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TAC 2020 - Vijay

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-01-01, 6:19

Happy New Year, everyone!

Last year's TAC ended in failure again. I am still stuck on Hindi for reasons having nothing to do with languages, really. I did manage to read parts of language-learning materials for Bulgarian, Modern Greek, Setswana, Northern Sesotho (Sepedi), Xhosa, Zulu, Ancient Greek, Hawaiian, Amoy (or rather Penang/Kuala Lampur) Hokkien, (Urban) Hijazi Arabic, Irish, Levantine (Jordanian?) Arabic, Welsh, Hungarian, Latin, Afrikaans, Polish, Romanian, Finnish, Swedish, Icelandic, and (just now) Ukrainian, though (in roughly that order)!

Anyway, here's my updated TAC list just so I don't have to go back to the old TAC to look at it, I guess:
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Postby vijayjohn » 2020-01-08, 9:23

And I read a few more materials for Croatian, Romani, Vietnamese, and Punjabi, in that order as well. I still haven't done anything about my TAC. :P

And of course, last but not least, I'm moving to Taiwan in less than a month!

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Postby Luís » 2020-01-08, 11:02

vijayjohn wrote:And of course, last but not least, I'm moving to Taiwan in less than a month!


Where in Taiwan?

You need to start brushing up on your Formosan languages :P
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Postby vijayjohn » 2020-01-08, 15:19

Luís wrote:
vijayjohn wrote:And of course, last but not least, I'm moving to Taiwan in less than a month!


Where in Taiwan?

Well, I'll be going to Taipei for training first, but I won't actually find out where I'll be teaching until the evening of the second day of training, so I don't actually know yet!
You need to start brushing up on your Formosan languages :P

I have a feeling I might end up feeling that way. :lol:

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Postby vijayjohn » 2020-04-02, 5:59

I now live in Yuanlin in Central Taiwan, and I still haven't had many opportunities to practice Mandarin Chinese yet because I'm forbidden from using it at work. :( But now I have a long weekend, so maybe if I'm lucky or smart about it, that will help me find a few more opportunities.

Meanwhile, I've finally gone back to doing some Hindi/Urdu as well as some Persian.

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Postby vijayjohn » 2020-04-12, 17:34

Still doing Hindi, Urdu, and Persian. I've been exploring a street two streets down from my own for food. I discovered a beef noodle (soup) stall and got a small bowl of beef noodles. An older man sat next to me at some point. He looked at me a few times, and I looked back at him, smiling. At some point, he asked me something in Mandarin. He must have repeated it at least three (maybe as many as five) times, but I had no idea what he was asking me. Then he said, "国语听不懂?" (You don't understand Mandarin?). I tried to explain and probably said something like "我听得懂一点可是..." (I understand a little, but...) but then never finished my thought. He declared, "国语听不懂," and continued eating his noodles and not saying another word to me. I reflected on that. He was right, wasn't he? Ugh.

On the plus side, I did manage to do a lot of things not related to languages. I got more food supplies, stocked up on water during the week, did my laundry (still isn't really dry, but I can't help the fact that it was windy and not very warm...), finished and submitted some homework I had to do for my job (maybe not very well but whatever), got my residency card on Thursday(!), and used it to get a new SIM card that will stay active for a year as long as I show up at the store every month to pay for it (it's not too far away). Maybe having finally gotten all of that done will help free up some of my time so I can actually learn some languages and especially improve my Chinese!

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Re: TAC 2020 - Vijay

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-05-17, 5:05

I think maybe my Mandarin is slowly improving, or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part, idk. I still haven't found a way to talk to other people yet, though.

On the plus side, I've finally moved on from Hindi/Urdu to ASL (but of course I'll return to the Study Group as soon as someone posts something there and I get a chance to respond, at least). I'm hoping to move on to Thai pretty soon as well.

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Postby vijayjohn » 2020-05-23, 12:56

I've moved on to Thai and am also back to doing Persian. I'm gradually getting more hopeful about my chances to practice my Mandarin as well. I have been getting the occasional "look, he speaks Mandarin so well!" which is just encouraging despite being the usual kind of flattery for foreign learners.

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Re: TAC 2020 - Vijay

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-09-08, 2:25

I guess Persian is on hold at the moment, although I did try to do something for it recently. I moved on from Thai to Tagalog, and I now have a neighbor in the apartment just across from mine who works with me and is (half American) from Thailand! She also speaks Mandarin well enough to get by, at least, though her Thai dad's family is Teochew (Chinese from Chaozhou) and she doesn't speak Teochew. I don't get to speak Mandarin at work, but I often hear kids saying things in Mandarin like "Teacher, do you speak Mandarin? No, he doesn't speak Mandarin. He's a foreigner! Oh, that means we can talk in Mandarin and he won't understand anything we're saying. :naughty:" :lol:

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Postby dEhiN » 2020-09-08, 4:27

Haha, nice! So, have you caught them saying anything bad? If so, have you revealed your Mandarin skills?!
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Re: TAC 2020 - Vijay

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-09-08, 18:21

Well, in one class, I did notice one of them saying their teacher (me) was stupid, but I didn't react or anything, so they don't know I understood that.

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Postby dEhiN » 2020-09-16, 3:16

vijayjohn wrote:Well, in one class, I did notice one of them saying their teacher (me) was stupid, but I didn't react or anything, so they don't know I understood that.

Aww, sorry to hear that! You should give them a ton more homework just because they said that! Lol, it's probably a good thing I'm not a teacher...
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