Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby Alch3mist » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:30 am

Lawyer&Mom wrote:But what about German? I’ve already added it into my Clozemaster rotation, because why not? Tonight I watched Tagesshau for the first time in forever, and I loved loved loved hearing formal high level German again. Maybe I’ll add Tagesshau to the TV routine? It’s short, and just chock full of goodness. Time to bring my German to a simmer.

Tagesschau is really good for listening to high level German. A longer alternative that I can recommend to you is deutschlandfunk, that's the state radio channel, if you can call it like that. It broadcasts the whole day about news, other interesting topics and has many guests on for interviews about books etc.
Another source for high standard German is the Bundestag TV. Just google for Deutscher Bundestag and you'll find many videos of politicians giving speeches or discussing laws.
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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:56 pm

http://www.deutschland.fm/ has a lot of radio channels. I zap through the channels and stick the one which has news (so far, I've had most luck with MDR Aktuell and INFORadio).
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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:22 pm

I wish I had time for German radio! Alas, the best part of Tagesshau is that it’s only 15 minutes. If only my commute time were my own, but I drive in with the kids, and it doesn’t seem fair to subject them to Deutschlandfunk. (I do occasionally sneak in the Frozen soundtrack in French. They already had the original memorized, so they don’t complain *too* much. Je voudrais un bonhomme de neige!)
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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:12 am

You guys!!! There is a Russian bookstore literally a mile from my house!!! We were driving back from dinner and the Cyrillic in the window caught my eye. Okay, so I’m a long way from Russian books, and native materials were never really going to be an issue, since my library has extensive holdings, but still! A real TL bookstore! The browsing I can someday do!
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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:14 am

Today I read the kids a new French picture book that we picked up at Goodwill yesterday. By complete chance, it was an Easter book! (Little girl turns into a fairy when she eats a magic baguette and makes wildly popular dinosaur Easter chocolates for her parents’ boulangerie...) It was a delightful Easter surprise. What are the odds, right?I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, and/or a wonderful day.
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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:16 pm

The one month Russian Clozemaster check-in: I’ve reviewed 6,578 sentences or 2.8% of the 233,585 sentences in the deck. At this rate it will take me 2.9 years to finish the course. :shock:

Actually this seems like a pretty good deal. Russian was always going to be a slog. While I may fly right through the Fluency Fast-Track with French or German, I’ve got to grind, grind, grind with Russian. At least I’m enjoying it.

Read an interesting article about “enhanced” quality TTS for IPhone.

http://blog.vocabninja.com/2015/01/19/t ... he-voices/

Although I’ve grown quite fond of Thomas, Anna and Milena (they have names!!), I’ll be downloading the enhanced voices for my languages tonight.

It’s funny, I find the target language voices quite pleasant, but I think Samantha, the English voice, sounds awful. Perhaps my ear is more finely tuned to English? I’d love to hear what you think about the voices in your native and target languages.
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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:57 pm

My wifi was wonky so they took forever to download, but the enhanced voices are really impressive. Or should I say, expressive. The voices were already good on stressing the right syllable in a word, but the enhanced voices are better at stressing the right word in a sentence.

The only minor downside is that the new voices are a bit distracting. I think they are approaching the auditory uncanny valley. They sound so almost human my brain pays more attention to them. I’m assuming this will wear off with familiarity.

I’m starting to feel tugged towards Spanish. With my French listening comprehension and my two years of middle school Spanish I’m tempted to jump straight into native materials. Well native newscasts. The news is my favorite linguistic kiddie-pool.
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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:51 am

I’ve decided the siren song of Spanish was really my mind asking for a new challenge, not a new language. So I finally started FSI French... Wow. It’s perfect. After a couple hundred hours of French listening, that is. I can’t imagine starting this without any background. They talk so fast! This is going to be fun.
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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby kunsttyv » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:26 pm

Hi Lawyer and Mom, I’m working through the lower levels of Clozemaster Russian as well (in parallell with Michel Thomas and Pimsleur) and I’m impressed by the high quality text-to-speech voices of the cloze listening exercises. I’m using the Tatyana voice. Is it the same one you’re using? Have you turned off spaced repetition of already seen sentences by the way? I’m considering doing that — with more than two hundred thousand sentences I’ll have the high and mid frequency words repeated enough times anyway.
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Re: Lawyer&Mom does it all (French, German, Russian)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:18 am

For all my Clozemaster love, I haven’t actually gone Pro yet. I don’t think you can change your review frequency in the free version. But yeah, I’d be tempted. I’m 5,000 sentences into the 15,000 sentences in the first 500 words, and it’s slow going. I’m still enjoying it, but it’s going to be a long time before I hit 1,500 words and get to start on cartoons.

Clozemaster actually uses different TTS for cloze-listening and cloze-sentences. (I don’t know why.) Cloze-sentences uses the TTS native to my phone, so now the enhanced Milena. I’ll have to try the cloze-listening again to compare the voices. (You get a few a day on the free version.)
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