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Stasera praticavo italiano e parlavo molto bene! Non parlo bene del passato o futuro, ma penso che parlo bene per una persona che non ha praticato con altra gente. Quando parlerò con questa donna molti tempi vado migliorare.

Ho bisogno di imparare rapido.

Anche ho bisogno di imparare Zulu... Se io abito in South Africa per due anni voglio sapere come parlare con la gente là.
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Sto studiando italiano con i libri e voglio completare una clase quest'anno. Ora parlo italiano con un uomo che lavora con me, e altr'studiante che legge Animorphs. Anche sto studiando italiano di spangole in DuoLingo per praticare le due lingue.

Spero che le mie amicie parlano il francese, ma vado studiare in la universitè. Penso che posso parlare l'italiano molto bene per una studiante di un anno.

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J'ai finis l'arbre français par DuoLingo. Je ne peux pas parler le français très bien, mais j'ai plus mots. Je parlée avec ma grand-mère aujourd'hui et je n'ai pas besoin de parler l'anglais. Et je peux seulement étre meilleure après de cet cours, oui?

J'espére que il y a plus mots en le course par Rosetta Stone, parce que je n'ai pas beaucoup mots pour parler.
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French has been put aside temporarily so I can focus on Italian, since I do better in French after studying Italian. I'm almost done with the Italian tree on DuoLingo, and moving through the Rosetta Stone course at a really good pace.

I'm starting to initiate conversations with Italian and Spanish speakers. Spanish speakers I can find online regularly with GoSpeaky and have been speaking in Spanish every evening. Italian speakers are much harder to come by, due to time zone differences, so we mostly have only made written contact. In the near future, I'm planning on forming a spreadsheet with my target languages for each day of the week, sitting on GoSpeaky, and making tabs on which languages are online at what hours.

I'm not seeing the DuoLingo tree as "completion" so much as "round 1." After that I plan on reviewing the tree and working harder on my Practice Makes Perfect textbooks and Living Language, as well as listening to TV shows and podcasts in Italian, with more organized efforts to seek language exchange partners. But at that point I'm hoping to be comfortable enough in Italian that I can move on with confidence and work on French.
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I've been studying Italian very consistently recently because I'm pretty sure I can soon be conversational. I've learned of a new website, GoSpeaky for finding and practicing with native speakers. But I want to get some more time studying in before I try with Spanish.
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So, I'm just a few days back into studying languages, but I'd say it's going pretty well. I'm going to continue reviewing for two weeks through the sources I have access to at home and then begin using WeSpeke in cafes (to try to discourage creeps from being, well, creepy.)

My focus right now is supposed to be French. But I alternate with Italian (it soothes me when I'm irritated with French) and then German, because one of my friends is learning German. She is a fluent Mandarin speaker and she doesn't mind if we practice our languages together... So I'll probably be able to move forward with that this year, too.

Hopefully December will show a lot of progress! (Though probably more if I had more people to study different languages with.)


Dec. 23rd, 2014 05:10 pm
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I have been so busy that it probably comes off as not studying; I have been studying a little less, but not by much, and once I explain why I imagine the full benefit of my absence will be clear:

• I got a job at a bookstore. I now get a 30% off employee discount on almost everything in the store. So I've been buying Practice Makes Perfect book for Spanish, French, and other languages of study. I've also been collecting the complete Living Language courses (not the Platinum editions! Too expensive.)

• I've been speaking French and Spanish with customers speaking those languages at the bookstore! It's so weird but we regularly get French speaking, Spanish speaking (less unexpected), Russian speaking, and German speaking customers. So I've actually been practicing in a very hands-on approach.

• I've made a friend who speaks Mandarin and have agreed to help her learn more conversational Spanish. She's fine with talking Mandarin with me.

• Plus I have a multilingual co-worker! Someone to practice Spanish, French, and German with (and Chinese, if I get conversational.)

So, I have been busy with languages still, just not so much online.

I have been reconsidering AYC in favor of becoming conversational in Chinese and French first, then applying to PeaceCorps. Also, it would give me time to get certified before I go. I'm not sure I trust AYC to give me the tools I need to teach English very well, and I'm suspicious of any language program that doesn't work to make you conversational in the local peoples' language before expecting you to work with them. Certainly, my Spanish ability makes me a better worker here.


Sep. 24th, 2014 11:09 pm
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Je veux écrire ici en le français, mais je n'ai pas les mots. Je dois apprendre plus vocabulaire et comment écrire en le passé. Aujourd'hui je vois que j'ai besoin étudier plus jours que apprendre. Mais je veux écrire un peu.


