrote:I have no interest in sports whatsoever! Does that count for anything? I sometimes wonder if I am the only guy in America with no interest, at all, in sports!

You are not alone. :ugeek:
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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby iguanamon » Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:18 pm

When an interest is so compelling that in order to satisfy it you will do what it takes to get there, when that interest multiplies because you have already gotten there and you want more, then you will have found the coveted "magic pill" for learning a language. Serpent is interested in sports. She has managed to leverage that interest into learning several languages. There's something we can all learn from this- Do what you love. The rest will follow.
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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby sfuqua » Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:39 pm

I need to find some Spanish language broadcasts on women's figure skating.
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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby arthaey » Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:56 pm

Musicals! :D
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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby James29 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:54 pm

sfuqua wrote:I need to find some Spanish language broadcasts on women's figure skating.


You are not searching hard enough. :)
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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby language2015 » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:14 am

haziz wrote:I have no interest in sports whatsoever! Does that count for anything? I sometimes wonder if I am the only guy in America with no interest, at all, in sports!


There is a lot of people like you.
fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/dear-mona-are-there-any-other-men-who-dont-watch-sports/

1 out of 14 men in America don't watch nor care about sports...
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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby Serpent » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:35 am

Nice to see so much activity in my log :) the part about American men is getting a bit irrelevant tbh though :P
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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby Serpent » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:29 pm

I kinda failed my personal challenge with listening to more females speaking Italian, but I now finally did something outside the football+HP box. I absolutely adore the actor/model Cristina de Pin, who happens to be the wife of footballer Riccardo Montolivo but who now interests me more than her husband :P I've watched the silly movie 10 ragazze where she played, and now I'll give her Tacco 12... si nasce show a try :D

First, can any Italian [speaker] clarify what exactly tacco 12 is? Does it refer to the height of the heels in cm? Is it a brand? I feel like something cultural is escaping me :shock: (feel free to explain in Italian or another language ;))

Then, can anyone help me figure out the place names mentioned here, apart from Vicenza? The lady is called Valerija Populić (sp?), but I can't seem to figure out where she says she was born and grew up :roll:
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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby Serpent » Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:28 pm

There's a fanstastic project here in Moscow, namely the School of Neighbours' Languages. They teach the languages of the CIS countries, like Ukrainian, Tajik, Romanian/Moldovan etc... and Belarusian :)
I've sent an application for Belarusian and I'm considering sending one for Romanian too. Oh and it's all for free :)

Just for fun I'm sharing my application/motivation letter here. I hadn't written in more or less formal Russian for ages...

Что общего у Славянского базара и Московского фестиваля языков? И тот, и другой поспособствовали развитию моей любви к белорусскому языку :)
В Витебске прошли самые лучшие дни моего детства. Мой папа родом из города на Двине. По поводу моего интереса к языку он шутит, что я люблю мертвые языки - белорусский, латынь... Как лингвисту, мне действительно интересны самые разные языки, но белорусский для меня особенный. Он прекрасный и очень даже живой!
Польские корни у меня тоже есть, и после изучения основ польского белорусский стал мне легче даваться, до этого казался слишком похожим на русский. Конечно, помогло и то, что я выиграла книгу "Малы і Карлсан-з-даху" на Фестивале языков (насколько я помню, в 2008 году). Презентацию и викторину проводил тогда Антон Сомин. Узнав о Школе языков соседей, я очень надеялась, что преподавателем белорусского будет именно он.
Я указала, что знаю язык на начальном уровне, так как связно рассказать о чем-либо на чистом белорусском явно не могу. С пониманием дело обстоит получше - помимо уже упомянутой книги, я читала также рассказы в жанре фантастики; нашла в Интернете фильмы, аудиокниги. Похожая ситуация у меня и с другими славянскими языками - польский, украинский, хорватский, чешский. Конечно, они все помогают друг другу.

Of course this is not super-formal, and it's also above the character limit, but I'm a special snowflake etc :D (and the final paragraph is basically a note about my level, though it fits coherently with the rest of the letter) TBH I really hope they'll accept me. I considered admitting that I know I may be overqualified, and that there may well be a complete newbie who needs these classes more, but I've decided not to mention this.
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Re: Serpent's cyclic log

Postby Serpent » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:38 pm

And this was my post #974. Vitebsk's foundation year is thought to have been 974.
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