Saturday, May 18, 2024

last clock for May

 


that makes five language clocks for May, and a good variety of work days and non work days   I have another work day tomorrow, and then some family is coming in, while I still have work shifts, so next week will be very non-routine

I segued to doing Russian on busuu instead of French, and have continued doing Spanish on my mobile, although I can 'taste' that I am ignoring Romanian and Czech a lot  Still did the French crossword on linguno and really enjoyed it - although I had to have translate open so I could get the accent marks in the words that I knew were right, but couldn't 'see' in my mind's eye which letters had accents.

Off to bed soon, get as much sleep as I can for tomorrow's work, lots more packages waiting to be delivered.

Friday, May 17, 2024

branching out



bit of branching out AND narrowing in?  Is that possible?  I have been visiting two new sites besides the green owl - busuu.com and linguno.com and have found good resources on both of them - I also found a bunch of pinterest and flickr files for French children's books, reading primers and poetry and have been working through those a page at a time.  

I worked at copying some poetry, focused on accents and made sure I looked up every word that was unfamiliar in the children's primer - they definitely use a different set of vocabulary, and also, the primers looked like they were from 40 years ago, so there is that, as well.  Still browsing on Bulgarianpod101 and using Clozemaster for exploring words and practicing listening.


rugit 'roars' (roars, tiger)

tromphe 'trunk' (elephant)

cuveau (vat, basket, trough?)

caoutchouc (rubber)


Mark made me some new magnets for my whiteboard, and I made a few more yesterday as well out of some mosaic tiles.  When I put up my vocab review and words that I need to pay attention to - I like to have enough magnets to move them around some.  I write on the board often, as well - but sometimes I do want to write something down and just shuffle it away and put it up again later.


3d printed with rare earth magnets tapped into the hole in the bottom

Spanish vocab list from spanishdictionary.com - I did Spanish on my mobile app as well today while I waited for packages to be sorted.

I'm expecting a harder day tomorrow, so headed to try to sleep early.


Thursday, May 16, 2024

garden

'white ball milkweed' : Asclepius variegata, growing in a local creek area

 

 

daylilies in my garden


Still doing the language clock thing, I'll probably do it for just a few more days again so I have five clocks to compare to - even without really thinking about it, I'm often separating repetitions of the same language by 6 or 12 hours... - I've found a new site for French listening, accent mark stress and crosswords - it is Linguno.com and I want to remember it to go back for all of that 

I did some extra French translation today, and watched several more videos, worked on vocab in Spanish and Bulgarian, and the Hindi alphabet - not to mention garden, laundry, baking, made candy to put in freezer, fed animals, washed, dried and sorted laundry and ALSO did feed store and grocery shopping...and then Esme's school called and said she would fail a final if she didn't show up just right then (and we were in the checkout lane at the grocery) - so, it's really really been a day, even without postal route to do



 and... the day started at 4 am, yes - it really did.. because the dogs were very convinced my floor fan beginning to squeak was the goat crying in distress outside in the fence, and they kept going in and out and in and out.. (why does everyone else sleep through that? is my waking up and catering to them just mom instincts?)  and I wanted a nap again at 6, but instead I made breakfast and started laundry and by then I was awake and everyone else was awake soon after, and we did our town run


bits

 yesterday was a very long day, with almost ten hours of driving out on a route - not the one I had been assigned to at the start of the day, but an emergency situation where I had to pick it up for someone else - and another carrier came after their route and helped me with the last half hour of it, which would have been another hour otherwise, so that helped some...  Esme had her wildlife competition for the year, she placed seventh in the region for high schoolers, and that makes a wrap for this school year


As I was driving, sans radio, because it was all unfamiliar and I didn't know where the next thing was most of the time - thoughts came to me that I had forgotten most of the Czech words for clothing, although I remembered them for French (of course) and Spanish


So here:

https://www.czechclass101.com/czech-vocabulary-lists/clothes

and this:

vocabulary : Welsh, French, Spanish, Czech

shirt : crys, chemise, camisa, košile

-----dw'in hoffi'r crys

-----j'aime la chemise

-----quiero la camisa

------líbí se mi tato košile


shoes : esgidiau, chaussures, zapatos, boty

    esgid ( singular), chaussure, zapato, bota

pants : pants, pantalon, pantalones, kalhoty

jeans : jins, jeans, vaqueros, džíny

socks : hosan (sanau, hosanau(singular))

    chaussettes, (chaussette (singular))

    calcetines (medias), (calcetin, media (singular))

    ponožky (ponožka (singular))


hat : het, chapeau, sombrero, klobouk

dress : ffrog, robe, vestido, šaty

coat : cot, manteau, abrigo, kabat 

clothes : dillad, vetements, ropa, oblečení

 

Yesterday's language clock, with the split sleep, and a little bit of Spanish (on my mobile) put in during my mandatory ten minute lunch break


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

language clock

 