Sep. 22nd, 2014 12:04 am
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I'm slowly making my way through French still (and a tad through German.) With some Mandarin whenever I can, but not as high a priority since I don't have anyone to practice with.

I've been listening to podcasts in French and Spanish; I think it's actually helping a bit with the listening comprehension. Not to say I understand a majority of what's going on, but I'm having slightly more luck catching sentences in these exercises I'm doing.
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I need to start picking up Mandarin again, but I'm trying to speed up French so I can speak with my grandmother.

Unfortunately, my spelling and listening comprehension are quite low.

Okay, granted, I only started earnestly studying French this year, and 'earnestly' is a huge stretch of the term until I hit August, because I was prioritizing Spanish review (given I was preparing for and then in Mexico.) But. I'm still disappointed in the lack of forward progress. I need to work harder, maybe do some exercises from the textbook I had for a French I class I ended up dropping. If I want to be able to speak with my grandmother in French by December, I will need to seriously up the ante on my studies.
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Me descanso hoy y mañana voy a estudiar alemán desde español.

Llamé a mi abuela y hablamos un rato pero ella estaba cansada y no quiso hablar mucho. Después de hablar con ella yo estudié alemán y un poco de francés. Tengo que estudiar más de chino, pero obviamente no es muy fácil porque no tengo nadie con quién puedo hablar.

La gramática para mí todavía es difícil pero voy a continuar en mis estudios - espero que mejoraré.
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Hoy me descansé más porque estuve muy cansada. (Además, tengo deberes de escribir.) Pero Estudié chino por Living Language y español por DuoLingo. Creía que podía estudiar mucho más hoy... pero en verdad no pude abrir los ojos. Dormí.

Y ahora tengo que escribir... Si no estoy demasiado cansada después, voy a tratar de estudiar más.
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Tengo dos amigas que quieren aprender portuguesa porque sus familias son de Portugal, pero no sabían como practicarlo en los Estados Unidos. Espero que tratan aprenderlo porque entonces nosotras podemos hablar en portuguesa.

Para hoy estudié español, francés, y alemán. Tengo que estudiar chino también pero es difícil porque no hay nadie con quien puedo hablar. He casi completado el árbol de español por DuoLingo y también no tengo mucho más del programa Rosetta Stone de español. Después voy a escuchar a más español por televisión y radio pero estudiaré mucho más francés e italiano. (Y chino porque tengo que aprender chino.)

Los otros lenguajes como francés y italiano hoy voy a estudiar poco cuando estudio más francés e italiano, y estudio más cuando completo los programas de estos programas.
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Estudié español esta mañana pero no puedo estudiar mucho más hoy porque tengo que ir a la pasantía. No estoy contenta porque quería practicar otros lenguajes también - especialmente italiano y frances.

Pues tengo que irme antes de estoy tarde.


Sep. 3rd, 2014 01:49 am
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Today I studied Spanish, French, and Italian. I think I'm going to wait until I finish Rosetta Stone and the Duolingo tree before I start getting serious about any other language (besides Mandarin due to necessity.)

I'm waiting for Living Languages in Mandarin to arrive here. I need audio to practice while at work.

Study Break

Sep. 1st, 2014 05:30 pm
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I was studying before I fell asleep, but I think I'm done for today. I'm spending most of the day treating my eye, and that means minimizing computer time. Instead I'm just listening to My Mad Fat Diary as I apply hot compresses.
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-Studied Spanish
-Studied French
-Studied Italian

I'm going to try to add Living Languages study for Chinese, and clear out everything from my iPod except Chinese study because I need to make it a higher priority based on the assumption that I may be living there for a year or more.

I need to network with speakers. Someone recommended WeSpeke and I'm going to try that, given it seems hard to find speakers here. I wish I lived in New York City; it has many speakers of other languages.
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I hope I keep using it every day as well. It's great review (and to build up social/speech scripts) but I'm worried I will not use it to the full extent I can for learning the languages available there that do not have five levels on Rosetta Stone.


Aug. 28th, 2014 12:54 pm
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I've been using Duolingo alongside Rosetta Stone and I was wondering about people who claimed they were studying languages not available on Duolingo.

So I went to the website and they have languages there not available on the apps (at least currently.) It looks like more will soon be in the works.

So now I'm studying more languages.

I'm starting to test out of Duolingo levels because I'm tired of making myself go through them all JUST IN CASE there's a new word like pato hidden in there. I wanna build vocabulary but... I have my limits of sitting through stuff I already know.

I wish these programs would all make vocabulary boosters.
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