It’s been an age and a half since my last update, but don’t worry, I’m still treading the boards of my little linguistic playhouse. I admit my steps have been small and piecemeal over the past 6 weeks, but it is movement (or at least circles) in the right direction none-the-less.
At the moment, I’m centre stage to a cacophony of drills, sledgehammers, and jackhammers all around me (the management are currently installing new central air conditioning throughout the condo), so please bare with me if I write anything bizarre for lack of being able to think straight with all this noise.
I honestly can’t recall what I did in French over the last 6 weeks, but whatever it was, it didn’t add up to much more than an hour or two. I’m looking forward to reading more difficult texts next, but have to put this on hold for the time being, as there’s an important short-term project planned on the horizon for Russian.
My Hawaiian conversation skills have improved a bit recently, which is partly down to thinking in the language in spare moments (usually before going to sleep at night, or first thing in the morning upon waking), and partly a result of more conversational activities in class (e.g., composing and performing dialogues together with another classmate, repeated reading aloud to work on fluency and pronunciation). With little over a month left of my conversational class at university, I’d be happy if we stayed focussed on these type of activities.
Much like French, just an hour or two have been invested into Russian since my last update, although I’ve been talking to my wife a bit more in the language (which I don’t generally count in my overall hours due to practicalities). The big news with Russian this week is that I hope to travel to St Petersburg next month. I’m not sure whether my wife and I can arrange the visas needed in time, but we’ll certainly try. In the meantime, I’m going to focus predominantly on improving my Russian through a variety of activities, and will treat this as an intensive short-term project lasting about a month. Having spent an impressive grand total of…say…30 seconds…on dreaming up a new title for the project, I’ve decided to label this one light-heartedly: “Putin on the Ritz“!😉
Having completed “Der Tatortreiniger”, I moved on to and completed another popular German series: “Stromberg”. I enjoyed watching Der Tatortreiniger much more, but found Stromberg relatively easy to follow, as I’d already cringed through the entirety of “The Office” back in the UK (upon which Stromberg is originally based), and had watched a bit of the German series beforehand too. My next quest will probably be to finish off a computer adventure game on my iPod called “Inner World”, as I find I’m at a level now in German where I can really get a lot out of playing games rich in dialogue.
(Total time spent on learning languages over the last 6 weeks: 38 hours)
(Total time spent on learning languages during 2016 altogether: 143 hours)