I am hoping that by the end of the day, I should be caught up with all my flashcards with the exception of my sentence deck. I guess it'll take another week to get that one under control.
On extensive listening front, a reasonably long road trip means I've finished my first audiobook (does that count as my first book generally?
) and I'm onto my second:
Again, it's along the self help lines. It's not great work of literature of course, but then that's the point, it's relatively easy to understand. Indeed I am quite pleased as it's easier to understand than the last audio book and my level of comprehension is pretty high.
I've finished watching как я стал русским, any recommendations on what to watch next? Whilst I'm talking about serials, I've created some cards using subs2srs from Шулер (I watched it some time ago
). Given there are Russian and English subtitles that seem to be in sync it's not a bad candidate. I've not being using subs2srs for a while, mainly due to time constraints, so I'm going to keep the number of new cards a day pretty low.
In terms of studying language related to my profession, it's become clear to me that's it's going to take quite a while to get to a competent level. But as always, the key will be to keep chipping away and one day I'll wake up and it will all be easy. It's just a shame that won't be next week
As I mentioned before I got some vocabulary lists with audio made up for me as a kickstarter. I've already got all the C# terms in Anki and reviewed, I'm currently working my way though the SQL list. Of course these lists are only a launch pad, so I've started reading a C# book in Russian. I've got hold of both the English and Russian versions which is handy. I'm not sure whether I'll read all of it, or how I will read it, but at least initially I'm reading intensively in LingQ as with all my other reading. As I go through key terminology is getting added to my Anki deck. My feeling so far is, that outside the technical stuff, the vocabulary is fairly limited, so hopefully I'll pick up speed at some point.
I'm also thinking ahead as to how I will start to activate this technical vocabulary given that your average online tutor won't understand any of this stuff, and with language exchange it's hard to find someone who will work on what you want and the way you want. Potentially hiring a dev on upwork could be the way to go, but of course I'm not sure how good they'll be at corrections. Anyhow, there's still time to mull this one over.
I'm still getting daily practice on all the four major skills with WhatsApp, and I'm continuing to intensively read with LingQ. I need to start thinking about having a bit of a push with grammar as I've not done a lot with that recently and it's probably lagging behind. It's at that dangerous stage where I know enough to speak and understand, and it's a bit too easy to ignore more elegant was of saying things or those lesser used constructions.