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Friday, 17 November 2017

428

During the last week of my level 2 English class, I plan to take my bunch of 20 along to a computer lab. I’m going to open up a word document for them—an Enid Blyton Adventurous Four story. And I’m going to encourage them to have some word processing fun with it.

I first realized the addictiveness and usefulness of this activity when I collected 4500-odd i+1 Japanese sentences from HP1.

I plan to do this again in Polish. You develop confidence from being able to manipulate text in this manner. And you tap into the power of play.

Today: J5 P1      

Total: J166 D117 G37 P31 Sp21 F20

Thursday, 16 November 2017

427

Several threads:

The Expats by Chris Pavone is a good read. Americans in Luxembourg finding it difficult to settle. Lots of languages, European travel and spies.

Doing a few pages of Polish in the staffroom. Using Powroty nad rozlewiskiem as my Einstein Soup resource. Or is it Light, Wide & Shallow?

And hunting for kanji. I’m up to about 681. Which means that I added another 150 yesterday evening. They come from the second Harry Potter chapter. I zipped through the entire chapter in one sitting. It’s an amazing feeling to recognize everything that you see. 

American in Paris, not.

Today: J5 P2     

Total: J161 D117 G37 P30 Sp21 F20

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

426

I was in danger of doing no language yesterday. Actually, I was too busy with English. It’s almost the end of the year, so at school I’m dealing with assessments, portfolios, presentations, essays and end-of-term shortened attention spans.

Nevertheless, at the end of the day I felt bad about reporting a zero. So I read 
in bed for several minutes—Persoonlijk by Lee Child.

Better than nothing!

It’s a mystery to me how busy people manage to have any sort of life. I’ve aways managed to steer myself away from such a situation, and will strive to keep that up.

Today: D1     

Total: J156 D117 G37 P28 Sp21 F20

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

425

I’m pleased with myself. I did an hour each of Japanese and Polish. 

With Japanese, I completed the first chapter of HP1. I have ‘collected’ 533 kanji altogether.

With Polish, at Marsh, I ‘read’ 8 pages of the novel, Powroty nad rozlewiskiem. What that means is that I looked over every line, doing a different task for every page.

I noted down words I recognized, word pairs, first words of sentences, words that started with ‘k’, ‘z’, the 10 shortest sentences, words I could guess, and question words. 

Later on I noted down the 100 most common words in Polish.

Today: J4 P4     

Total: J156 D116 G37 P28 Sp21 F20