Jeff's language log

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lavengro
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Re: Jeff's language log

Postby lavengro » Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:00 pm

jeff_lindqvist wrote:2020 - Summary of week 8

I think I finished three books.

lavengro wrote: Summary of all of 2019

I think I finished three books in 2019. At least two books for sure. Or mostly for sure. Definitely at least one.
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"I talk a lot. So I've learned to just tune myself out."
- Kelly Kapoor

Italian : 199 / 330
German : 117 / 605
French : 80 / 780
Japanese : 26 / 460
Gàidhlig : 23 / 170
Heisig : 440 / 2200

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Re: Jeff's language log

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:57 pm

lavengro wrote:Summary of all of 2019

I think I finished three books in 2019. At least two books for sure. Or mostly for sure. Definitely at least one.


It's not a competition. I have a dozen books on rotation so it's not that I read the three from beginning to end in the same week.
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Leabhair/Greannáin léite as Gaeilge: 9 / 18
Ar an seastán oíche: Oileán an Órchiste
Duolingo - finished trees: sp/ga/de/fr/pt/it
Finnish with extra pain : 100 / 100

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Re: Jeff's language log

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:04 pm

2020 - Summary of week 9

Worst week in a long time. Not work related.

DE: A litte more reading in Der Stumme Tod.

GA: More podcasts. Some of them were particularly enjoyable for me as a musician - one episode featured music with late fiddler Tommy Peoples, and another one had songs with late singer and guitarist Micheál Ó Domhnaill of Bothy Band fame. More Duolingo. A couple more lessons in Cúrsa Gaeilge. Just before the weekend, Dagens Nyheter (one of Sweden's biggest newspapers) had an article about the Irish language. And this morning (Monday) I was sent a link to an article in Irish Times about a new dictionary:
Do you know the Irish for transgender? (the article was written nearly two years ago, but it didn't reach me until now)

PT: Some more reading in O Alquemista.

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Cultural content: I finished at least three books.
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Leabhair/Greannáin léite as Gaeilge: 9 / 18
Ar an seastán oíche: Oileán an Órchiste
Duolingo - finished trees: sp/ga/de/fr/pt/it
Finnish with extra pain : 100 / 100

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Postby jeff_lindqvist » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:55 pm

2020 - Summary of week 10

Possibly the second worst week in a long time. No details.

GA: More podcasts. Another one with musical content - a couple of tunes in the studio with the classic band Bothy Band (recorded in 1975). More Duolingo. At the beginning of this year, I hoped to finished the whole tree by the end of that week. Then next week. Then... no, still not finished. Maybe next week.

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Cultural content: Three books finished. Episode 5 and 6 of McMafia (including some dialogue in Russian).
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Leabhair/Greannáin léite as Gaeilge: 9 / 18
Ar an seastán oíche: Oileán an Órchiste
Duolingo - finished trees: sp/ga/de/fr/pt/it
Finnish with extra pain : 100 / 100

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Re: Jeff's language log

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:24 pm

2020 - Summary of week 11

Time for an update. This week was manageable. I finished seven books, and along the way I picked up some of my older reading material.

EO: A few pages in La Sankta Biblio.

FR: I started reading a book with fables, and immediately realized that my French isn't what I hoped it would be.

GA: More podcasts. I completed Duolingo. It took a little more than three months. Everything is solid gold now. I read a handful of chapters in Cúrsa Gaeilge. Another gaeilgeoir and I talked about the intricacies of Irish orthography and sound shifts. We had a certain word in mind - dlídóir (lawyer). What the h*ll happened here? dl- at the beginning of a word. :? I checked the root dlí (law) and found this:

From Old Irish dliged.

Noun
dlí m (genitive singular dlí, nominative plural dlithe)

law (rule, code, instruction, or prohibition)


( https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dl%C3%AD )

So, it was already there in Old Irish. There can't be that many words that start with dl- in Modern Irish. It just doesn't feel like a smooth consonant combination. If I ever encounter any more words, at least I know that they are lenited as dhl- and eclipsed as ndl-. 8-)

If the stars are aligned, there will be a native Irish speaker in town in a couple of months.

ZH: A few lessons in the good old Elementary Chinese II.
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Leabhair/Greannáin léite as Gaeilge: 9 / 18
Ar an seastán oíche: Oileán an Órchiste
Duolingo - finished trees: sp/ga/de/fr/pt/it
Finnish with extra pain : 100 / 100

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Re: Jeff's language log

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:48 pm

2020 - Summary of week 12

Almost in time. I finished two books last week - I think I read some 500 pages in two-three evenings (I had to return the book to the library).

EN: I started listening to the audiobook My family and other animals (by Gerald Durrell) - narrated by Hugh Bonneville.

GA: More podcasts. Duolingo review. Another couple of lessons in Cúrsa Gaeilge. I also copied a few pages from Gaeilge gan Stró vol 2.

PT: A few pages in O alquemista.

ZH: The last lessons in Elementary Chinese II.

