Wanderlusting through learning French + Crossfit + Korean + Icelandic

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humerusthings
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Wanderlusting through learning French + Crossfit + Korean + Icelandic

Postby humerusthings » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:08 am

Hi guys, this is my first post in this forum. Really enjoyed reading through everyone's posts!

I speak English natively and learned Chinese in school (took it to A levels). I also learned Korean for about a year or so, at conversational level but not great, never took any exams for that but I'm halfway at the Sogang Level 3a textbooks now, so around B1 level maybe? I took some Korean classes for a months at a language center.

French
I've been learning French through Duolingo for about 2-3months now. I also took two intro lessons on talki and am having another italki lesson sometime later in December. I'm hoping to take DELF A1 or A2 sometime in Nov 2018, so here is my french learning log! (edit: life got in the way so no, didn't take DELF in Nov 2018. Maybe Nov 2019? Haha)

Resources I'm using for French
- Assimil French With Ease - Fav resource!
- CLE books - Grammaire Progressive du Francais and Vocabulaire Progressive Du Francais
- Duolingo - about 10 mins daily min. Kinda was aiming to finish the duo tree by end dec but I doubt it. Maybe by Feb 2018? I'm currently about 1/3 to 1/2 the way through.
- Italki - aiming for about two french lessons per month
1st lesson was on the masc and feminine forms of nouns (45mins)
2nd lesson - with another tutor - more of a self intro but learnt loads of new words and grammar! (30 mins)
- Coffeebreak French - I download it through spotify and listen on buses/ on the car bluetooth when I'm driving back and forth from work. So maybe about one podcast per week
- Lawlessfrench - super helpful website!!
- News in slow french is really good too

Korean
Since loads of people on this forum are studying a few languages, thought I'd add my Korean journey to this log too! I really love Korean and it was being able to learn Korean to a conversational level and chat to tutors on Italki that gave me the confidence to pick up French.
That being said, I spent hours watching Korean dramas and listen to Korean music all the time (which I don't do yet with French) so I think that accounts for a lot of listening skills and immersion that helped my Korean improve so fast!

Resources I use for Korean
- Yonsei Reading 2
- Korean Grammar in Use Intermediate
- Sogang books are my fav out of the textbooks! (and I also own and have tried Ewha and Yonsei books but I just feel that for purposes of self-learning at home, Sogang books work for me best. Currently at around Sogang 3a now.)
- Italki
- Kdramas!

Italki Stats 2017: 11 italki lessons in 2017 (3 french, 7 Korean) - that averages out to nearly 2 per month as I started in Aug 2017
Italki stats 2018:
- 2 Korean lessons (June), 1x language exchange
- 1 Spanish (June)
- 3 French Lessons (Sept)
Italki stats 2019
- 6 French lessons (Nov- Dec 2019)

Fav italki teachers
Korean: Seulgi, Danny Park
French: Tom! Lea!
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So after many years of inactivity, I've now decided to add Icelandic to the mix!

Resources i'll be using
- Memrise Icelandic Cource
- Textbook: Colloquial Icelandic
- Glossika

random other resources
https://blogs.transparent.com/icelandic/tag/icelandic-lessons/
https://www.alarichall.org.uk/teaching/modern_icelandic.php
http://tungumalatorg.is/viltu_laera_islensku/en
https://icelandiconline.com/
Last edited by humerusthings on Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:51 am, edited 17 times in total.
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: 63 / 96 French Duolingo
: 28 / 40 Coffee Break French S2
: 51 / 113 Assimil French With Ease
: 9 / 60 Grammaire Progressive Du Francais
: 31 / 40 Yonsei Reading 2 (Korean)

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Re: Humerusthings' French Log - Road to A2 in 2018!

Postby aravinda » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:41 pm

Welcome to the Forum!
humerusthings wrote:Do you guys think my A2 goal in a year is possible?
Of course, it’s quite possible. If you stick with your plan (I usually don’t :-) ) you are likely to be beyond A2 at the end of the year. I was wondering, wouldn’t DELF B1 be a better goal. Just my thoughts - haven’t done DELF myself :)
Good luck!
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Re: Humerusthings' French Log - Road to A2 in 2018!

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:51 pm

Welcome to the forum!

Here are two threads I find very inspiring:
Korean - from scratch to B2 in one year (just replace Korean with French)
French: Fresh, fun native media at my fingertips

Use both for inspiration - bonne chance!
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Re: Humerusthings' French Log - Road to A2 in 2018!

Postby Cavesa » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:47 pm

Welcome to the forum!

I am looking forward to following your log. Your goal is definitely possible, especially taking into account your previous achievements.

Emk's log is great, I also recommend joining the French study group, which is open to every learner interested. You'll find there interesting discussion, tips on resources, and also links to logs of other French learners. :-)

I'd recommend using some well structured resources too, covering the whole spectrum of what you need, and putting some order in your studies. Grammaire Progressive and Vocabulaire progressif, niveau débutant are a wonderful tool.

Duolingo is fine the complete beginning, but too superficial and the recordings are not a good model to follow. Memrise is great, except for the official courses. All those podcasts are definitely a good idea, as listening is super important.

Perhaps you should consider a normal coursebook with CD too, but I think you can avoid it, with good other resources. And later a preparatory book for the exam.

Italki is great, but you cannot rely on it too much, especially if you're taking just two lessons per month. It is great for practice, or questions. But waiting for the teachers to explain stuff, that would mean really slow progress.
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Re: Humerusthings' French Log - Road to A2 in 2018!

Postby rdearman » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:44 pm

Check out the "Master List of Resources" for French also. https://forum.language-learners.org/vie ... 19&t=2914/

Good luck.
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Re: Humerusthings' French Log - Road to A2 in 2018!

