Elsa Maria's Log: Danish +

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Elsa Maria
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log: Danish, Dutch & Latin

Postby Elsa Maria » Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:25 pm

Dutch is fun.
I have decided that I am very lucky. I enjoy children's literature and good cartoons/animation. I am genuinely entertained by nijntje, and Jip en Janneke. Kikker is OK, too.

I am in the mood to make some long-term plans. I'm in my mid-fifties, and if I am lucky enough to be like my mom then I will still be fit for travel in my 80s and certainly capable of language study. So here is my 30-year plan :)

There are no timelines attached. I'll do whatever pleases me.
At the moment, I am working on all of the PART ONE languages. I might be able to add one more into the current mix.

PART ONE
Danish
Goal: C2 reading and listening comprehension. Maintain active skills at B2 or above.
All skills are currently B-something.

Dutch
Goal: Take the A2 exam then reach for B2 in passive skills.
All skills are currently A-something.

Latin
Goal: Keep taking online classes and the NLE until I run through all of the levels. And then keep reading. Maintain involvement in the Latin community.

PART TWO
In no particular order:

Use knowledge of Danish to start reading in Norwegian. Then Swedish.
Learn some Faroese and Greenlandic.

ETA: Use knowledge of Dutch to start reading Afrikaans.

Learn at least one Slavic language. I am currently interested in both Polish and Russian.
Reactivate my Spanish.

All plans will be thrown out the window in favor of different languages if travel opportunities or new family members (like children-in-law or grandchildren) change things up :)




According to ATracker:

Dutch
January 33h23min
February 26h06min

Danish
January 21h56min
February 21h11min

Latin
January 12h29min
February 12h0min
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log (Danish and more)

Postby Elsa Maria » Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:19 am

I have managed to keep up with the 365 day challenge for both Dutch and Danish. Woot! I usually try to get one of them done first thing in the morning.

Danish
At this point, I can't imagine my life without Danish. I should be much, much better than I am but I don't think I'll ever give it up.

I really have not done any proper study in some time, and I just treated myself to Danish: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge). I have been using the Essential Grammar version for years and this is a big upgrade. Eighty pages on nouns alone!!

Dutch
I am still going to class weekly, but I am not going to continue next year. My last class will be mid-May, and I think I will revert to only self-study.

Latin
I took the National Latin Exam (Intro Level) in March. I don't have the results yet, but I believe that I did well. My class started up again this week after a long break.

Polish
This is my FLC language. I had a start date of March 15, and I have not done much yet. But I have sampled lots of YouTubers and free courses. And now I have a plan. I am going to do the FSI course. I am also going to make a list of the A1 topics from my Dutch and Danish textbooks, and cover those topics using YouTube. As soon as I can manage it, I will start reading fairy tales.

Spanish
I have started to reactivate the little bit of Spanish that I know. For now, I am not going to study Spanish. I'm just watching videos and reading a bit. I've been watching the Dreaming Spanish video channel, and watching the Muzzy videos.
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log: Danish plus (ES, LA, NL, PL)

Postby Elsa Maria » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:08 pm

My running internal conflict is between (1) wanting to push Danish from intermediate to advanced and (2) giving attention to the other languages on my list (Spanish, Latin, Netherlands, and Polish).

My current idea is to plan in six week chunks. When a 6 Week Challenge is running, I will focus on one of the other languages for the challenge. During the periods between the 6 week challenges, I will put the focus on Danish.

Hopefully, there will be another 6 Week Challenge beginning on May 1.

That means I have 17 days until Danish goes into maintenance mode. Maintenance mode will mean that I will still keep up with my 30 minutes for the 365-day challenge, but those minutes will be likely be extensively consuming native content.
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log (Danish and more)

Postby StringerBell » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:15 pm

Elsa Maria wrote:Polish
This is my FLC language. I had a start date of March 15, and I have not done much yet. But I have sampled lots of YouTubers and free courses. And now I have a plan. I am going to do the FSI course.


