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 Message 289 of 295
05 July 2015 at 9:46pm | IP Logged 
mitcht wrote:
Out of interest, when you were reading the grammar were you making notes or just reading? I ask because i feel like
for me to get the most out of study i should be making anki cards to jog my memory. Problem is, i absolutely hate
making the anki cards so i indefinitely put off reading the grammar/working through exercises, etc.

I was just reading to get an overview before I started writing.

I have tried adding grammar cards to Anki before and while it works to learn 'grammar facts' I didn't that the facts really helped with production. I've heard good things about using Anki with cloze deletion cards to learn grammar, but I've never done this.

At this point I am just going to keep hitting the reading with the hope that in six months or so something will stick. :)

I am also speaking German on a daily basis so it's not that I am getting no output practice. I'll certainly use this grammar when I start writing. It's a great resource. I just don't have time/desire to study it now.
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 Message 290 of 295
13 July 2015 at 5:42pm | IP Logged 
Just a short update: Over the last few weeks I have been reading the daily newspaper Suddeutsch Zeitung on my phone. The first two weeks were free, and then I bought a 20 euro/month subscription (the free version is limited to 10 articles/week).

I am finding it really helpful to build up vocabulary/grammar as well as an understanding of German culture/politics.

I am now at a level where I can read the paper pretty easily. I look up perhaps 1-2 words per article by highlighting words (in Android) and then automatically looking them up via Google Translate. It's not a perfect system, but it works well enough.

Although I can more or less read articles straight, it's also quite obvious to me how far I am from reading in a completely transparent fashion. There are occasional sentences I don't understand, and more importantly while I understand most of the words/grammar, it's just not yet completely utterly automatic. I have the feeling when I get to that point (in the next year or two?) my speaking should also be quite fluent.
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 Message 291 of 295
04 August 2015 at 5:41pm | IP Logged 
July 2015

In July I read 0 book pages and watched 37 films.

I simply haven't had a lot of time to read books over the last few months. I am continuing to read Suddeutsche Zeitung on a daily basis, but didn't read a book this month. I am going to step up the book reading this month so that I can hopefully finish off my current goal of reaching 25000 pages and 1000 films. It would be nice finish off this goal this month as I am not totally into the changes occuring at HTLAL and am not sure how much longer I will active here.

After this I guess my medium-term goal (which will presumably take around 3-5 years) is to get to 50000 pages and 2000 films.


No books read this month.


978. The Big Lebowski (1997). Amazon Prime. 8/10.

977. L.A. Confidential (1997). Netflix. 8/10.

976. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). Amazon Prime. 7/10.

975. Serenity (2005). Amazon Prime. 6/10.

974. Kingsman (2015). Amazon Prime. 7/10.

973. Adaptation. (2002). Amazon Prime, 7/10.

972. Inherent Vice (2015). Amazon Prime. (4€). 8/10.

971. Kingsman (2015). Amazon Prime (4€). 7/10.

961-970. Arrow (2015) - Season 3 - 23 Episodes. Amazon Prime (25€). 7/10.

951-960. Arrow (2014) - Season 2 - 23 Episodes. Amazon Prime (25€). 7/10.

950. Chappie (2015). Amazon Prime (4€). 7/10.

949. Event Horizon (1997). Amazon Prime. 6/10.

944-948. Penny Dreadful (2015) - Season 2 - 10 Episodes. 7/10.

943. Jackie Brown (1997). Netflix. 8/10.

942. Vampires (1998). Amazon. 5/10.

Edited by patrickwilken on 04 August 2015 at 5:44pm

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 Message 292 of 295
04 August 2015 at 6:49pm | IP Logged 
Patrick, I would very much regret to see you leave the HTLAL community. I always appreciated your thoughtful contributions, and I'm certainly not the only one.
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 Message 293 of 295
04 August 2015 at 6:52pm | IP Logged 
Me too!!! The latest news is that if FX doesn't reply by mid-August, the mods will be ready to move on to the new forum.
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 Message 294 of 295
05 August 2015 at 3:08am | IP Logged 
Patrick, I add my voice to the chorus. I have been reading your log for a very long time. I always look forward to seeing it. I hope you will stay with the community of which you are such a valuable part. Some day, I may start learning German and I'm going to need your help.

None of us like what's happened. I am sorry that the administrator isn't in contact with us and doesn't seem to be interested in updating the forum to keep it relevant for the future. I wish he would. I hope to see you with us wherever we end up. I also hope that the administrator will get in touch and we can cooperate to make HTLAL the best it can be.
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 Message 295 of 295
05 August 2015 at 6:10pm | IP Logged 
Patrick - I'll read your log wherever it is.

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