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Skynet
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Languages: BILINGUAL: Shona & English
PURSUING: French (B2?), German (A0)
ILLITERATE: Farsi Persian (listening, speaking)
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Re: SKYNET goes online! World domination log.

Postby Skynet » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:46 pm

addylad wrote:You mentioned 40 hours of DLI German. At what rate are you planning to cover the material?


German:
Day 74 of Assimil GWOT, GWE & NGWE. I have never, ever done any course for this long. I am astonished that I have been able to maintain this steady pace of the same books for more than 10 weeks. That having been said, I am getting very bored and sense that I am experiencing the infamous 'Assimil burnout.' To remedy this, I shall be taking a break from Assimil Cubed on day 77 to start my German DLI 30 Day Challenge which is now being joined by Linguaphone 3rd gen German (1990). The LP course will be modified to focus on my oral production skills (read: reading aloud and shadowing). I have also been using the free content on the "News in Slow German" application, and I must say that I have been learning a tremendous amount of vocabulary. I must say that it I find it very challenging, but that is expected for someone who has been working on German for only 10 weeks. It was not so long ago that I found RFI News in Slow French insurmountable either, so I am not dispirited.

Plan:
a) 3 hours of DLI German Basic a day (I discovered from DLI French Basic that 1hr of DLI audio corresponds to 2 hrs of real-world
studying, so will use that as my base case studying time.)
b) 1/2 an hour of LP (1990), which will give me enough time to go through each chapter at least thrice.

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French:
Completed: CLE Vocabulaire PdF ( 250 L, Ava.) and CLE Comprehension Orale 2 (50 L, Int). The latter is simply amazing and has improved my listening!
Continuing: CLE Grammaire PdF (400 L, Ava.) and CLE Orthographe PdF (405 L, Ava.) I have always been a grammar pedant, so I am really enjoying these books. REALLY!
Started: CLE Comprehension Orale 3 (50 L, Int), CLE Grammaire en Dialogues (32 chapters - very disappointing course thus far!) and CLE Communication PdF (365 L, Int.)

Since my DELF B2 is two months away, I am not sacrificing any CLE course for my FSI French Basic output challenge, but will have to slow the CLE regimen demonstrably. The course's ~80 hours of audio will require me to spend ~3 hours a day. I cannot talk for that long, and will break it into two sessions: one during lunch (1 hour) and another after supper (2 hours). The last of my distractions friends left the island for continental Europe this morning, so I will not be getting, "Hey, let's be spontaneous and go to XYZ" notifications for a while.

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Random Ruminations
I suppose that you wonder how I do this when I am doing a double-master's program, am preparing for several professional financial certificates, have a job as a researcher, have a vibrant social life, am very involved in church activities and keep physically fit? I keep a very strict timetable that I adhere to obsessively, and have also made a small sacrifice with my academics. Don't panic, I am not failing or anything, but I think that getting 90% for exams and getting language skills that will open even more opportunities is much better than getting 100% and remaining bilingual. Of course, this won't be the case when I renew my IELTS next year. I have also been visiting the forum FAR less than I did in the past, which is a huge saving of time.

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Vanquishing the old demon of wanderlust:
I have had to really fight off my Spanish and Dutch curiosities! Fortunately, I was able to muster the will power to return the Assimil Spanish Without Toil and Dutch Without Toil contraband to Melkor's basement.
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PeterMollenburg
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Re: SKYNET goes online! World domination log.

Postby PeterMollenburg » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:10 pm

Quite simply - always an inspiration, you are a machine! Keep up the awesome work Skynet!
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SGP
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Re: SKYNET goes online! World domination log.

Postby SGP » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:56 pm

PeterMollenburg wrote:Quite simply - always an inspiration, you are a machine! Keep up the awesome work Skynet!
Anybody tell me how "that machine" manages to do all those things?
Edit: that wasn't a rhetorical question.
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