CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

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Re: CarlyD's 2018 German log

Postby CarlyD » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:00 pm

And the first week of the 365-Day Challenge comes to a close.

I have 7 days, of course. My Memrise streak is now 211 days--thought I would lose it over the weekend with the storm and loss of power, but I did it really early before the storm started.

I'm seeing people posting that if you are in danger of losing your streak on Duolingo, they actually want you to pay money to maintain your streak. The ones I saw were 14.99 Euro or $6.99 US. Would that I would care that much.

Well, my "vacation" is over, and I'm back to doing more in German--but I have no plan. I need to sit and make some clear goals. I have "doing" goals (i.e. finish chapter 11 in textbook) but I need some goal like be able to write something or say something. Hopefully Bootcamp will be starting up again soon and maybe I can see what the group there thinks.

I'm waiting for some lower-level fiction books to arrive from Schoenhof's and then I need to get a reading list together for the Short Story Challenge. I have a crazy goal of one short story a week, so I'm hoping I'll end up with at least 20. (I always set my goals for way higher than I can achieve--then I end up with more than I thought I originally could do even if I don't make the crazy goal.)

Someone posted a meme on Facebook--I should have saved it. I understood Every. Single. Word.

It felt good. :D
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Re: CarlyD's 2018 German log

Postby CarlyD » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:01 pm

So if not for the firm habit I'd made during my 175-day challenge, I wouldn't have done any German at all yesterday or today. Trauma/drama going on in my hobby group that spilled over and was being played out over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and probably a few other places. Since I'm an Admin in the hobby group, I spent way more time putting out fires and convincing people that calling the media wouldn't actually solve anything than I did learning German. Did my minimum, though.

I'm hoping it dies down soon, but this is looking more like a war than a fight, so I don't know.

I was reading a listing today of all the new laws that were passed and took effect in California on the 1st. Amazing number of laws. Including this gem:

The State of California has deemed that the phrase "Foreign Language" can no longer be used as the word "foreign" is apparently mean. Or racist. Hard to say.

Starting January 1st, only the term "World Language" can be used here--in schools, colleges or wherever.

They were unable to find the time to discuss the need for additional homeless services, but thank God we're now protected from bad words. :P
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Re: CarlyD's 2018 German log

Postby CarlyD » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:09 pm

I just finished watching a livestream seminar by Idahosa Ness called The Ideal Language Learning Schedule. He is the founder of the Mimic Method, a site to help you improve your pronunciation, and I've been working (slowly) on the German module since the 1st of December.

He says he's going to start doing livestreams once a week, so I don't know if he plans to go in more directions than just pronunciation, but it will be interesting to keep up and see.

He talked about the "3-P's"--Perception, Practice and Performance and he brought up an idea that I heard from someone else but questioned whether it would work. He said to listen to something harder than you can understand and try to pick out 5 words, and find out the meaning of those 5 words. The other person (in a book I recently read that I think I named in an earlier post) said to listen 20 minutes every day, from day 1, and just look for 5 words.

He gave everyone a challenge to make Performance the foundation of their language journey and talked about the importance of finding language partners, even if it takes some time to find ones that fit for you.

Here's his seminar on Youtube if anyone wants to see it. I noticed he also has a lot of short videos about pronunciation helps in a variety of languages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIyZDwGP3ws
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby CarlyD » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:22 pm

Benny, Benny, Benny. We've been booted from Bootcamp.....again. It wasn't perfect; he wasn't ready; and he scheduled the livestream for the new Add1 Challenge at exactly the same time. I guess he missed yesterday's seminar on scheduling......

So I went through everything and made a schedule of everything I want to do and when I want to do it. Now I'm wondering if the 9 hours a day it will take to do it might be a tad too much.... I'm going to work on a wee more reality based schedule today.
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby CarlyD » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:49 pm

I finally went through and changed all my social media--Facebook, Next Door and Ravelry--to German. Ravelry is probably the worst--in the Forums it's still 90% English, but when searching for a pattern it's totally German. Which would be nice but I don't actually have a knitting German vocabulary. I wanted a pattern that was knit in squares using 5 needles and didn't even know how to correctly word it in English--I ended up switching back temporarily to English. :(

Facebook is now totally German. I was trying to hide a post that had a horrible picture and was seriously hoping that I wasn't blocking the whole group when I clicked.

I was told I should also switch my phone and computer operating system. Um....no. Hopefully one day though.

365 Challenge--16 days, plus currently have a 220-day streak in Memrise.
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