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Off-Topic / Re: What are you reading?
« on: March 30, 2019, 03:40:50 AM »
Over the last few weeks I have read:

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

A Bio of Ernest Hemingway named after him by Wendy Dearborn I think her name is.

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather.

Currently finishing up The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.

I'm also reading a Spanish translation of Alice in Wonderland and Le Petite Prince, which is in French. These two I am reading more slowly as those are not my first languages.

Off-Topic / Re: The Post Your Thoughts of the Moment Thread 2
« on: March 26, 2019, 01:55:33 AM »
This has absolutely nothing to do with the video, but I just heard from Bobby. Apparently Bobbythekid21 isn't supposed to be using nsm yet. Just look at the picture.

This made me cry.

Off-Topic / Re: The Post Your Thoughts of the Moment Thread 2
« on: March 09, 2019, 08:21:28 PM »
Things would be really different if he had made those backups. 

Off-Topic / Re: The Prayer Topic
« on: March 12, 2018, 06:10:53 PM »
Wow I'm surprised to see this topic.

Anyway, please pray for my health if you would be so kind.  I think I'm on the upward trajectory health wise, mental and physical, but need continued resolve.

Off-Topic / Re: Made mah day.
« on: March 08, 2018, 04:37:19 PM »
^yes, I may have forgotten to mention, the fairy tales I have been translating have been perhaps too literary for a beginner.  They probably weren't a good starting point as some of the vocab isn't used regularly in common speech, but I stuck with it because I have been enjoying it so much.  I sometimes ask my friend in Mexico about certain words that I suspect aren't used much.  I once used the verb aflijar (to get upset) and she said I sounded like her grandma, maybe even older.

Off-Topic / Re: Made mah day.
« on: March 08, 2018, 02:45:48 AM »
what was your thesis on/may I read it?

It was a Political Science/International Development thesis comparing secular development NGOs and Christian faith-based organizations in Guatemala.  Mostly looking at personal motivations/resiliency and the use of religion as a tool to build trust. If you still want to read it I can send it to you.


I used to use duolingo a lot but these days I find it to be pretty annoying and useless.  To make great progress you need something you can enjoy...hence me translating fairy tales.  2-3 hours a day is a very good amount.  Sometimes I get that or more, sometimes much less.

Off-Topic / Re: Made mah day.
« on: March 07, 2018, 10:11:22 PM »
I'm interested in your methodology. I was trying to teach myself spanish for about 6 months. After awhile, I could start reading at a very basic level, then I hit a plataeu and is felt like even with 3+ hours of studying everyday my abilities never improved. You seemed to hit a much better much faster than I have so.... teach me your ways.

It probably varies between individuals but I can give you some insight into how it has gone for me.   

I did spend 3 months in Guatemala in 2016 where I picked up the absolute basics.  A bunch of verbs only in the present indicative, a little bit of the preterite, and the simple future using ir.  I didn't learn more because I was conducting research on people who spoke English and most of my free time was spent in bars.  If I had the mindset then that I do today, I probably would not have spent so much time in money in those bars, but that was a different life. 

Otherwise, I didn't start learning it again until after I finished my graduate thesis last October.  So I probably started seriously studying it in November.  You have to do it every day, and review all the time.  Sometimes I miss a day, but if I'm really busy I do try to at least read a few pages in Spanish, or look up and memorize 5-10 words, or try to think in Spanish throughout the day (even if very simply)...or at least review some of my vocab notes.

What really worked for me was reading about grammatical rules regarding moods and tenses and trying to learn about them from multiple sources (videos, reference books, websites), then trying to understand them when I encountered them in my studies.  I often look up vocab whenever I can, write them down, put them on sticky notes or whatever, and review them whenever I can.

Also listening to songs, watching videos, trying to write.  Translate books, plays, the news.  Then reread them again and again, reinforcing the new words and grammar you've learned. 

