French: Self-evaluated starting level ~B1, speaking weak, reading strong
Greek: Starting level beginner
French Goals and Resolutions
- Take DELF B1 in March 2019
- Read at least 12 French books in 2019
- More goals to be listed
A short history of French. I started learning French seriously in April 2018. At that point I was a false beginner, my knowledge coming from some patchy Duolingo use and previous lazy attempts to learn French. My primary sources for getting from false beginner to A2 were Assimil NFWE and Easy French Step-by-Step (a beginner's grammar book). After Assimil, I started reading Harry Potter and increasing my level with a variety of sources cobbled from the internet and a couple books. I also had some language exchange partners from France, a few of which have become good friends. I think I came to the B1 level sometime around September 2018. I am aiming to take the DELF B1 in March 2019 at the Seattle Alliance Française.
My reasons for learning French include interest in French history, appreciation of the culture and atmosphere of France, the importance of the French language during my favorite historical period, and the beautiful sound and appearance of the language. I feel like French will always be my number one love and top priority as far as languages are concerned.
Greek Goals and Resolutions
- Finish Assimil Greek
- Read Hotel Atlantis app (a short graded story in Greek)
A short history of Modern Greek. I started Greek in late October 2018, which I'm rounding to November. I started with Language Transfer Complete Greek and then I bought Assimil Le Grec. Greek has been much more difficult than French. I do Assimil every day, and I supplement with a couple other resources when needed, most importantly Anki.
I am learning Greek because I'm interested in the language, that's all. I think it sounds beautiful and I'd be interested in traveling to Greece at some point. A specific video game set in Ancient Greece may have been to blame, too.