Just in case you decide that you don't like the FSI course (I hated it and couldn't get past the first lesson), you might want to try the DLI Polish course. I have a link to it in my resources list on the first page of my log. The DLI course is basically a series of graded reader stories with audio. Even though it's very dated, I think it's a good free and legal resource to start with. But if you like FSI, then carry on! :lol:
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log: Danish plus (ES, LA, NL, PL)

Postby Elsa Maria » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:04 pm

StringerBell wrote:
Elsa Maria wrote:Polish
This is my FLC language. I had a start date of March 15, and I have not done much yet. But I have sampled lots of YouTubers and free courses. And now I have a plan. I am going to do the FSI course.


Just in case you decide that you don't like the FSI course (I hated it and couldn't get past the first lesson), you might want to try the DLI Polish course. I have a link to it in my resources list on the first page of my log. The DLI course is basically a series of graded reader stories with audio. Even though it's very dated, I think it's a good free and legal resource to start with. But if you like FSI, then carry on! :lol:

Thank you so much, StringerBell for your ideas. I am mostly squirreling them away for the not-so-distant future, in which I do genuinely expect to have more time for Polish. I intend to give your log a thorough read, too. I have also realized that there is a Polish church about an hour away, and I am hoping to go there soon.
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log: Danish plus (ES, LA, NL, PL)

Postby cjareck » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:44 pm

You wrote that you signed for FLC with Polish. Yojik website:
https://www.yojik.eu/languages/DLI/DLI-Polish.html
and Live Lingua
https://www.livelingua.com/courses/Polish/
are probably known to you. But maybe you do not know about the 15-volume set of Polish DLI Course? ;)
https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED033357
Unfortunately, there is no audio for this one.
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log: Danish plus (ES, LA, NL, PL)

Postby Elsa Maria » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:01 pm

On the language front, things have been going well.
Thanks to eido's new log and PM's comments within, I am adding Frisian to my 30 year plan. Why not? I have at least two more trips to the Netherlands scheduled, and I might as well pick up some Frisian books while I have the chance.

I'll start my updates with Polish.


Polish I will start really focusing on Polish on May 1. I'm going to make it my 6WC language. We went to an event at the Polish church last weekend. It was the Blessing of the Easter Baskets. I spoke three words of Polish, and I understood five. I'm calling that a win!

Danish
I went to my book club yesterday. I usually understand about 75% of the conversations / discussions, and yesterday was about the same. I did prepare more than before, and had notes for what I wanted to say. I can't go in May, and we take the summer off so this activity is on hiatus for now. I've been loving my fat Danish Grammar book.

Spanish
Shaking off the cobwebs. I have listened to 13 Pimsleur lessons. They have been 95% review, but I need that. I have not really touched Spanish in over a decade.

Latin
Still waiting for my NLE exam results. My class ends sometime in May. It's winding down, and I don't plan to spend much time on Latin over the summer.

Dutch
I was the only person who showed up for class yesterday (?!), so I had a two-hour private lesson. I think I have three classes left, and then it will be self-study only after that. I hit a milestone! I finished my first book - one of the Jip en Janneke books. I found a new-to-me podcast that I am excited about: Zeg het in het Nederlands. It is a podcast in slow Dutch for learners. There are show notes on the website, and transcripts you can purchase.
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log: Danish plus (ES, LA, NL, PL)

Postby Elsa Maria » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:15 pm

cjareck wrote:You wrote that you signed for FLC with Polish. Yojik website:
https://www.yojik.eu/languages/DLI/DLI-Polish.html
and Live Lingua
https://www.livelingua.com/courses/Polish/
are probably known to you. But maybe you do not know about the 15-volume set of Polish DLI Course? ;)
https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED033357
Unfortunately, there is no audio for this one.


Thank you, cjareck! I have been appreciating all of your helpful comments on the forum as I explore my entry into the amazing Polish language. I did not know about that big DLI course. I admit that I get confused by the variants of the FSI and DLI courses.
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log: Danish plus (ES, LA, NL, PL)

Postby cjareck » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:42 pm

Elsa Maria wrote:I admit that I get confused by the variants of the FSI and DLI courses.

Me either ;) Nevertheless, here is an explanation of the variants:
http://www.fsi-language-courses.net/blo ... i-courses/
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Re: Elsa Maria's Log: Danish plus (ES, LA, NL, PL)

Postby Elsa Maria » Sat May 04, 2019 5:56 pm

I got a perfect paper on my National Latin Exam (Intro Level)!
Hooray!
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