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Monday, 21 August 2017

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Quite easily and naturally I attended to several languages (Japanese, German and Dutch) in the course of the day. Things simply fell into place. I had my Kindle at hand. I acted out of habit. These are good indications.

So what I plan to do is to utilize these strategies in another area of my life that needs them—sorely so. I’m talking about that, for the want of a better word, I’ll refer to as my tendency to procrastinate.


That has been my major issue for as long as I can remember. Let’s teach this old dog new tricks. 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

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I’ve just finished my first home run book in German! Well, actually it’s more of a short story—about 20 pages long. It’s Dorothy Johnson’s tale: A Man Called Horse. In German, Ein Mann namens Pferd.

(Enough to base a movie on.)

Anyway, I’m chuffed! I feel great.

I did it the ‘Heinrich Maneuver’ style—that is, I read it sentence by sentence. First in English, then in German. That worked very well.


Next, I’ll read another story—there are 8 stories in the book—the shortest one: Dog Eater (Hundefresser). And I may copy out some i+1 sentences too.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

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German featured on the radar today. At mum’s, after e-cycling there for the first time, I browsed Omas Tips Apfelessig. Then, detouring home via the Tip Shop, I picked up 5 books for a dollar. And three of those were in German too. 

There’s an SF trilogy by Marrion Zimmer Bradley, Alice by EV Cunningham, and Marga Berck’s Sommer in Lesmona.

The other books—Pippi Goes Abroad, and The Secret Garden are handy to have too as they are often translated.


It’s been a good haul. Now all I must to do is to get stuck in and read them.

Friday, 18 August 2017

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I’ve more of less completed Any Language I Like. I’ll turn it into a PDF file. I’ll set up a landing page. And then, I’ll put more of my time into language acquisition of my own.

It’s like life, you see.

Seeing the whole before you, you can get overwhelmed. That feeling can be paralyzing. But between all or nothing there’s a better way. One by one you can attend to the various things that you wish to get done.


So that’s the mantra. That’s how I’ll proceed from here on out. Starting with a trip on my new Ebike.