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Friday, 20 October 2017

400

My goodness—400 days! It seems like yesterday when I started. Now I’m into a pattern of doing 1 to 2 hours daily, and I’m active in 6 languages. I complete my first-thing-in-the-morning 100 words religiously. I had a book published. And I’ve almost written up a 30-step program for English speakers to learn another language using right-brain techniques. I’m also more-or-less gainfully employed after having returned to New Zealand. What else can I say?—life is interesting!

Popped into an op shop and purchased a bits and bobs in Russian, but not the book that had 1917 in red.

Today: D4 J1 P1 G1   

Total: J90 D71 G29 Sp15 P15 F8

Thursday, 19 October 2017

399

Having misplaced the mini-notepad and pencil that I carry about to record hours, I’m going to have to rely upon my memory today.

In the class that I supervise for self-study students watched the 8 minutes of the start of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World—as an audiobook, a graded reader, on Youtube. It struck me that you don’t need to understand all of the words to follow the plot (especially if you are at conversant with the story). For me in German, Lost in Space und Harry Potter.

However, if you obsess about every word that isn’t the case.

Today: J1 D1 F1 G1   

Total: J89 D67 G28 Sp15 P14 F8

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

398

I completed the French reader. It ended with a chapter by chapter detailing of grammar. I tried to gloss over that, but my eyes quickly glazed over.

Then, in self-study class, I completed another goal of collecting 100 Japanese sentences. That also gave me satisfaction. I’m trying to demonstrate to the students the usefulness of setting goals and motivating yourself.

Another bunch of students I introduced to the computer lab. Many used Word Doc for the first time.

Finally, I picked up a German version of Lost In Space to read. And am reading it! I can do it, Shimajiro!

Today: J3 D1 F1 G1   

Total: J88 D66 G27 Sp15 P14 F7

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

397

To refine my Polish approach further, and to make it faster, here’s what I might do. I’d read a paragraph in English first, just to get it into my head. Then I’d immediately go over the same paragraph in Polish. I’d highlight various words and phrases, but without too much rhyme or reason to it. Simply to focus. And so I wouldn’t waste to much time copying down words.

Let me see. The text that I have is a PDF so I’ll begin by creating a word document to play around on.

This refinement should work well for unfamiliar languages.

Today: D2 F1 G1   
Total: J88 D66 G27 Sp15 P14 F7