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I’m feeling much better, although it looks like I might have permanent tinnitus from now on (who would have thought simply swimming in the sea could have led to such an awful thing). All the same, even though I won’t be heading off to Russia next week on doctor’s orders, stuck with a great big backlog of work to dig into and on meds to try and quieten the little Shiva singing soprano in my ear, I refuse to let this all get me down. In fact, I’m resolved to hit back even stronger after this setback and make some real waves in this little project rather than the splashing about I did in the first week. I hope I’m up to the challenge and don’t disappoint you all. For when the going gets tough, the tough gets listening and reading Russian! 😉

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I’ve been ill over these last couple of days, and so have put this little project on pause in the meantime, but hope to be able to get back into work and study tomorrow.

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I’ve been working full-on all day to meet a deadline, and now it’s time to go to bed. So sadly no Russian for me today; just a quick “спокойной ночи” (good night) to one and all.

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Study-and-click: 1 hour (20 total)
Background music: 0.5 hours (8 total)

New passive words: 52 (1155 total)
Today’s reading score: 82% (+1%, История первая, Глава 7, 100 words)

Notes: I had some more more urgent work to do today, so I just managed to squeeze in an hour.

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Study-and-click: 4 hours (19 total)
Other active study: 2 hours (10 total)
Background music: 1.5 hours (7.5 total)

New passive words: 228 (1103 total)
Today’s reading score: 81% (-2%, История первая, Глава 6, 100 words)

What I learnt today: Have you ever noticed how tasty and tender food can be when you prepare it over a whole day in a slow cooker. This is what I was thinking whilst enjoying some delicious stew out on the balcony this evening, and then I laughed…yes, that’s exactly how it is with languages too. 🙂

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Study-and-click: 5 hours (15 total)
Other active study: 3 hours (8 total)
Background music: 1 hour (6 total)

New passive words: 325 (875 total)
Today’s reading score: 83% (+1%, История первая, Глава 5, 100 words)

What I learnt today: Tracking progress is a key factor in successful motivation. It’s great to be able to see positive results at the end of the day, looking forward to goals rising larger step by step on the horizon, and looking back at my footprints in the sand.

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Study-and-click: 3 hours (10 total)
Other active study: 1 hour (5 total)
Background music: 1.5 hours (5 total)

New passive words: 137 (550 total)
Today’s reading score: 82% (+2%, История первая, Глава 4, 100 words)

What I learnt today: The DLI (Defense Language Institute) recommends 10 minute mini-breaks in between 40-50 minute study sessions, and a whole hour off for lunch. Sound like a good idea to me, and I’ve got a whole day free tomorrow to try it out. 🙂

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