Somehow the entire month ran away from me - in part because I had some unexpected obligations, in part because the things I knew about made me busier than I thought I'd be.
@MattNeilsen, I've looked at your list of TV shows, and the only thing I remember that you don't already have is Mossad101, which is on US Netflix, and is pretty accessible language-wise.
@Xenops, don't tempt me, it'll end up coming back...
Of course, I didn't stick to my plan from the last post at all. I have a new rhythm, in which I do something daily in Korean, Hebrew, Persian, Russian, and Arabic (see below) and where the rest of my languages I'm pretty much just enjoying things without worrying too much about improvement. I've also moved my listing around to reflect this.HebrewPimsleur: FSI: LR Psalms First Pass: Jenni:
In addition to some small progress on the bars, I've been watching some TV (hey, I get whole phrases and sometimes small dialogues!) and chatting with some friends who have been very excited about helping me out. I have been listening to some music, and the occasional recorded piece of talk, and understanding a good bit. As always, my production lags way behind my reception, but it's been that way for all my languages, so I'm not too worried. I've done a lot of textual work with the OT in recent weeks, and would like to start working through Ha-Yesod before too much longer, but we'll see.KoreanVideo: TTMIK 2: FSI:
That progress bar is off, but I'm not looking up and fixing it now. I can follow the plot of a familiar show without subtitles! And I can say an awful lot, more than I ever could - just enough to get myself in trouble, haha. Writing is still a dumpster fire, but hey, it'll come. Here again I have a very helpful friend, actually my best friend aside from my wife, who is a native, and he's awesome about helping me (it also helps that I taught him about half the English he knows, so he's never annoyed when I ask him for help with Korean). TTMIK fits well in the car or running, so most of my work is audio and speaking voice messages, so I'll have to transition to some written work before too long. Probably the NT, it's worked well before.PersianPimsleur Farsi: Pimselur Dari:
I'm back into Chai and Conversation, doing a lesson a day, after doing some to review. I'm tempted to sign up for their transcripts, but probably won't. I feel pretty good about doing this, and can probably keep up this pensum. I can't do Persian while I'm running, it takes too much focus, but I can do it when doing other workouts or in the car, so that's where I'm currently fitting it in. I've had no problems with the alphabet as of yet, and regular practice with it should ease my transition when it's time to do some book work.CzechCZ Pent: Video:
This I've let fall by the wayside. I'm on the fence about abandoning it entirely.Ukrainian
Here, I'm doing that Ukrainian podcast daily, and very often I'm understanding the whole dialogue prior to any explanations. I've also watched a few short video clips, and a documentary, with really good understanding of the sort of daily conversation that people have. I'm actually super proud of my progress here, especially for having done so little work. As with a couple of the above, running, workouts, and the car are good places for 15-20 minute sessions in my life right now.RussianMT Foundation: MT Advanced: Assimil: Reading: RU NT: Listening:
Yeah I haven't updated the progress bars - but I've enjoyed Хождение по мукам
immensely as a miniseries, so much so that I've even bought the first of the books and want to struggle through it. I've been listening to a slow Russian podcast, and am doing well with TV and podcasts, but I'm aware that I'll need some solidifying of my grammar and some book work...when I get around to it. For now, I'm thrilled that I'm able to understand so much, and want to ride this wave as far as I can. Arabic
Yes, Arabic again. I got talked into this one, by a friend who is in the beginner stages, and we're working on it together. Primarily focusing on the Levantine dialect. I'm using the resources I have access to already, and spending 15-20 minutes a day on it. He's going to shoot ahead of me, because he fluently speaks another Semitic language, but I may be able to keep up given that I've got a bit more experience learning various languages and have a sort of system that works for me. The biggest hurdle in the past, the alphabet, is less of a problem now, since I had to learn it for Persian, and my own prejudices against Arabic (mostly due to my previous experiences) are less of an issue, that is, I've got more motivation this time around than ever before. FrenchFR Reading: FR Listening:
Piddling around watching TV and reading, podcasts, progress bars not updated.PortuguesePT Reading: PT Listening:
Piddling around watching TV and reading, podcasts, progress bars not updated.CatalanCAT Reading: CAT Listening:
Piddling around watching TV and podcasts, progress bars not updated. I'd like to finish Merli
, I enjoyed what I've seen so far.Galego
I still will keep this as a heading until I finish the novel, but that's all I plan.SwedishSV Reading: SV Listening: FSI:
Read a bit, tried Bonusfamiljen
(meh), still have my podcasts, I'm ok with this.DanishDK Reading: DK Listening:
Not much at all. Occasional podcast. I'm OK with that.LatinLAT Reading:
Haven't had much time for Latin lately, going to remedy that as soon as I have a bit lighter schedule (so, the new year, probably)Ancient GreekGK Reading:
Lots of work with Homeric and Koine, but not stuff I've tracked. Swabian
It won't be in this post because I'm still struggling to get it on my computer and then uploaded, but I'll eventually post my sermon from a few weeks ago. Otherwise, this is just the other language I live in. Spanish
This is just pure enjoyment time. Watching TV here is a genuine break, like German or English, so I've got a couple series started (Casa de las Flores
, Catedral del Mar
, Tiempos de Guerra
). Haven't been reading much, really because I've had a great deal of professional reading to do, and the bits of TL reading I've done have been in other languages.Everything Else
Gaelic will probably come back, as will Basque, once I hit some milestones in my focus areas. I don't want to not. But I'm pretty much untempted by anything else at the moment.