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Friday, 15 December 2017

456

Weird dream: I’m at a language school where a bomb goes off. They lose vocabulary and even some letters of the alphabet. But I show staunchly remain enrolled while the school rebuilds.

Other news: I break my rule of avoiding textbooks and buy Teach Yourself Russian at the Orphans Aid Op Shop. It was printed in 1943—Russian must’ve seemed a good idea then.

The Russian alphabet of 32 letters can be divided into 4 groups: letters alike with English, letters like English but with different sounds, letters unlike, and a final weird group of 4. 

No bomb explosions but. 

Today: J2 D2 G1 F1 R1      

Total: J253 D129 G47 P37 F24 Sp21 Da1 A1 R1

Thursday, 14 December 2017

455

The idea of copying down 10,000 sentences to pick up a language. I suggested it to my class. I thought about doing it myself. I’m sure that I’ve mentioned it previously, but I haven’t gone through with it. Why not? 

There are habits that I’ve managed to start. There are others I’ve considered, and that’s as far as it’s gone. Well, I guess that that’s normal.

The ten thousand would work for German, Japanese, French and Spanish. It could work for a Scandinavian language, Italian, Portuguese and the like. It’s not necessary for Dutch. Polish isn’t yet at that point.

Today: J2 G1      

Total: J251 D127 G46 P37 F23 Sp21 Da1 A1

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

454

I unexpectedly did some French today when I stumbled across famous French humor or, as the French would say l’humour. I happened to see Remi Gaillard on Youtube. He is one of the original pranksters, famous for crashing football matches, tennis open finals and Mr Universe contests. He also likes to dress up as an animal.

Language needs to be kept playful too. In class today I’ll demonstrate various tricks to keep language learning light. The trick with teenagers, however, is not to let it get too much out of hand!

Today’s lesson: how not to be intimidated by books.

Today: J2 F1      

Total: J249 D127 G45 P37 F23 Sp21 Da1 A1

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

453

There’s a junky second-hand place in Kaikorai Valley. I went there yesterday and filled a shopping bag with books for $5. Altogether 53 of them—young adults’ ones mainly. I’ll use them for my class.

Almost weighing in at the same amount are a couple of hardcover books: Cathys Traum, and Scarlet Feather. They are both by Maeve Binchy; they are both the same book.

I’ll use for for my class too, but for myself mainly. I’ll read them, not sentence by sentence, but paragraph by paragraph. English then German. A modified Heinrich’s manoeuvre, therefore. They’re just not very portable.

Today: J2 G1 D1      

Total: J247 D127 G45 P37 F22 Sp21 Da1 A1