Regarding my spreadsheet and statistics for 2019, I'm almost there.
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Leabhair/Greannáin léite as Gaeilge: 9 / 18
Ar an seastán oíche: Oileán an Órchiste
Duolingo - finished trees: sp/ga/de/fr/pt/it
Finnish with extra pain : 100 / 100

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Postby jeff_lindqvist » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:55 pm

2020 - Summary of week 13

The horror! No book finished last week!

GA: More podcasts. Duolingo review. One conversation topic this weekend was the word cónaí which is used in two common expressions you learn as a beginner:
Tá mé i mo chónaí i mbaile beag. I live in a small town.
i gcónaí - always.

The shared meaning here is stay / remain/ continuance / permanence / constancy. I've been dabbling with Irish on and off since the early 1990s and I haven't noticed it until now. You learn something new every day, it seems.

PT: I decided to have a look at stories, i.e. the so-so recently added feature of some of the Duolingo languages. Each story unfolds line by line, and usually there's a comical twist at the end - the style is recognizable from some Assimil dialogues.

The next episode: statistics for Jan-June 2019.
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Leabhair/Greannáin léite as Gaeilge: 9 / 18
Ar an seastán oíche: Oileán an Órchiste
Duolingo - finished trees: sp/ga/de/fr/pt/it
Finnish with extra pain : 100 / 100

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Re: Jeff's language log

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:15 pm

At last, the long awaited summary! (Stats from 2018 here.)

Summary of January-June 2019

1-5
Danish - 114 hours of listening (thanks to my daily walks)
English - 72.25 hours: 49 hours reading, 23.25 hours of audiobooks
Swedish - 59.25 hours: 49 hours reading, 10.25 hours of audiobooks
Catalan - 41 hours of Glossika
Scottish Gaelic - 40.25 hours of Glossika

6-10
German - 18.25 hours: 9.75 listening, 8.5 reading
Russian - 15.5 hours: 7.75 listening, 7.75 reading
Chinese - 15.5 hours: 7.75 listening, 7.75 reading
Irish Gaelic - 14 hours: 7 listening, 7 reading
Spanish - 13.75 hours of scriptorium

11-14
French - 13.5 hours of scriptorium
Norwegian - 12 hours of listening
Italian - 8 hours of analysis
Polish - 8 hours of analysis

Some comments:
Each focus language typically gets 2 hours per week. Identical reading numbers for Swedish and English, Catalan and Scottish Gaelic are close, there's a Russian and Chinese match (I did equally long sessions), Spanish and French are also close (I worked with Assimil New [Language] With Ease, and probably had a similar number of lessons to copy), and Italian and Polish also match each other - I started both at the same time. Target language TV series and films aren't included here.

Next chapter: July-Dec 2019
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Leabhair/Greannáin léite as Gaeilge: 9 / 18
Ar an seastán oíche: Oileán an Órchiste
Duolingo - finished trees: sp/ga/de/fr/pt/it
Finnish with extra pain : 100 / 100

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Re: Jeff's language log

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:19 pm

2020 - Summary of week 14

Two books finished last week: My penguin year - a story about a wildlife filmmaker who stayed in Antarctica for one year; Redemption Point - Australian crime fiction (Swedish translation). Other titles in the current pile of books include Dungeon Master's Guide (AD&D 2nd Edition). I finished Player's Handbook a while ago. (Thanks to Rick, Zenmonkey and Brun_Ugle for the indirect inspiration - we talked about this back in... 2017.)

I also binge-watched the eight episodes of the Danish crime series DNA.

GA: More podcasts. Another couple with musical elements (one with Mícheál Ó Domnhaill, another with sean-nós singer Joe Heaney). Duolingo review. I will leave it for a while.

PT: More stories. A few per day.
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Leabhair/Greannáin léite as Gaeilge: 9 / 18
Ar an seastán oíche: Oileán an Órchiste
Duolingo - finished trees: sp/ga/de/fr/pt/it
Finnish with extra pain : 100 / 100

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Re: Jeff's language log

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:35 pm

Summary of July-Dec 2019

1-5
Norwegian - 157.5 hours of audio
Swedish - 58 hours: the remaining 5.5 hours of an audiobook; 52.5 hours of reading
English - 52.5 hours of reading
Italian - 52.5 hours: 48.5 hours of audio (Youtube etc.), 4 hours of analysis
Polish - 52.5 hours: 10,5 hours of audio (Ioannis Oculus etc.) and 42 hours of analysis, lessons etc. (FSI etc.)

6-8
Irish Gaelic - 12.5 of analysis (grammar etc. - in this case: Duolingo)
German - 3.25 hours of reading
Spanish - 1.5 hours of scriptorium

Some comments:
It came as a bit of surprise to see that I spent time on only eight languages during the second half of 2019. Norwegian skyrocketed thanks to my walks. I re-started Irish late November.
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Leabhair/Greannáin léite as Gaeilge: 9 / 18
Ar an seastán oíche: Oileán an Órchiste
Duolingo - finished trees: sp/ga/de/fr/pt/it
Finnish with extra pain : 100 / 100

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