C40's Journal

Where are you and where are you going?
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fiby41
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Re: C40's Journal

Post by fiby41 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:40 pm

Nice, is it a falcon or some other bird?

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by fiby41 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:34 am

Oh, nevermind. I jumped from the charts to the end of the post just skimming for information. Although I did click the tattoo pic at the end and read the complete blog post, there was no mention of what bird over there. Followed you on instagram though!

Its a falcon. Should improve my reading comprehension...

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by ffj » Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:27 am

Go big or go home, right? I'm not that into tattoos but I can appreciate good work as I've seen a lot of bad work. Your artist did a really good job.

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by Scott 2 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:42 pm

Sternum and collar bone - ouch!

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by C40 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:44 pm

Yeah, it hurt in those spots. It wasn't all the way onto the collarbone, thank goodness.

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by TopHatFox » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:08 pm

C40 is attractive male human ;)

Nice blog too~

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by RealPerson » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:47 pm

@C40 - Glad to hear your Spanish is coming along. How are you going about learning the language? I am interested in the specifics: books, software, apps, websites, etc. I am working on the same with Assimil. It is going pretty well but my conversational Spanish is still quite basic. The youtube videos are still too fast for my level of understanding.

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by Viktor K » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:38 am

Same, would like to hear more. Did you accept seasonal part-time work at a restaurant washing dishes? Or do you have a more nomadic method?

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by C40 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:45 am

@Viktor - nope, didn't do the dishwashing thing. Mainly because I've been moving around too much. Although now I've slowed down in Socal, so I could... But, see below. I haven't cared enough about it to study much, let alone search out a job.


RealPerson wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:47 pm
@C40 - Glad to hear your Spanish is coming along. How are you going about learning the language? I am interested in the specifics: books, software, apps, websites, etc. I am working on the same with Assimil. It is going pretty well but my conversational Spanish is still quite basic. The youtube videos are still too fast for my level of understanding.
Well, first, see this thread for advice form people who actually know what they're talking about: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9229&p=150589

My Spanish is coming along poorly. It's a problem of motivation. I just haven't felt like doing it so I've spent very little time on it. I'm basically putting it off. I assume that as I get closer to going to Mexico, I'll be more willing to spend some time learning. I can learn vocabulary very quickly, so I suspect I'll pick enough of it up quickly enough. We'll see. I definitely won't be able to speak well at all, but hopefully I'll be able to get by well enough at the start, with extremely broken Spanish and gestures.

My method of learning so far has been to use Memrise (or something similar), plus a Frequency dictionary. I write down lists of words in a little notebook and study that periodically. I often take it with me when I'm going somewhere, and sit down for ~10 minutes at a time to study it. I feel like that will work well enough to get started quickly with learning words. But, I just need to do it.

I feel like the '15 minute spanish for your job' podcast that M741 recommended will work well for checking my progress on spoken comprehesion.

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by McTrex » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:59 pm

Try Pimsleur, that works pretty well for me while driving.

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Re: C40's Journal

Post by mxlr650 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:07 am

C40 wrote:I assume that as I get closer to going to Mexico, I'll be more willing to spend some time learning. I can learn vocabulary very quickly, so I suspect I'll pick enough of it up quickly enough
To me learning vocabulary is like reading a math book or programming language book - good for rote learning with little hands-on benefits. Learning how to form sentences, using side-by-side grammar book helped me a lot.

I also seem to learn a lot by immersion, which is mostly driven by my curiosity towards etymology, usage context, and more importantly the interaction details that seem to cement remembering the sentence that I heard only once, even after years!! Without those memories its just all donkey work trying to do spaced repetitions..

Learning language should be fun like singing a song, and just this song sung by immensely talented Manu Chao that can teach you almost 50 Spanish words if sung from start to finish!

here is another one

you can also hear him come here

Good luck with your Mexico trip!

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