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Re: 2016 blog - księżyc

Postby księżycowy » 2016-04-29, 18:50

Ok, I have one more class to attend, and then my semester is over! Woo! :partyhat:

So, what's on the roster for summer you ask? Well, here it is:
Japanese* - Probably either Genki or Minna no Nihongo
Biblical Hebrew - Kittel, et al.
Ancient Greek - Paine
Arabic (MSA)* - ?

French ? - Assimil? FSI?

*I somehow managed to talk my cousin into learning Japanese with me. It came at a cost, however, as he talked me into learning Arabic with him! :lol: I'm not worried about it though, as I've wanted to learn Arabic for a while now anyway. I just wanted to wait a little bit longer, so I could get better at a few of these other languages first. Oh well, I don't think it'll be a major problem.

I'll need to rethink my resources, as he'll be joining in on some of this, but it shouldn't be a problem. In a few weeks I'll kick this thing off officially. In the meantime, I'll figure a few things out and probably start in on some French, Greek and/or Hebrew.

I suppose I should also learn the Arabic alphabet, so I can at least read it. :P

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Postby księżycowy » 2016-05-06, 15:43

Ok, let's kick this off:

Japanese:
After some deliberation, Genki has been chosen as the text we shall use. I'll start working on lesson 1 this week (ending 5/14). I have been listening to a few lessons of Pimsleur as well.While the speed of lessons can get a little annoying, I do find both their careful attention of pronunciation and the spaced repetition helpful. I might keep using it.

Hebrew:
I'm going to begin the first lesson today. Honest! :para:

Greek:
I'll pick up Paine tomorrow.

Arabic:
My cousin has convinced me to use Alif Baa and Al Kitaab. I'm a little sceptical of Al Kitaab, but I'll give it a try. So I bought both and I'm waiting for them to arrive in the mail.

Possible Fifth Language:
I'm concidering between French, German and Polish. All of which would be really useful to me, and I'm interested in all three beyond just their "usefulness." I suppose French would make the most sense, as it's the one I was working on most recently. We'll see. If I do go with it, I'll try out FSI for a change of pace.

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Re: 2016 blog - księżyc

Postby vijayjohn » 2016-05-06, 15:50

ceid donn wrote:Will be working on them immediately. Like, as soon as I post this. :whistle:

Honest! :mrgreen:

księżycowy wrote:I'm going to begin the first lesson today. Honest! :para:

Today appears to be TAC "Honest!" Day. :lol:

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Postby księżycowy » 2016-05-06, 16:08

Yeah, I was reading her thread earlier. It must have crept into my brain and stayed there.

Damn you ceid donn! *shakes fist at sky*
Just kidding.

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Postby księżycowy » 2016-05-06, 16:21

Having just played the SEA word game, I was reminded that if I have time to fit it in, I would like to learn at least some spoken Burmese this summer. I specify spoken because I don't know if I'd have the time to devote to anything else. Hell, I kinda doubt I'll realistically be able to do even spoken Burmese, but I'll give it a shot.

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Re: 2016 blog - księżyc

Postby księżycowy » 2016-05-16, 20:11

Ok, so for the past little bit I've taken a bit of a break from thinking and what not. So sue me. :lol: My classes are over and it's time to partay! :partyhat: :silly:

Anyway, it's time to get back into the swing of things.

So, after talking with my cousin some more, some languages got a bit shuffled and such, as he really is interested in doing Biblical Hebrew with me. He says he still wants to do Japanese with me, but after Hebrew. And as it turns out, I've been wanting to review my Hebrew anyway, so win-win. :P
And as I really want to review my Hebrew before getting into Arabic, I'm dropping Arabic from my TAC. For now.

And as it'll take him a week or two more to be ready to start anything serious with me, I'll poke around some Assimil in the meantime.

So, for this week (5/15-5/21):
Japanese
Assimil Goal - 5/99

Hebrew
Assimil (Modern) Goal - 5/85
Kittel, et al. Goal - 5/55

French
Assimil Goal - 3/113

Ancient Greek
Paine Goal - 4/78 (skipping lesson 1)
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Re: 2016 blog - księżyc

Postby vijayjohn » 2016-05-17, 1:29

Omg I totally skipped over the fact that you were doing Arabic! :shock: I mean, it makes sense, since you've already been studying Hebrew for quite a while, but still. :D

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Postby księżycowy » 2016-05-17, 9:21

Well, in all honesty, I haven't been studying Hebrew continuously this whole time. In fact, I've lost a good bit of it to neglect over the past year or two. That's why I want too regain Hebrew to a good level before starting Arabic.

All of this is facilitated by the fact I'm exploring the possibility of specializing in the Hebrew Bible. These last two courses have really opened my eyes, and made me see the HB in ways I never could before.

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Postby vijayjohn » 2016-05-17, 14:24

Oh, OK. But still, any level of familiarity with Hebrew of any kind should help at least a little bit for anyone who's interested in learning Arabic. :)

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Postby księżycowy » 2016-05-17, 14:31

My thoughts exactly.

