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Sunday, 18 February 2018


I was speaking in the staffroom, discussing the benefits of a Kindle to a couple of staff members. I mentioned how I was able to flip from the English version of a book to the German. They were mightily impressed, not only with the technology, but that I could actually manage in another language!

I would like to set up some sort of a language club. An informal venue and association. It could be called the Polytech Polyglots, open only to people interested in learning more than one language at a time.

Who should I speak with to start it?

Today: J5 G1 P1 I1          

Total: J470 D186 G79 P54 F49 Sp33 A9 C8 I6 R2 Da2 M1 N1 Sw1


I discovered a research paper on Whole Language. It meshes well with what I’ve been trying to follow, implement, explain and write about. And now it has a name. I sent copies to my colleagues. See what they think.

I was going to write that today I did nothing but Japanese—both the drama, Mother, and my kanji nomenclature. I even did the latter at Mum’s room in Mosgiel. The place has been shut down because of a bug, but I got in the back way. 

Then I remembered that one of 20 books I picked up is in Samoan. 

Today: J5          

Total: J465 D186 G78 P53 F49 Sp33 A9 C8 I5 R2 Da2 M1 N1 Sw1

Friday, 16 February 2018


For my class starts next week, I was could buy 20 notebooks for 5 cents each. $1 in total. I plan to use them as a dialogue journal and reading log. More on whole language practice tomorrow.

For myself, I ‘rolled’ 2 random numbers. For each, I listened and read, the way that I’ll get my class to listen while reading to scripted audiobooks. I listened to 15 minutes of Danish, and I listened and read (both) in Japanese to the entire first chapter of HP1. It’s as least as manageable as German. And not all that far off Dutch!

Today: J5 D1 I1 Da1           

Total: J460 D186 G78 P53 F49 Sp33 A9 C8 I5 R2 Da2 M1 N1 Sw1

Thursday, 15 February 2018


Now I’m watching an 8-part drama series called Mother. It’s really rather good, and addictive viewing. It has a young child as one of the main characters, so it has enough simple Japanese to satisfy me. But since child abuse is one of the issues, I don’t think that I’ll let Sachi watch it. It’s set near Hakodate, in Hokkaido, so the winter scenes are natsukashii.

Apart from that, I busied myself earlier in the day with some kanji work, some Dutch and also some Italian. Rather than all those European languages interfering with each other, they are mutually supportive. 

Today: J5 D1 I1          

Total: J455 D185 G78 P53 F49 Sp33 A9 C8 I4 R2 Da1 M1 N1 Sw1