The activities I have chosen to do for the current few weeks are almost too easy. Easy as in they require little effort from me. It's just watching tv and listening to an audiobook, and I've previously watched/listened to both. Bonusfamiljen (tv) is fine, I'm not catching everything without subtitles but I am able to better appreciate the acting, which is making the experience more enjoyable overall. I suspect that listening improves no matter what, ie. that I could watch exactly zero amount of television/movies with any kind of subtitles, or in other words only watch tv without subtitles, and yet still, over time, my listening would improve. I find subtitles to be too distracting on the whole anyway, I'm sure there is some benefit to them but I also think they harm as much as they help (reduced capacity for listening because one is trying to also focus on reading, brain doesn't multitask etc.).
Odinsbarn (audiobook) is so comfortable and relaxing to listen to, my only problem is that my attention wanders or I fall asleep Icelandic:
Alright, that's it, I've had it with pages of vocabulary without context. Course makers: don't do this! I said it a while back too that I was going to start skipping exercises, but I didn't because "surely they wouldn't be there if they weren't necessary" well I'm tired of those. I'm going to be working on Colloquial Icelandic for probably another year at the pace I'm going. No thanks. It takes quite the will of steel to hang in that long. Oh! Hahaha I wanted more verb tenses, right? So I could just start getting into reading? I flipped through CI and the next verb tense (I think) is imperative, in another couple of units
After that, I think there are participles a few units later... Past tense is in unit 14!
There are only 16 units. Rats. Past tense is key for reading novels haha. I'll think about doing things out of order.
Case (tv) is rather depressing. I mean, duh, these cop/murder shows are. In terms of listening comprehension, some days feel like I'm making progress, other days every line of dialogue is incomprehensible mumbling. I'm not entirely convinced they are saying words, but mmhhnkrrrþþhhhbngrrbmhhhlþmrhhhmrrrrððþmrrr. I think Neurotip and Soffía were joking about Icelandic being an elaborate hoax several months back. Well... Finnish:
Bleh, Teach Yourself is not my thing. I was using Anki (I confess! I confess!) but it was like 20-30 minutes of Anki plus 10-15 minutes pulling teeth with Teach Yourself plus 0 minutes of fun. Going SRS-less for a language like Finnish feels like going skydiving without a parachute. Anyway I could quit this language just because of the resource. Fortunately I scheduled to resource-hop after unit 3 and I have maybe one more day's work with unit 3 so I'll hold out that long and then switch it up! I'm also going to squeeze in 10-15 minutes of tv because maybe getting to hear real speech would keep me motivated as well.
I understand some people use Assimil even if they don't understand French/German? Use it as some kind of graded reader or something (with audio)? Assuming I keep going with Finnish, and assuming I finish one of these beginner resources I have, I wonder if I'd be better off just diving straight into native materials or if getting the Assimil le finnois (or whatever) and using it for more graded listening/reading practice would be a good middle step or waste of time.
I'm actually wondering if I'm moving too quickly through the TY book! I started about 3 weeks ago I think, and I'm nearly done the third unit, and according to my spreadsheet I've put in between 10-11 hours. Compared to Colloquial Icelandic, the first few units of TY Finnish are relatively light. I probably shouldn't assume I'll keep up the current pace. But if I did, I'd be done the whole book in, what, another 60 hours?
I've been doing other dabbling and falling prey to wanderlust (where do I have the time?!) and it's only serving to convince me that I make bad decisions
Two languages is a challenge, three languages is bordering on insanity, four languages is... well I've started living in an alternate reality where the laws of physics don't apply. My head gets done in with all the reading but somehow the novelty of everything outweighs the rest.