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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew and Arabic (and English also ;) )

Postby cjareck » Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:16 pm

Ani wrote:The author has excellent academic English :) one correction "there are 200"

The Author would like to express his gratitude as well for the correction as for the praise of his achievements. Nicolaus Copernicus University organizes special courses in Academic English. For researchers they are free, but it is 90 hours during one semester from 5 pm till 8 pm or something similar. In the Author's opinion, the same results may be achieved, or perhaps even exceeded, by writing text in formal English.

Ani wrote:Those don't look like terribly modest goals, tbh. Juggling work for three languages isn't easy!

Please do not exaggerate! Log's Author does not learn English but only practice output in this language instead of input only. The goals are unfortunately not 100% clear and thus give quite a wide field of manoeuvre with rating them. In a few days, it will be clear if this was a well-planned goal setting.

For a historian, a minimum is to be able to look at the page of text and decide what is essential and needs to be translated. In Author's opinion, he achieved this in Hebrew and French, possibly exceeded in Russian. He is proficient in English and German, as the passive skills are considered. One could say that such a situation results in the necessity to improve Arabic first, but other opportunities (travels, contact with eyewitness and someday archival research) make reaching a higher level of Hebrew a need. Since the Author researches Arab-Israeli conflict, he has to learn at least some Arabic. He can use various modern tools, such as Google Translate, much more effectively, just knowing basic of the language.
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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew and Arabic (and English also ;) )

Postby Alicat » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:34 pm

American history has many wars, including civil. I found a very detailed historical resource where the events of the past centuries of America are described. I was very interested to learn about the role of women in the history of America, such as Eliza Hamilton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Dorothea Dix and others. Read this informative.
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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew and Arabic (and English also ;) )

Postby cjareck » Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:31 pm

It is time to analyze the goals for the last week:

HEBREW
- flashcards done
- finish the text from "Hebrew Military Reader" and start preparing sentences for Anki done
- If the number of the Flashcards drop below 50, start adding drills from the lesson 23 of the FSI Hebrew Basic Course done

One may consider the goals for Hebrew as done, but they were so unclear that they cannot be rated explicitly.
With Arabic, the task was rather clear:
ARABIC
- flashcards done
- add to Anki exercises from DLI Basic Course - Review 1-4. They have no audio nor the answers, so perhaps I will have to ask on "Hi Native" about them not done
- one video of Madeenah Arabic not done
The log's Author read a book about Arabic dialects this week, and he was rather astonished to find out that the differences between literary language and dialects are grave. Even on TV, when literary language is read, the dialect of the reader may influence the resulting speech. Nevertheless, the log's Author is going to proceed with learning MSA since reading books is the essential skill for him.

This week there will be no goals set. The Author has some things to do, like polish the Article in Polish and prepare a new computer to work. Such duties will undoubtedly have their negative impact on language learning.
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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew and Arabic (and English also ;) )

Postby cjareck » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:37 am

There will be no targets set for this week either. The main reason for this is the visit of the Author's sister-in-law with her family, which will increase the number of children at home to 8. So it will be a success if there is the time for flashcards ;)
Maybe the Autor will add to Anki the lesson 5 of DLI MSA Basic Course since he just prepared the necessary audio files ;)
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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew, Arabic and Russian (and English also ;) )

Postby cjareck » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:50 pm

The readers probably noticed the slight change in the topic's title. The Author has not much Russian knowledge, but since it is similar to the Polish, he can communicate in this language. What is more, he does not have any psychical blockade before speaking - he speaks confidently, but his vocabulary and grammar are poor. This lack of the psychical barriers is a strong argument for Russian. The other is very simple. Author signed an agreement with the authorities of Polish town Działdowo (Soldau) for writing part of the book about town's history. He is to prepare two chapters - 1914-1919 and 1939-1945, also both world wars. Nothing surprising, since he is a military historian ;)
For both abovementioned chapters, the Author gathered some valuable materials in Russian, so he has to work with them.

Last week the log's Author added one lesson in DLI MSA Basic Course to his Anki deck of MSA exercises. He also managed to add a small number of flashcards to his Hebrew deck.

