CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby CarlyD » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:55 pm

A big sloggy, but why my German is currently messed up.

Back a ways--Jan. 10th--I'd posted that something (that I was not involved in) was playing out as trauma/drama on various social media sites, including the two that I go to. I never posted, wasn't involved, but kind of like that thing you just can't look away from, I kept looking at the new posts and comments. I don't think I realized how much it was distracting me from other things, including my German. But I figured it would play out in a few days, and that would be that.

Last week, while my internet was out for the three days, and the drama still going on, someone apparently posted "well, let's blame those people over there. Get rid of those people and everything will be fine." Unfortunately, I was one of "those people." None of us had participated in the thread, drama, anything, but the owner cooperated in suspending all of the people in my group from his web site. Also, unfortunately, besides being one of "those people" (wrong political party) I was also the Admin for several large groups, including a huge charity group that had a ton of ongoing projects.

I've spent the last week trying to find people who know other people to get messages to them to try and keep all the other groups going until I get out of "jail" and can return to the site. And wondering why I still care and want to return. And have people always been this nasty and mean and I just didn't notice?

And my German. I've seen blogs and posts talking about "finding time for language" when you just don't have enough time. But what about when you have time but your mind is totally distracted? I don't think I've ever seen that come up before. I've been doing a lot of review with Memrise and such, but I'm just not sure if I started any new modules if it would sink in. I generally spend this week before the 6 Week Challenge starts in making all kinds of goals and plans on what I want to accomplish. And I'm just--meh.

Hopefully things will get better. And hopefully my next log post will be happy plans for the 6 Week Challenge.
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby SGP » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:02 pm

CarlyD wrote:And my German. I've seen blogs and posts talking about "finding time for language" when you just don't have enough time. But what about when you have time but your mind is totally distracted? I don't think I've ever seen that come up before.
Been there many times (summa summarum, as the years and even decades passed). Every situation is different of course, but approaches like these might be worth to consider, and they worked for me (at least sometimes):

- Doing some easy things that don't require too much attention, like learning several basic words. Because that is "besser als nichts" (i.e. better than nothing).

- Simply starting without thinking of the distracted mind too much. If the learning activity is interesting enough to rekindle one's undistractedness ;), then it just might cause it to fade away.

- Continuing to even learn something that is "more advanced stuff", even if the mind still is wandering a bit. It's not that being somewhat distracted automatically would cause anyone to be unable to learn just anything new. Yes, it does reduce the possible Grand Total. But again, it still can be "viel besser als nichts".
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby CarlyD » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:14 pm

Thanks, SGP.

Yes, so reviews, and move on even if it doesn't stick. That makes sense. I can always plan new stuff and then plan to review it sooner than I normally would.

Hopefully everything will be back to normal next week, so maybe I'll just end up repeating a week's worth.
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby CarlyD » Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:00 pm

Ok, there's nothing to make you feel better than shopping Amazon like a drunken sailor 3 days before payday. :D

I want:

A Practical Dictionary of German Usage, by K. B. Beaton. Amazon's price $401.00 Yeah, no. I checked all my regulars--Book Depository, Thrift Books, Better World Books and eBay. A bit lower, but still no. :x

I got for free with a gift card:

Mastering German Vocabulary, by Donaldson
Dictionary of German Synonyms, by Farrell

I found on eBay for super cheap:

Using German Vocabulary, by Fagan
Using German, by Martin Durrell ($48 on Amazon, $4 on eBay)
Using German Synonyms, by Martin Durrell ($49 on Amazon, $17 on eBay)

I forget which book I was looking at that they wanted over $600 for. Why do people do that? I think when I hit various yard and book sales and see books like this for a few dollars, I'm going to get them and offer them on eBay for like $10.

In fact, we've been talking in this group about sharing language books for years, but it's never happened. We need to do that.
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby CarlyD » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:08 pm

So we all got an email from Benny Lewis apologizing for bailing on the Language Bootcamp--and a reminder that refunds were only possible in the first 30 days. Yeah, keep it classy, Benny. Then he posted that he would do better and there would be 2 Bootcamps in February. But most of the possible dates that we voted on have already passed with no word from him, except for his social media posts about how much fun he's having. I guess I'm just writing off my fees paid as a donation to his life style. :P

I'm still doing fine on the group 365 Challenge as it's only 30 minutes a day. But my personal 365 Challenge, where I made actual progress every day for the year--it's so not happening. I'm barely doing the 6 Week Challenge right now--still in, but pitiful. Oh, well.

I need momentum. Or enthusiasm. Or maybe a good bribe. :D
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby Cèid Donn » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:28 pm

!!!

Well, I hope Benny comes through for you folks. That sort of thing isn't a good look for his business. (Admittedly, it just renews my own resolve to never give any of these professional polyglots my money.)

But my personal 365 Challenge, where I made actual progress every day for the year--it's so not happening.


That seems like a pretty difficult challenge for anyone at any level, to be honest. We're not machines, neither our brains or our lives are the same from day to day, and some days the best we can do is not go backwards. And that is OK. Or as I like to say, treading water is better than sinking. ;)
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby MamaPata » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:35 am

Wow, that’s really shocking. How long was the boot camp meant to be?
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby CarlyD » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:24 pm

MamaPata wrote:Wow, that’s really shocking. How long was the boot camp meant to be?


It was set for 12 weeks, starting the 1st of December. We've had I think 3 so far, with a couple "I'm hanging around for an hour if anyone wants to ask questions." Plus the 2nd and 3rd Bootcamps were more than a little disjointed and not well planned.

The last I heard he's talking about releasing his Language Hacking books in a few more languages, so I guess that's the priority. The books are ok, so that's probably good--he only has three editions right now, Spanish, French and German. A Russian one would be nice.
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Re: CarlyD's 2018/2019 German log

Postby CarlyD » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:28 pm

Cèid Donn wrote:That seems like a pretty difficult challenge for anyone at any level, to be honest. We're not machines, neither our brains or our lives are the same from day to day, and some days the best we can do is not go backwards. And that is OK. Or as I like to say, treading water is better than sinking. ;)


I have no problem with the treading waters days--I call them review days.

My problem is when there are way more review days than learning days--but that's totally on me and letting other things take over.
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