Postby humerusthings » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:48 am

Cavesa wrote:Welcome to the forum!

I am looking forward to following your log. Your goal is definitely possible, especially taking into account your previous achievements.

Emk's log is great, I also recommend joining the French study group, which is open to every learner interested. You'll find there interesting discussion, tips on resources, and also links to logs of other French learners. :-)

I'd recommend using some well structured resources too, covering the whole spectrum of what you need, and putting some order in your studies. Grammaire Progressive and Vocabulaire progressif, niveau débutant are a wonderful tool.

Duolingo is fine the complete beginning, but too superficial and the recordings are not a good model to follow. Memrise is great, except for the official courses. All those podcasts are definitely a good idea, as listening is super important.

Perhaps you should consider a normal coursebook with CD too, but I think you can avoid it, with good other resources. And later a preparatory book for the exam.

Italki is great, but you cannot rely on it too much, especially if you're taking just two lessons per month. It is great for practice, or questions. But waiting for the teachers to explain stuff, that would mean really slow progress.


Hi Cavesa! Thank you for the helpful suggestion of grammaire progressive and vocabulaire progressif! I checked it out and it looks really good :) I looked at your log and noticed you're a medical student? I'm a junior doctor, so I would loveee to learn the medical terminology in french haha. Do you have any suggestions for resources regarding medical vocab for french? :)
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: 63 / 96 French Duolingo
: 28 / 40 Coffee Break French S2
: 51 / 113 Assimil French With Ease
: 9 / 60 Grammaire Progressive Du Francais
: 31 / 40 Yonsei Reading 2 (Korean)

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Re: Humerusthings' French Log - Road to A2 in 2018 + Korean Log - Seoul Searching 2018

Postby humerusthings » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:37 pm

Hi guys, thanks for the welcome! :)
Here is my progress the past two days. My aim is to finish duolingo first (with occasional sprinklings of other resources, then to work through a textbook after).

Monday
4 short duolingo lessons (Adjectives 3) - I'm currently #1 on the weekly leaderboard for my club! Haha.
Also according to duolingo, i now know 919 french words and I've completed 32/78 of the Duolingo French Course. :)

2 Coffee Break French podcasts - Checking into hotel, Problems with your stay at a hotel

Tuesday
Read a lawlessfrench article on the french accents
2 duolingo short lessons
Wrote a lang-8 journal entry

I also listened to half a coffee break french podcast on camping in tents but fell asleep (was post night shift haha.) Perhaps more studying can be done tomorrow when I'm wide awake!
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: 63 / 96 French Duolingo
: 28 / 40 Coffee Break French S2
: 51 / 113 Assimil French With Ease
: 9 / 60 Grammaire Progressive Du Francais
: 31 / 40 Yonsei Reading 2 (Korean)

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Re: Humerusthings' French Log - Road to A2 in 2018 + Korean Log - Seoul Searching 2018

Postby aravinda » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:05 am

Awaiting a response from Cavesa, You may want to look at these two resources:
Santé-médecine.com
https://www.cle-international.com/sante ... descriptif
and
LE FRANÇAIS DES MÉDECINS
40 vidéos pour communiquer à l'hôpital
http://www.pug.fr/produit/588/978270612 ... 20medecins

Please be aware that I myself have not used these resources, so I don't have first-hand experience with them. However, publications from CLE-INTER and PUG are generally of high quality. You can look at a sample (extrait) of these titles on the above sites.
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Re: Humerusthings' French Log - Road to A2 in 2018 + Korean Log - Seoul Searching 2018

Postby humerusthings » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:12 am

aravinda wrote: You may want to look at these two resources:
Santé-médecine.com
https://www.cle-international.com/sante ... descriptif
and
LE FRANÇAIS DES MÉDECINS
40 vidéos pour communiquer à l'hôpital
http://www.pug.fr/produit/588/978270612 ... 20medecins


Wow this is great! Thank you for the suggestions, I'll check them out :)
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: 63 / 96 French Duolingo
: 28 / 40 Coffee Break French S2
: 51 / 113 Assimil French With Ease
: 9 / 60 Grammaire Progressive Du Francais
: 31 / 40 Yonsei Reading 2 (Korean)

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Re: Humerusthings' French Log - Road to A2 in 2018 + Korean Log - Seoul Searching 2018

Postby humerusthings » Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:42 am

Thursday 21/12/17
French: Coffee Break French Podcast Season 1 Lesson 24 - Camping (on the drive to work)

Friday 22/12/17
Today I have a day off so was able to do a little more studying :)

Korean
1 grammar lesson from Korean Grammar in Use Intermediate (~느라고= because/ it is due to)

French
1. 1 hr French Italki Lesson - on the reflexive verbs + en train de. My teacher used the short film Demi-Paire for the lesson, it was pretty cool! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_uBkg1-r-0 Actually to be honest, even though the lesson is great and I learned loads of new vocab, when my teacher speaks in french it totally goes over my head. So I have to rely on the translation from her haha. I still have a loooong way to go to understand spoken french I guess. But hopefully this will change! Especially with the discovery of Assimil!

2. Assimil French With Ease ~ 6 lesson
I've been inspired by this forum to check out Assimil French with Ease and so far I'm really liking it, so adding it to my current routine of duolingo + coffee break french + italki. I'm also getting on the Anki train and putting in the new words I learn with Assimil into Anki.
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: 63 / 96 French Duolingo
: 28 / 40 Coffee Break French S2
: 51 / 113 Assimil French With Ease
: 9 / 60 Grammaire Progressive Du Francais
: 31 / 40 Yonsei Reading 2 (Korean)


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