Since the Author is home alone during this week, he may set some goals to achieve:

ARABIC:
- flashcards

HEBREW
- flashcards
- add Lesson 23 of the FSI Hebrew Basic Course to Anki
- check for errors OCR'ed text from "Hebrew Military Reader" and prepare it for translation

RUSSIAN
- flashcards (Mostly made of "DLI Russian Refresher Course")
- add to "Learning with Texts" all documents concerning East Prussian Campaign of 1914 and translate fragments with Działdowo (it may sound very ambitious, but there are only a few pages in Russian from the book "East-Prussian Operation" -> http://elib.shpl.ru/ru/nodes/14263-vost ... -gg-m-1939 )
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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew and Arabic (and English also ;) )

Postby cjareck » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:42 am

Last week was something opposite from earlier plans. Due to various distractions, language learning, especially Hebrew was not a priority. Even the Anki decks are waiting for 2-3 days already.
Nevertheless, the Author managed to achieve some successes, mostly in the field of the Russian language.
So the goals for the week were:

ARABIC:
- flashcards partially done

HEBREW
- flashcards partially done
- add Lesson 23 of the FSI Hebrew Basic Course to Anki not done
- check for errors OCR'ed text from "Hebrew Military Reader" and prepare it for translation not done

RUSSIAN
- flashcards (Mostly made of "DLI Russian Refresher Course") done
- add to "Learning with Texts" all documents concerning East Prussian Campaign of 1914 and translate fragments with Działdowo (it may sound
very ambitious, but there are only a few pages in Russian from the book
"East-Prussian Operation" -> http://elib.shpl.ru/ru/nodes/14263-vost ... -gg-m-1939 ) done

The Autor tried this time to take into the consideration that his ambitions are far beyond his possibilities. As a result, the current week's goals should be more modest.

ARABIC:
- Flashcards

HEBREW
- Flashcards
- Continue adding Lesson 23 (at least 20 cards daily)

RUSSIAN
- Flashcards
- Add to "Learning with Texts" all appropriate fragments from Russian war diaries of units engaged in capturing Działdowo (Soldau at that time). It should not be a lot, probably a few pages from 5th Guard Armoured Army, 29th Armoured Corps, 32 Armoured Brigade and maybe from 2nd Assault Army.
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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew and Arabic (and English also ;) )

Postby cjareck » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:49 am

Unfortunately, the log's Author did not found time last week to report his achievements. Since they were not impressive there is not much loss ;) He decided to abstain from declaring goals for next week. He will limit himself to reporting the achievements only.

Log's Author managed to read and gather necessary information from Russian sources about Offensive in January 1945. The "Learning With Texts," "Google Translate" and classical dictionaries were quite helpful in this matter.

Hebrew, unfortunately, did not receive the necessary amount of attention in last two weeks. Nevertheless, some exercises were prepared during this time.

Log's Author used Anki, but not daily as he planned.

That is all, as log's Author thinks.
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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew and Arabic (and English also ;) )

Postby cjareck » Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:36 pm

This week was full of various events not connected with language learning but time-consuming. Nevertheless, the log's Author managed finally to finish adding to Anki lesson 23 of "Hebrew Basic Course" which consisted mainly of "nif'al" conjugation. It will take approximately two more weeks to work through all the added exercises. Then the log's Author will probably wait about two weeks to decrease the number of repetitions before starting lesson 24.

All other languages did not enjoy anything more but Anki reviews at this time.

There is a dilemma with Arabic. From one side, learning just MSA will not solve the problem, and the Egyptian and Syrian dialects will have to follow. Learning them will surely be time-consuming. On the other side, the Author asked on Hi Native about one photo (German Jagdpanzer IV with an inscription in Arabic) and received help, but one user called him something like "Polish Jew" and "Jewish Spy," what surely was not a pleasant experience. Is it resonable to continue studying Arabic?
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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew and Arabic (and English also ;) )

Postby Ani » Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:45 pm

cjareck wrote:Is it resonable to continue studying Arabic?


One of the log's readers notes that HiNative attracts people of extremely low class. This reader comments that she often avoids helping with posts that she finds disgusting or abusive to women. She recommends trying another app to find a long term exchange partner or two. Her top suggestion at the moment is Tandem, particularly due to the fact that it is simple to adjust the age of persons suggested for a match, thus hopefully allowing the elimination of those who's brains haven't completed their development.

Correction for the second to last post -- did not find :)

Sorry you had a lousy experience. Hopefully it can be redeemed in other places/ways.
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Re: Military historian's corner - Hebrew, Arabic and Russian (and English also ;) )

Postby StringerBell » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:41 pm

I am really enjoying reading your "formally written log"!

Since you said that you are practicing writing in a formal way and you would like corrections, I will suggest two small ones to make your writing a little more formal.

cjareck wrote:The readers probably noticed the slight change in the topic's title.


In formal writing, I would use "likely" instead of "probably" and "adjustment" instead of "change". So I would write:
Readers likely noticed the slight adjustment of the topic's title.
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