Over Coffee (38)

If we were having coffee I’d be running a bit behind. I got distracted doing my language practice and my head’s rattling around new words, turning each new word over and inspecting it. One of these days, I really am just going to blast through all the “chapters” and reiterate it all. Consolidate. Conjugate. And so on.

I might get something chocolatey today. I’m in the mood for a brownie or something similar.

I’d tell you about the new stack of books I picked up at the library and the way the Totentanz whirls through my head now, little snippets catching on the corners. I’m a little uncomfortable in this coffee shop because the music is so loud, it’s just a few decibels shy of blaring. Let’s shift seats.

That’s better.

I’m still looking for work; there’ll be a new set of applications going out on Monday, if I can find them.

How was your week?

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8 thoughts on “Over Coffee (38)”

    1. I’m doing quite a few at the moment. I find the trick is to have one language as a base and then go for the sister languages – for instance I learned German at school, so now I seem find it a bit easier when I’m on Dutch/Swedish.

      I’m presently learning (shortlist) French, German and Italian. As for focus, Duolingo is my app of choice and it breaks down several tiny chapters that you can cover in 5-10 minutes per day. It’s all quite encouraging; Duo is never going to give you fluency 100%, but as far as I can tell it does give you a good foundation. I’m also motivated by not breaking the “streak” of how often I use the app, and by tracking my XP on the website – I’m the sort who wants to round it up to the next level, and then the next, and so on…

      Eventually I’m hoping to be able to read/listen to music/watch a movie in the target language and then travel, so that’s also motivating.

      Are you learning any languages?

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      1. Wow that is super impressive! I’ve only just started using Duolingo for Spanish. I like it so far!
        Otherwise I try and learn Mandarin but I’m an utter failure at it, although watching Taiwanese dramas helps sometimes. And I would like to take up Korean as well, but I’m too scared to overwhelm myself with too many languages!

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      2. I do find Mandarin difficult, yes! Send me your lingo-learning-powers! I haven’t encountered any weird sentences but I do like how Duo tries to trick you e.g. translate this sentence : [In Spanish] ‘My name is Julia and I am a woman’ said by a man in a man’s voice with a picture of a cartoon man haha. I totally get what you mean about the XP and stuff though, I wanna keep my 5 day streak going etc etc.

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      3. *focuses hard* *sends*

        Hmm… I tried, but I got the sentence in French and German… Tonight Duo (in German) asked “Do you like me?” I guess Duo needed that reassurance. Poor owl. I’ve also been seeing a robot, and a vegetarian zombie. Or maybe it was the bear that was vegetarian.

        Yes! It’s addicting! Do you want to be Duo buddies? I find it encouraging to see when someone else makes more progress than I do 🙂

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      4. Yeah why not, that would be awesome! Duo and me aren’t buddy-buddy enough yet for it to be asking me about my true feelings. My username is SianCheung 🙂 (not sure about how much progress I make – I try to complete one section a night!)

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      5. You should look up wtfduolingo on Tumblr. Hilarity ensues.. sometimes. Other times, it truly is WTF.

        Yay, same! I’m working through the German tree at the moment – I was rotating many languages and then decided I’d probably do a better job of retention if I learned one at at time.

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