And vise versa for my cousin. :P

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Re: 2016 blog - księżyc

Postby księżycowy » 2016-05-22, 15:52

Well, since this last week was my "vacation" and all, I'll forgive the late start and all. Moving right along, I have started to work on some Hebrew today, and for now I'll just do Modern Hebrew until my cousin is ready to work on biblical with me (unless he takes too long :P ). I'm also planning on working on some Japanese in a bit. So I'm getting back into it. I'll up date my goals later today or tomorrow, but for now:

Completed:
Hebrew - 3/85

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Postby księżycowy » 2016-05-22, 16:33

And now I've reviewed the first few lessons of Japanese! Woohoo!

So, my plan for this week is to work through about 2-3 lessons from my Assimil books for Japanese and French at a time (as most of it is review right now), but to still take it slowly enough that I'm not rushing through top fast and getting sloppy or anything. I'll move at a slightly slower pace with Hebrew (1-2 lessons at a time), as it's been a bit longer since I've worked with the language. I haven't quite decided how often I'll work on them all. I might try to do them all daily, or alternate one or two of them.

Greek is a wild card.

My over all goals are about the same over all though....

Goals for the Week of 5/22-5/28:

Japanese
Completed: 3/99
Goal: 8/99

Hebrew
Completed: 3/85
Goal: 6/85

French
Completed: N/A
Goal: 5/113

Greek
Completed: N/A
Goal: 4/78

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Postby księżycowy » 2016-06-19, 17:38

Well, it's time for an update. I wish I had more progress to show, but anything is better than nothing.

Japanese
Completed: 7/99

Hebrew
Completed: 7/85

French
Completed: 2/113

Greek
Completed: N/A

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Re: 2016 blog - księżyc

Postby księżycowy » 2016-09-29, 23:17

I haven't been on this thread in a while. I think it's in desperate need of an update. :whistle:

I also was just reading ceid donn's WAC thread, and I like her idea of doing a short month-ish intensive study of a language, at least for the few languages I'm trying to revive. So I'll be stealing that idea. :P

So, my current plan/languages:

Hebrew - I'd like to revive my knowledge of Biblical Hebrew, so I'd like to take the next month (until the end of October) to get through as much of Kittel's textbook as possible.

Japanese - This one is not exactly new, but it's not exactly review either, so I don't know what I want to do with it quite yet.

German - After years of avoidance, I'll be reviving my German. I'll probably try for a good month or two after I'm done with Hebrew. That would most likely leave Japanese for after the New Year, but we'll see how it all plays out.

First things first, Hebrew.

So far I've made it through the first four lessons and one review lesson in my textbook. So far, progress has been pretty good. I'm remembering things and finding translation to be relatively easy at this point, minus a tricky sentence or two.

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Re: 2016-2017 blog - księżyc

Postby księżycowy » 2017-01-02, 18:10

I had forgotten that I changed the title to my "blog" here. :lol:
I guess that makes it obligatory that I post something in here now. :P

So, as per usual, things trailed off for a bit there, but shit happens. But then again, working on a thesis paper will do that. Plus the holidays hit, and well, here we are.
I can't say that things have changed terribly in my plan for this year either. My main focus will be on the following languages and resources:


Hebrew (Biblical) - I'll keep plugging away on Kittel's text. I'm currently on lesson 6, and I've put the words through lesson 10 (in other words the first 100 words in the glossary) into Anki. My plan is to complete at least 3 lessons a week. They're relatively short, so that shouldn't be a problem. I'll also get Anki back up to par, and go from there. Hopefully this year I'll also get into some Modern Hebrew too.

Japanese - I'm going to work on the first lesson of Banno, et al. today for a bit. I plan to do at least 1 lesson a week (though two would be better :lol: ).

German - For a while I was wondering what text to use. I really like the approach to Living German by Buckley & Coggle, but hate the fact that it's non-native audio. i also like Assimil a lot, but am still worried about my skill at recall, as was the problem when i tried it for French. But then it dawned on me, why choose one? I'll use them both. I'll use Buckley as my main text, and, let's say once a week, do at least one dialogue out of Assimil. Then, when I'm done with Buckley, I'll keep going with Assimil. Or so is my plan ATM. I'll probably do the same for a lot of the languages I have Assimil course for. I do find, after my experience with learning both Greek and Hebrew that Anki and grammar textbooks do work well for me.

And, because I always have a hard time deciding which of my heritage languages to learn first, I'll be adding on Polish and Irish as well, as "lesser focuses". I'll try to work on at least one lesson every two weeks for these two, but if i can't i can't. I won't sweat it, I'll just do my best not to stagnate them, and maintain them when I can't work on them.

Polish - I'll use Swan's wonderful text First-Year Polish, along with the self-study workbooks from the U of Ohio.

Irish - As I've always longed to learn Munster Irish (because of family connections to county Cork), I'll be using Teach Yourself Irish by Dillion and Ó Cróinín, and the audio freely available online. (Well, so is the book now too, but I have a paperback copy.)

I'll also make an effort to post things of interest (to me at least) in this thread too. I'd hate to have it go silent for a while again. I can't promise weekly updates this time, but I'll try to monthly and see how that goes.

