cathrynm: suomi/日本語

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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby cathrynm » Tue May 28, 2019 4:42 pm

And near as I can tell, Finnish bookstores will not deliver to the USA, and I'm just not up for lugging books back to the USA. I went with only a carry on, so maybe I could buy a suitcase and..., no, I don't care this much. So, the quest for a source for Finnish books continues. Did pick up a copy of Suomen mestari, which was featured prominently in the language learning section. Just paging through it, I feel like I know all the words in this thing, but the exercises I'm not sure, so I think it'd be good for me.
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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby iguanamon » Tue May 28, 2019 5:34 pm

cathrynm wrote:And near as I can tell, Finnish bookstores will not deliver to the USA, and I'm just not up for lugging books back to the USA. I went with only a carry on, so maybe I could buy a suitcase and..., no, I don't care this much.

They still have post offices in the world and most countries have a cheaper rate for mailing books overseas called "media mail" in English. That's what I do when I'm outside the country and don't want to lug a bunch of books back home with me. It's very affordable.
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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby Nogon » Tue May 28, 2019 5:38 pm

Have you checked the Book Depository? They have some finnish books and it's free delivery worldwide.
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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby cathrynm » Tue May 28, 2019 6:48 pm

Have not tried bookdepository. Looking through selection under Finnish right now. Sort of an odd collection of titles, but I think maybe I'll find something in here to bite on, see how it works out. Yeah, and I haven't even thought of mailing books back myself. I'm just used to Amazon, click the button, they show up. This is a new world for me.
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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby cathrynm » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:56 pm

And now back at work, after coming back from Finland. Would say this, at least, that going to the country makes 'learning Finnish' seem like less of an insane thing (even though maybe it is.)
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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby cathrynm » Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:56 pm

So, I've booked another trip to Japan. Oddly in September, which is not the greatest for weather, but I'll be going to the Tokyo Game show. I'm a game programmer by profession, and I figure I can wander around during the industry-insder days, see what's going on. Maybe do some other random wandering around Japan too. Have been poking along with Clozemaster in Finnish, but also have been busy exercising, trying to lose weight lately. Have actuallly dropped some pounds, so language progress slow, but progress on the body is going well. Still feeling fat, but feeling less fat, and like I'm on the right track, so motivation is high right now.
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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby ilmari » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:43 am

cathrynm wrote: So, the quest for a source for Finnish books continues.

You could also try https://ruslania.com/?language=en. It is an Helsinki bookshop which sells mostly Russian material, but also Finnish and Estonian textbooks. And they deliver worldwide at a very reasonable price.

Here is the link to their Finnish textbooks list: https://ruslania.com/en/books/categories/254-finnish-language-textbooks/
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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby cathrynm » Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:13 am


And these never get old.
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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby cathrynm » Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:24 am

Stumbled by the new Muumit series on Japanese TV. Still a little bit not sure of the look, feels a little bit overly 3d to me, some details felt a little off, but we'll see. Anyway, it is on YLE, not sure if my VPN will be good enough to do it, we'll see. Would rather do this in Finnish as I have a thousands of options for Japanese language TV.
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Re: cathrynm: suomi/日本語

Postby cathrynm » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:39 am

And, another JLPT N2, and this time, failed. Slightly different results 26/17/30 73/180. So actually did best on listening, and worst on reading. Hmm. The thing is, this year I have been massively distracted with diet and weight loss, and did actually get my weight down to healthy BMI. So this year was a success on this front. For me, though exercise + work + Japanese, just is too much, and these days i barely have time for laundry it seems like.

Trying to figure out what my plan for 2020 is. I always have been going all-JLPT all year, but considering that for 2020, just cram on JLPT 2 the entire year?
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