rdearman wrote:Not sure Skynet's log is the place for this discussion? [[Skynet if you want me to move this last page from your log to its own thread, let me know]]
Thanks for the concern RD, but I am OK with having spirited discussions here
Maiwenn wrote: Congrats on the DELF, Skynet!!! Really impressive results. I look forward to seeing how quickly you outpace me in German.
Thanks Maiwenn! Your progress in Darija and MSA are even more impressive. I am not being falsely modest in saying that I took the 'easy way out' by learning languages that are most similar to English. You, on the other hand, have made tremendous strides in learning an Arabic dialect.
addylad wrote:Congrats! I took the DELF B2 earlier this month. How long did your results take to come through?
Congratulations on sitting the DELF B2! I cannot observe a pattern and comment on the time it takes for the AF to announce results. @zjones sat her B1 on 20 March and received her results on 30 March (10 days), and I sat mine on 27 Feb and received my results on 25 March (26 days). I do not like odd numbers (OCD issue), so I will sit the DALF C2 instead.
Cavesa wrote:Congratulations to your DELF!!!! It's an awesome achievement!
Thanks, big sis! Remember, it was you who made me realise that I could replicate your success despite having a heavy academic load.
Cavesa wrote:To a function:sure, you are right, you should always accommodate the guest on the function. But in the daily life and work?
I would never ask people to change their language on my account with the exception of a) being invited by them to an event and b) in a classroom situation, where the language of instruction is English. I am also very pragmatic and know that speaking/understanding the language beyond what is necessary, when I do not intend to stay here past Feb 2020, is an unwise investment of my time.
Cavesa wrote: If my plan to leave for France turned out to be impossible, I'd learn the language of the second choice.
This is why I am learning languages for my first, second and third options - French, German and Spanish respectively - before I even get there.
Cavesa wrote:...having the English native privilege.
You bring out a salient point here: English has that privilege because it was the language of the world's largest and greatest empire and continues to be the language of the world's incumbent super power. Assuming that the forecasts are accurate and we can avoid a US-China nuclear Thucydides Trap, English will likely still remain the world's premier lingua franca.
The one thing that has always had the ability to disrupt my elaborately planned and organised life is my addiction to reading. As a child, I would always choose to sit in my father's library and read over playing with my peers outside. The consequence? Extremely poor psychomotor skills especially when balls are involved. As an adult, I would always find myself scanning Goodreads instead of cramming hours before an exam. The result? Debating which book to buy in the middle of an exam.
I did zero language learning this week because I discovered Ted Dekker's Circle tetralogy and Wendy Alec's Chronicles of Brothers pentology-now-clearly-to-become-a-hexalogy in my bridge and scrabble partner's house on Saturday night. Christian fantasy authors are becoming very rare these days, so when I do get the opportunity to find them, I do not restrain myself at all. I am proud to announce that I shall be returning those fully-read books this afternoon.
Now that I have effectively taken a week-long sabbatical from languages, I feel refreshed and my resolve to master German is stronger than ever.
French: continue with Assimil Bus. French and Linguaphone Bus. French.
German: complete FSI Level 2 in its entirety at a pace of one unit a week.
Spanish: continue with Assimil Le nouvel espagnol sans peine.
Portuguese: continue to wonder if I would want to live in a world in which I was unable to find the audio for Assimil le portugais sans peine.