What helped a bit also was I spent 6 weeks in Mexico in November and December, but a lot of the time people I was with spoke in English.  I did learn some though, and a lot of the days there I spent reading about grammar and vocab before reinforcing it throughout the day.  I do try to write in Spanish to the person I was visiting down there, and sometimes I skype with them and speak in Spanish but not that much because her English is better than my Spanish (although I'm catching up very fast and maybe one day Spanish will be the easier language for us to speak in).

I don't know what else to say.  Consistency, review, variation, and dedication. Get excited about it, know it's something you really want, envision yourself knowing it in the future.  For me reading about famous polyglots gets me excited...I read a book by the polyglot Kató Lomb where she describes her methods, which are heavily reading focused, and that really got me excited. Also I often read about Richard Francis Burton, the 19th Century British explorer and linguist who apparently spoke 30 or so languages.

Learning the grammatical basis of the moods (indicative, subjunctive, imperative), tenses (past, future, present, preterit, imperfect, perfect etc etc) has really smoothed the transition into learning French as well, because a lot of those things are the same in French so I do not need to spend the time understanding their function, except for a few minor differences like the preterit only being a literary tense in French.  Others seem to ignore grammar and focus on speaking only, that's not really how my mind works nor what I want to do. 

So yeah, it's fun, if it weren't fun I would need some kind of practical reason to do it. You need some kind of motivation or goal.

Off-Topic / Re: Made mah day.
« on: March 04, 2018, 02:11:12 AM »
Although I think there are probably certain "natural" language learners, most of it is motivation, time, dedication, and methodology.  It's a huge pain learning a language and it's extremely frustrating at times, I don't think I have any natural ability but I do currently have a decent dedication to it and a healthy interest in it as well.  French I do for the sake of the homeland and possible future work and Spanish I do for the love of Latin women - one in particular at the moment. 

Off-Topic / Re: Made mah day.
« on: March 03, 2018, 01:27:31 AM »
A few months ago I started learning Spanish.  It took me about two months to understand my copy of Hansel and Gretel, about two weeks to get through The Brave Tailor, and now I am very happy that it took me only two nights to get through Cinderella.  I only had to translate three words on each of the last pages for Cinderella, so I am pretty happy with the results so far.

Off-Topic / Re: The Post Your Thoughts of the Moment Thread 2
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:25:13 PM »
It took a while to realize that being alive is a good thing, even when it sucks. 

Oh well anyway, I hope everyone here is doing well too.

Off-Topic / Re: The Post Your Thoughts of the Moment Thread 2
« on: March 02, 2018, 12:23:16 AM »
you were a little bit emo, weren't you...

Depressed, resentful, and on a lot of drugs.

It was a terrible terrible time and I almost didn't make it out alive. 

Off-Topic / Re: The Post Your Thoughts of the Moment Thread 2
« on: September 02, 2017, 09:03:22 PM »
My view of the past is very divided.  Much of my teen years I view as negative for a lot of reasons...yet whenever I think of this website I have this cozy feeling.  I remember being 14 and spending nights on this site's chat. Here I am at 24. 

Off-Topic / Re: The Post Your Thoughts of the Moment Thread 2
« on: June 06, 2017, 09:37:06 PM »
It's good because they make for easy (and 'thoughtful') presents. My best dude has been buying his long time partner them for years. I need to get in on it.

Only problem is how expensive they are.  The mastering and quality of the vinyl is also very hit and miss...some expensive vinyls sound like garbage....or at least, not better than Spotify quality.

Many of them sound great though, especially if paired with good equipment...and I love them.

Off-Topic / Re: The Post Your Thoughts of the Moment Thread 2
« on: March 28, 2017, 08:48:52 PM »
I decided not to watch the show because my best friend hates it with a passion lol

I find how much someone likes Game of Thrones to be a good indicator of how much I'll like them.

If they don't like the show, there is a small chance I'll get along with them.   If they like the show too much and tell me about a fan theory or fan fiction they read, I will most likely realllly not like them.

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