 

this is one of the things I do sometimes to get an idea of how I am using my time in languages, and spaced repetition (golden time, as they call it, in several language learning platforms)   Even before I really figured out what that was - I noticed I WAS using that method, of separating things out by 6, 12 or 24 hours  I really do much better spacing it out like that than trying to go all one language or in really large blocks - sometimes 5 to 10 minutes is enough to 'make my ears smoke' - especially in Spanish and Catalan, and other times I can work for a half hour or more and not feel overwhelmed


so when they say I could really be fluent if I focused on just one language?  No, I don't think so.. I think I'd get so overwhelmed and swimming with multiple things in the one language that I would stop and not go back to it for days - which, I do sometimes... but since I'm rotating through 10 to 15 languages, I'm never static or frustrated for very long - I just go to other content, and then bounce back when I feel I'm ready, whether that is 6 hours later, or three days, or even a few months  And other languages REALLY help me understand more - I was studying Romanian when I tried to learn Spanish, (and already A2 in French) and it was so VERY hard... and then I tried to learn some Portuguese, and bounced in a little Italian, and dove deep into Catalan, and then came back to Spanish and said 'Oh - there's MORE room for this, in the right places now, in my head - and it's not mixing with the French so badly I can't keep them separate'  That is definitely a synesthete thing

 

of course, languages isn't the only thing I do all day - although, looking at that clock, you'd wonder maybe?  I've gotten little girl off to school, worked driving postal route a few hours, came home and did some laundry, cooked dinner etc.. but this is a good example of how I smatter / scatter languages throughout the day and make progress over time, and this is three years into my 'goal' so it is not a passing fad.  I continue to recognize more and more in many foreign languages when I watch videos, television and movies.

I also did an audio test in French during that larger block, and came out with 80% recognition of the words.  I watched a children's video in Latvian, and did some more clozemaster in Bulgarian - all the rest was on my two Duolingo profiles (one mobile)

 

Catalan meses : Surface practice with sound, DuoLingo learning from Spanish

gener

febrero

març

abril

maig

juny

juliol 

agost

setembre

octubre

novembre

desembre



I'm in that 6:30 pm block right now doing Czech grammar on the whiteboard - mostly just writing down sentences from Duolingo for reinforcement of the grammar topics I know I'm weak on - then I can look at them all together



Thursday, May 09, 2024

language update

a flashback to 2007, almost the same time, in May, getting a sign ready for a flea market booth


Mark and one of our dogs, Kelba, also from maybe July 2007, getting the tires changed on our truck in town

 


 Henry and Irene on the day Esme was born, in the hospital room


 

It rained and had lightning last night, big storms to the north of us had tornadoes

We got a lot of rain, but not so much the road was too muddy.

 Esme has one week left of school, and her wildlife competition.  She said there is a Geometry test she is dreading, but not so much on the rest. 

French         L 25 XP 49867 19867 XP beyond Level 25
Welsh             L 24 XP 29758 +242 XP to next level
Spanish          L 23 XP 24570 +1430 XP to next level
Japanese         L 19 XP 14335 +665 XP to next level
Czech             L 19 XP 13581 +1419 XP to next level
Romanian         L 17 XP 11143 +857 XP to next level
Portuguese      L 16 XP 9632 +868 XP to next level
Italian             L 15 XP 7570 +1430 XP to next level
Greek             L 14 XP 6927 +573 XP to next level
German            L 14 XP 6041 +1459 XP to next level
Finnish             L 13 XP 5515 +485 XP to next level
Catalan (es)     L 12 XP 3953 +947 XP to next level
Swedish             L 11 XP 3689 +211 XP to next level
Norwegian         L 11 XP 3097 +803 XP to next level
Spanish (fr)         L 11 XP 3025 +875 XP to next level
Hungarian         L 10 XP 2438 +562 XP to next level
Ukrainian          L 10 XP 2288 +712 XP to next level
Irish                  L 9 XP 2174 +76 XP to next level
Turkish              L 9 XP 2044 +206 XP to next level
Polish                 L 9 XP 1798 +452 XP to next level
Chinese              L 8 XP 1446 +204 XP to next level
Russian                L 8 XP 1180 +470 XP to next level
Dutch                     L 7 XP 998 +127 XP to next level
Hindi                     L 7 XP 917 +208 XP to next level

 and Duolingo doesn't have Bulgarian or Latvian, but I've been working on little bits here and there - the Bulgarian is close to Czech and Russian, and I am going to work a bit more on the Russian just to familiarize myself with the Cyrillic characters more for studying on the separate Bulgarian site

-- got distracted, headed back to working on that - although it is also one of those mornings where I am hungry but don't want food, so thinking on that, will probably have to find some remedy to that with bread and butter or oatmeal

that other language site I like to go to is 'ba ba dum' I keep forgetting exactly and took me a few minutes to get to it today.  I am looking at BulgarianPod101 and doing some of the free lessons there, and then comparing my Czech and Russian language lessons to Google Translate and listening to what the same words are in Bulgarian and writing them down.  I have a Bulgarian phrasebook from a while back but I have to find it


Latvian : children's show 'Tutas Lietas' and children's website 'bern istaba'