Carmody's Log for French

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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:14 pm

I finished L'Armoire Magique of C.S. Lewis today!!!
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:20 am

March 17 and time for an update.

Am doing extensive reading of Harry Potter with vocab review; about 2-4 hrs./day

If 800 hrs. is the goal for minimal proficiency then I am over 20% of the way to that goal.

Am fully aware I should do more grammar and speaking but need to do one thing at a time for the moment.

All comments welcome.


Assimil-NFWE: 100 / 113.

Hours Listening to French News: 50 / 200Goal of 200.

Hours Reading French Newspapers: 75 / 200Goal of 200.

Hours Review of Grammar: 25 / 200Goal of 200.

Hours Review of Vocabulary: 75 / 200Goal of 200.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Teango » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:12 pm

Congratulations on already putting in 200 hours so far this year, and good luck with your reading project! By the way, do you still practice t'ai chi these days? I only ask as I spent some years learning Sun style t'ai chi, followed by Yang style for a while after I moved, and I'm keen to get back into it one day soon. Perhaps it would bring some balance to my language learning too. ;)
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:40 pm

Update as of April 15, 2016

Many thanks for your time and guidance.

Current status is:

Assimil-NFWE: 105 / 113.

Hours Listening to French News: 35 / 200Goal of 200.

Hours Reading French Newspapers: 35 / 200Goal of 200.

Hours Review of Grammar: 25 / 200Goal of 200.

Hours Review of Vocabulary: 25 / 200Goal of 200

In addition to the above I have also read:

Book............................................................Author.........................No. Pages
Vol 714 Pour Sydney Tintin.............................. Hergé............................20
Victor L'enfant sauvage ................. .......... Delval, M-H.........................45
Le dinosaure ...........................................Jeunesse, Delafosse .............10
Franklin et son doudou ................ ............Bourgeois & Clark......................10
Alerte Aux Chiens ...................... ............Chair de Poules .......................20
L'Armoire Magique ................... ................... Lewis, C.S.........................198
HarryPotter, à l'école des sorciers................... J.K Rowling.........................232
HarryPotter et Le Prisonnier D'Azkaban............ J.K Rowling.........................461
Le Petit Prince ................................ ..........Saint Exupery.........................62
*Le Retour de l'Enfant Prodigue.................. Gide .....................................15

*I think this book was fantastic!

My goal is the FSI standard of 800 hrs. needed for competency.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Wed May 18, 2016 5:11 pm

Current status of completed hours of study as of 5.18.16 is:

312 hrs or 39% of 800 hrs. completed that the Foreign Service Inst. says is necessary for competency in French.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:09 pm

-41% of the 800 hrs. completed for proficiency as set down by FSI

-Have spent a lot of time with the methodology of Johan of
http://www.francaisauthentique.com

He does podcasts with pdfs which is really helpful. His podcasts in particular are helpful to me at my A!-A2 level.
Also, he has a 7 Rules of learning French which is great because those rules reinforce all the advice from this Forum, so it is especially helpful for that reason.

Am applying his rules for my use of:

Isabelle: Balades (Français)
http://www.podclub.ch/sendungen/balades-f

which I learned about here and which I think is wonderful.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:45 am

Am now at 48.1% of the 800 hrs. for proficiency as set down by Foreign Service Instiute.

Work mostly on Podcasts and vocabulary. Podcasts really good for the: oral, reading, and vocabulary. See marked improvement.

This has been accomplished in 6 months with an average of 2-3 hrs. a day study.

I am beginning to think that language learning not a race run by the swiftest........and I am certainly not swift.

:D
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Carmody » Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:28 pm

July 20, 2016

1-Buying a copy of Complete Guide to Conjugating 12000 French Verbs by Bescherelle was a bit of a milestone. Am slowing but surely digging into verbs and in fact focused on them for a couple of hrs. each day for a whole, solid week. Actually interesting! The fear thing that I associate with the verbs is slowly dropping away thanks to Bescherelle.

2-Am continuing on with the L'avis de Marie podcast which is truly fun, interesting and very useful.
http://www.podclub.ch/fr/emissions/l-avis-de-marie-f

3-Also need to mention........
.drum roll.........
I hit my half way mark towards the completion of the goal of 800 hrs. set down by FSI.

So it looks as if I am on my way. I hope..............

My routine is one of 2 hrs. a day study with one day off. I can't do everything at once so I focus on book reading, or vocab, or verbs , or podcasts.

I believe there is real progress.
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby Ketutar » Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:13 pm

Félicitations! May the wind stay in your sails :-)
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Re: Carmody's Log for French

Postby tomgosse » Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:59 pm

Carmody wrote:
I am beginning to think that language learning not a race run by the swiftest........and I am certainly not swift.

:D

As one of our founders, emk, has said, it's a marathon not a sprint.
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