So far, I've put vocab into Anki for Hebrew, Irish, and Hebrew. I'll finish up with inputting Japanese and German in there today, and start actually learning Japanese and maybe something else too, if time allows.

I was going to post a little blurb about my future goals for later this year, but let's just see how this goes for a month or two first.

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Postby dEhiN » 2017-01-02, 23:18

Hey księżyc, welcome back and hope your thesis is going well. I was actually briefly considering learning Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek at one point for the new year (mainly to do my own research into one of the divisive issues facing the Christian Church, instead of relying upon various other scholarly interpretations).

Anyway, that's cool that you're adding German to the mix, as well as a bit of Polish and Irish. If you have Skype and have time, I can add you to the UL Skype group. There's a guy on there (old member on here who isn't active anymore) who is a native Polish speaker. I think...or he's just fluent. Either way, you could always practice with him and ask him questions and stuff.

I remember signing up for this Irish resource online called Bitesize Irish Gaelic. I never bought a subscription, but I do get their weekly emails with Irish learning tidbits.

By the way, what happened to French and Koine Greek?
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Postby księżycowy » 2017-01-02, 23:58

Well, I still plan on refreshing some French and Classical/Biblical Greek. I just need a break from French, and my thesis is on the book of Joshua, so it's better to regain my Hebrew first. I'll circle back to them eventually. :wink:

Oh, and I do have Skype, but I rarely (if ever) use it.

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Re: 2016-2017 blog - księżyc

Postby księżycowy » 2017-01-13, 14:29

As the beginning stages are usually the most critical, I figure I'll post updated as close to weekly as I can for a month or two.

I'm attempting to figure out my schedule for juggling all these languages. By that I don't mean I'm having a hard time working on all of them, just working on making the time everyday for some of them. It is working so far though. I've been going through my Anki decks for most of them every other day. Hebrew has been as close to daily as I can manage.

I haven't met my first weeks goal of reaching one lesson completed in Japanese or German, nor have I completed 2-3 in Hebrew. I'm not to worried about it. It's more important that I'm doing something in them. It'll come together, once I get into doing language study again. :P

I've also decided I want to give 「みんなの日本語」 (Minna no Nihongo) a try as my main text. I can't pass up the opportunity to use a text that is shaping up to be a great challenge for me. It feels like the perfect balance between Assimil and Genki. I've also invested in the comprehensive grammar by Routledge.

I'm also very tempted to add the pronunciation (whether in the author's system from TYI, or IPA) for my Irish Anki deck.

More to come.

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Re: 2016-2017 blog - księżyc

Postby księżycowy » 2017-01-24, 17:44

Well, not much to report this time. I've been a little busy with other matters, and thus have not exactly progressed too much further in any of my textbooks.

I have been keeping up with my Anki decks for everything expect Japanese and Irish pretty well though. I'll start those two this week in addition to keeping up well enough with the others.

On a side note, I find myself gravitating towards Polish. 8-)

Japanese
Completed: -/TBA

Hebrew
Completed: 7/TBA

German
Completed: 1/TBA

Irish
Completed: -/TBA

Polish
Completed: -/TBA

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Postby księżycowy » 2017-02-12, 14:09

Thanks to dEhiN's post here, I'm reminded of how I used to run this TAC stuff. I should really get back to doing it that way. So that's exactly what I'm going to do! :D

Goals for Weeks 2/12-2/25*
    Japanese
  • Complete Lessons 1-8 of Reading Japanese by Jorden & Chaplin**
  • Read Units 1-4 and do exercises from Unit's 3 &4 in Basic Japanese by Hamano & Tsujioka
  • Complete Lessons 1-3 of the main text of Minna no Nihongo by 3A

    Hebrew
  • Complete Lessons 8-15 in Biblical Hebrew by Kittel, et al.

    German
  • Complete Lessons 1-5 in Living German by Knight

    Polish
  • Complete Lessons 1-3 in First Year Polish by Swan, and accompanying workbook #1
  • Complete Units 1 & 2 in Basic Polish [First Edition] by Bielc

    Irish
  • Complete Lessons 1-3 in Teach Yourself Irish by Dillon and Ó Cróinín
  • Complete Unit 2 in Basic Irish by Stenson***

*I've decided to take on bi-weekly goals instead of doing weekly goals. We'll see how the first two week period goes, and adjust from there.


**I need to remind myself that where as I can read hiragana pretty efficiently, I still need to go over their proper stroke order. Katakana definitely needs work. So it'd be good to go over the kana lessons in Jorden & Chaplin

***I'm mainly focusing on Munster Irish and the older literary Irish (which means Dillon & Ó Cróinín) but I figure it can't hurt to add some Standard/CO in there every now and again. I also have Ó Sé's Munster grammar, but as that's written in Irish, I can't quite access it yet. :P
I'm skipping Unit 1 in
Basic Irish, as the pronunciation given is based on Connacht Irish, and not Munster. I mean, I want to get into some Connacht Irish, just not yet. One dialect at a time.
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