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Super Language Overhaul

February 23, 2015
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Super Language Overhaul

I have a confession: I don’t think I would succeed in my very first italki challenge. It was going well and I had this plan of taking 5 sessions of French first, then Hungarian second. I finished all my sessions for basic French almost midway into the challenge. Then after that, I booked another package…

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Happy 2015!

January 1, 2015
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Happy 2015!

Whew! It was a whirlwind in 2014! I didn’t realise how much has happened until I narrated my entire year to my surfing sister, Desiree. Last year was big, fast and fun. I feel that 2015 will even be bigger, faster and more awesome! To start the year right, I signed up for the italki…

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My first French lesson on italki!

November 24, 2014
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My first French lesson on italki!

Today, I had my very first italki session with a French teacher. I was so nervous that I actually thought of rescheduling. Plus, I have a headache since after lunch so I wasn’t feeling too well. But I thought I had to suck it up and get this over and done with. After all, the…

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My first italki-Skype chat with a Hungarian language partner

October 22, 2014
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My italki Notebook - my first entries! See the mistakes I made?

Last month, I signed up with italki because all my favourite polygots were talking about it. But I got overwhelmed by the sheer number of people in the site so I logged out and forgot about it. But this month, I was re-evaluating my language goals and thought I needed some more structure that can…

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Easy French proficiency test at France Pub

August 27, 2014
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Easy French proficiency test at France Pub

I took this test at France Pub and was pleasantly surprised at my results: I haven’t really done a lot of studying on the verb tenses and they were in the test. Glad I got 80% Test your French level HERE

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90-day language challenge – update #1

August 15, 2014
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90-day language challenge – update #1

The first 10 days of my 90-day language challenge was not easy. Not surprising, of course. In the beginning, I was struggling to find the time to do all 3. Despite this, I still managed to find pockets of extra time during the day for language learning. During my commute, during my evening jog, after…

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90-day language challenge times three!

July 31, 2014
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90-day language challenge times three!

Whew! July flew by so fast and tomorrow is August 1st. Excuse the lack of updates as things have been so crazy this month. One, I moved to a new house. Yay! I am a homeowner! Two, I started teaching again. Three, things have been pretty busy at the office, but nothing the team can’t…

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French progress: week of 7-13 July 2014

July 14, 2014
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French progress: week of 7-13 July 2014

Earlier this month, I decided to intensify studying French and scale back on Japanese and Hungarian. I used to spend an equal amount of time and effort in all 3 languages. But the divide-and-conquer strategy wasn’t working too well for me, especially with my busy work schedule. I felt that I am making great progress…

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Language learning update – 8 May 2014

May 8, 2014
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Language learning update – 8 May 2014

A rundown of my language learning activities for the past few days: 1. Filipino – my boss will be back in Manila next week and I have a few more days to prepare for lessons. I’ve been meaning to make some more Brainscape decks for him and improve the existing one for adjectives to include…

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Language learning update

April 12, 2014
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Language learning update

Bonjour à tous! お元気ですか?Ako, keri lang Just a bit of an update from the language learning front. I know that I haven’t been writing much about the topic since quitting my Alliance Française classes. But I assure you that I have not stopped studying at all. 1. Filipino/Tagalog - My tutorial classes with my boss…

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A multi-pronged approach to learning French

March 7, 2014
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I have a confession to make. I am bored with my classes at Alliance Francaise. Not only bored, but also a little disappointed. I am not satisfied with the fact that I still cannot express myself orally using simple sentences. You only get a maximum of 2 lessons (2 chapters of the book) for every…

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Une carte postale

February 3, 2014
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Last week, our teacher made us write a postcard as a class activity. Just a pretend postcard, addressed to somebody (real or not) living somewhere outside the Philippines. Apparently, the French love to write postcards when they travel. Filipinos rarely do this — why use snail mail when Instagram and Facebook will do? I do…

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Basic French, week 1

January 17, 2014
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Basic French, week 1

There isn’t much to report here. Classes just started this week and I have only made a bit of progress with Coffee Break French. As of now, I don’t think I will need to get a paid subscription to the podcast as the lessons are fairly easy. But I suspect that in the near future,…

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Frenching it in 2014

January 10, 2014
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I declare that 2014 is the year of le français. I did the first module at Alliance Francais last year, albeit halfheartedly. Maybe it is because I have yet to discover the beauty of French as a language. But eversince purchasing Assimil New French with Ease, I have fallen madly in love with la langue…

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I have forgotten my brain – week 1 of The Ten Week Journey in French

May 23, 2013
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I have forgotten my brain – week 1 of The Ten   Week Journey in French

In the week 1 email of The Ten Week Journey, Aaron introduced Livemocha and advised to use it. Um, but I didn’t. I read a few reviews about it and what made me decide against it was Benny the Irish Polyglot’s review. I am not about to waste money on high-tech flashcards. I browsed through…

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Top 3 things I want to learn in 2013

February 6, 2013
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1. French – I recently enrolled in basic French classes with Arol at Alliance Francais. This course marks my “return to the classroom” after many years, although now I get to be a student again. (I miss teaching terribly but that’s another story for another day). ^_^ I find French a little difficult compared to…

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