Olekander's Russian / Turkish adventure

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Olekander
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Olekander's Russian / Turkish adventure

Postby Olekander » Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:58 pm

"I can rattle off verbs of motion quicker than as a fly can dodge a swat" said absolutely no one ever.

This is my official introduction, so hello and I look forward to meeting you all! I loved HTLAL a lot but my old account from 2008 hasn't been reactivated and having stumbled across this forum by chance I've realised why!


So I wanted to write a fun or funny name for my blog, but then I realised that I was just encouraging myself to be as ever disorganised in my life. A nice clean and clear title might help bring some порядок to my otherwise rather hectic life.

This blog is going to be concise and succinct, and serve as a guide for clarity and a catalyst for motivation in my language learning.

I've traditionally thrived at learning languages in the country themselves. I always used to pride myself on my ability to pick up a convincing accent and speaking with fluency in both French and Russian (albeit with obvious grammar mistakes, particularly in the latter), both of which I have a degree in. I can't honestly remember a single proper homework I did whilst I was at University, yet I was always that guy who went to class and got it all right to the annoyance of my class mates. Times are now changing however and I am not about to just spend a year in France or Russia, or any other language's country I decide to tackle and so my preferred type of learning, i.e that of just being immersed and mirroring what I hear isn't going to work. I'm going to have to take a more pragmatic approach.

Here I am going to attempt to log my progress in Russian, particularly with regards to vocab building, and hopefully see if I can't just reach my goal of advanced fluency by the end of it.

I'm going to be using my own butchered version of the Gold List for vocab, and some annotated Scriptorium. Aiming to do at least one of each every day. Additionally, I am slowly making my way through a battered old version of one of Isaac Azimov's longer short stories called "Ловушка для простаков". For this reason you may see some very bizarre words on my Gold list.

You may find some seemingly basic words on there. I encourage this as often people think they know a word but really its in their passive memory and not their active memory. This is a concerted effort to improve my use of a wider range of vocabulary.

Hopefully just some general любопытство will get people following my journey. I always like to see what people are actually writing, their own hand writing, and feeling their blood sweat and tears :lol:

P.S you may wonder what on earth the red pen is for as the content makes no sense. its just a memory jolt for me and explains in a mixture of Russian and English short hand the point of the entry.

Resources
http://russiangram.com/ - amazing tool for working out stress marks in full sentences
multitran.ru - best dictionary out there

DISCLAIMER I CANNOT WRITE FOR [insert suggested metaphor here]. I am aware of my handwriting!! :lol: :lol:

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Last edited by Olekander on Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:23 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Да нет. :roll:

: 1000 / 1000 1,000 Russian words: started 15/06/2016 :)
: 15 / 365 365 scriptorium transcriptions: started 19/06/2016
: 2 / 1010 Russian books: 4/06/2016
: 3 / 2121 units of Parla.cat

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Re: Olekander's Russian - Log

Postby Olekander » Sun Jun 19, 2016 4:25 pm

Day 4
Transcribed introduction to planet Uranus https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/uranus
твёрдый seems to have another usage I'm not familiar with.

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not sure of stress on невооружённым глазом :!: sorted - glAzom
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Да нет. :roll:

: 1000 / 1000 1,000 Russian words: started 15/06/2016 :)
: 15 / 365 365 scriptorium transcriptions: started 19/06/2016
: 2 / 1010 Russian books: 4/06/2016
: 3 / 2121 units of Parla.cat

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Olekander
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Re: Olekander's Russian - Log

Postby Olekander » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:18 am

Started progress bars.
1,000 new words
365 new transcriptions
10 books
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Re: Olekander's Russian - Log

Postby IronMike » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:27 am

A great app dictionary which does show accent is SlovoEd. Their Russian<->English dictionary is a permanent app on mine and my wife's ipods. Wonderful.
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Re: Olekander's Russian - Log

Postby Olekander » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:55 am

IronMike wrote:A great app dictionary which does show accent is SlovoEd. Their Russian<->English dictionary is a permanent app on mine and my wife's ipods. Wonderful.


Thank you very much for your input! I will certainly try it out!.

I just noticed you are residing in Kyrgyzstan, beshkek perhaps? one of my russian friends has just left Beijing yesterday and returned there after 5 years here. I'm gonna miss him dearly. I wonder If your paths will ever cross!
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Да нет. :roll:

: 1000 / 1000 1,000 Russian words: started 15/06/2016 :)
: 15 / 365 365 scriptorium transcriptions: started 19/06/2016
: 2 / 1010 Russian books: 4/06/2016
: 3 / 2121 units of Parla.cat

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Re: Olekander's Russian - Log

Postby Olekander » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:24 pm

Day5
Gold list 125-175
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Scriptorium1 - 300 words of Война 1812 года
2 - 400 words of a business dialog for my business Russian classes.


Found this bad boy last night. I think you'll all agree he's pretty swell

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Да нет. :roll:

: 1000 / 1000 1,000 Russian words: started 15/06/2016 :)
: 15 / 365 365 scriptorium transcriptions: started 19/06/2016
: 2 / 1010 Russian books: 4/06/2016
: 3 / 2121 units of Parla.cat

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Re: Olekander's Russian - Log

Postby Olekander » Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:33 pm

Thought I'd go for dinner at midnight after a hard evening's study.
This was the view from my seat in the restaurant
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this is my desk !
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: 1000 / 1000 1,000 Russian words: started 15/06/2016 :)
: 15 / 365 365 scriptorium transcriptions: started 19/06/2016
: 2 / 1010 Russian books: 4/06/2016
: 3 / 2121 units of Parla.cat

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Re: Olekander's Russian - Log

Postby Olekander » Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:51 pm

Today I had to teach English to a PhD Russian language professor in exchange for a Russian Lesson. Daunting task to say the least!! I have spent about 6 hours in the class room on my day off!! 1.5 hours with tutor, and 2.5 hours on Business Russian. Brain is frazzled. None of it was on Scriptorium or Gold List however. Today we rest.
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Да нет. :roll:

: 1000 / 1000 1,000 Russian words: started 15/06/2016 :)
: 15 / 365 365 scriptorium transcriptions: started 19/06/2016
: 2 / 1010 Russian books: 4/06/2016
: 3 / 2121 units of Parla.cat

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Re: Olekander's Russian - Log

Postby Olekander » Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:29 pm

Day 7

Gold List - 175-250
3 new lists today! Very happy about that

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: 1000 / 1000 1,000 Russian words: started 15/06/2016 :)
: 15 / 365 365 scriptorium transcriptions: started 19/06/2016
: 2 / 1010 Russian books: 4/06/2016
: 3 / 2121 units of Parla.cat

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Re: Olekander's Russian - Log

Postby Olekander » Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:04 pm

+1 scriptorium on the subject of brexit in Russian.
watched 30mins of a documentary about a marine exploration ship on RT.
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Да нет. :roll:

: 1000 / 1000 1,000 Russian words: started 15/06/2016 :)
: 15 / 365 365 scriptorium transcriptions: started 19/06/2016
: 2 / 1010 Russian books: 4/06/2016
: 3 / 2121 units of Parla.cat


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