Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Languages - progress: May 2013

In the courtyard of the Royal Palace in Madrid
May was another very good month when it comes to learning. I speeded up my Portuguese studies before heading to Portugal where I was to spend part of my holiday. I also took up to the Modern Standard Arabic which I enjoy more and more with every new lesson I study. May was also a month to refresh my Spanish in which I’m more or less fluent (diploma DELE) as Madrid was a first stop during this year's holiday.

Time spent

  • Total: 93h35
  • Português: 26h10
  • عربي (Arabic MSA): 25h15
  • Français: 20h30
  • Türkçe: 13h00
  • Italiano: 8h40


 عربي (Arabic MSA) 
DLI Course - lessons 7-14
Hangouts - participation to practice what I learn. I didn’t speak much but I had an occasion to listen and I guess it still counts as a practice. I’m grateful to the host and other participants for their patience
Teach Yourself - units 1-7, to have an overview of the language
Generally drilling cases and acquiring basic vocabulary at this stage. I made a short intro for my blog. I hope to take seriously to Arabic in the second part of the year when I will have returned from my holiday.

FSI Course - lessons 21-24, ending this way the course by FSI
Hangouts - practice
I finished FSI Course although I can’t say I mastered all the material so in the coming months I’m going to review some of the lessons to drill the material they contain.
I continued to develop my speaking skills through participation in the hangouts held on Google+ and through speaking with the French who came to Poland because of a mutual project being a part of our business cooperation.

  • moeurs - customs, habits, morals
  • contrainte - barrier, limit, constraint
  • malgré lui - against himself
  • il échappe de justesse - he escapes justice
  • abjurer - to renounce
  • ni l’un ni l’autre - neither one nor the other
  • Je n’ai aucune idée - I have no idea
  • Quelle audace! - What audacity!
  • gager (que) - to bet, to guarantee
  • honnête - honest
  • (une) boîte de nuit - nightclub
  • dans ces circonstances - under these circumstances
  • Je pense qu’il y a beaucoup d’ambiance.

Better Reading Italian: first part under the title “Il bel paese”: Trieste (I) and (II), L’agriturismo - enriching vocabulary and improving reading comprehension
Hangouts - practice
TV - Rai News - watching
Immersion - I had an opportunity to discuss some business matters with the Italians I met at the end of the month.

  • erta - steep slope
  • erto - steep
  • stare all’erta - to be on the lookout
  • cantuccio - corner, nook
  • stare in cantuccio - stand in corner, to keep away
  • sassoso - stony (= pietroso)
  • ragazzaccio - naughty boy
  • muso - mouth, muzzle
  • gentaglia - mob, rabble
  • fango - mud
  • fanghiglia - filthy mud
  • cascina - farmhouse, dairy farm
  • borgo - borough
  • colle (m) - hill, mount
  • lucciola - glowworm, firefly
  • d’altro canto - on the other side
  • salame - (coll.) una persona ingenua, stupita
  • che pizza! - (coll.) che noia!

Gramática activa - unidades 3-22
Hangouts - practice
TV - RTP Internacional, RTP Informação - watching
Enriching vocabulary from the phrasebook
The biggest part of the studies was dedicated to refresh grammatical issues. I do all the exercises from "Gramática activa" in the written form. I worked on enriching my vocabulary before a trip to Portugal.

  • petisco - tidbit
  • Vire na terceira à direita.
  • Vire à esquerda depois dos semáforos.
  • construído por...
  • erigido em...
  • fundado em...
  • destruído por...
  • descoberto em... por...
  • pintado por...
  • restaurado em...
  • iniciado em...
  • terminado em...
  • Quando foi construído?
  • Quem foi o arquitecto?

FSI Course - units 21-25, audio; unit 16 - all the exercises done in the written form
Familiarization Course - unit 13 - enriching vocabulary
Hangouts - practice, unfortunately only one held

  • birdenbire - suddenly
  • gık - sound
  • galiba yaz - probably/maybe summer
  • şu an - now
  • şimdi terk etmek zorundayım - I have to leave now
  • umarım - I hope that
  • sanırım - I think that
  • ister inan! - believe!
  • ister inanma! - don’t believe!
  • Ben yalnızım - I’m alone
  • bölüm - odcinek serialu, rozdział książki
  • rahatına bak - make yourself at home
  • örneğim - for example
  • keyifli - pleasant
  • genç ruhlu - young at heart
  • Ne kadar da doğru! - How true!

Apart form these registered studies I spent some time refreshing my Spanish - which I don't register. In the end of May I had a great opportunity to immerse in Spanish because of my holiday - the first stop was Madrid!
I wouldn't be myself if I didn't buy some books. I found some bargains at Book Fair held at that time, e.g. "Juan Carlos. El Rey de un pueblo" by Paul Preston and "Entre los creyentes" by my favorite writer V.S.Naipaul.

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