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French, Week 9

slipped a day.
but did the rest.

the podcast was amazing.
i did not understand anything.
will keep at it :)

Happy Birthday Abbygail

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Love looks pretty on you.
Makes you soft, tender, proud.
Makes you sit up and take notice.
Gives you a home to set down your things.


What a blessing it is, to have music and dancing and poetry.
What a gift it is, to look at someone and say,
I’m so happy to have found you
at last, at last, at long, long last
you’re here.

Lang Leav

It has also been a blessing to walk by your side, sharing our lives.
It’s hard to think of me, without you anymore.
Like Leav writes, “Every time I see my name, I hear it in your voice.”
Happy Birthday, my heart!
I love you.


What Makes the Desert Beautiful …

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“The stars are beautiful, because of a flower that cannot be seen.”

I replied, “Yes, that is so.’
And, without saying anything more, I looked across the ridges of sand that were stretched out before us in the moonlight.

“The desert is beautiful,” the little prince added.

“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well …”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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French, Week 8

French, seems to be the only thing that I do regularly.
Probably because it takes me only 45 minutes to an hour daily.
(And that is because I am dumb and slow and deliberate. I’m sure other folks must be doing this is 10-20 minutes)

While I thought I was making progress, I had a funny sort of realisation when a friend asked me if I could speak and carry on a basic conversation in French.
And I realised, I couldn’t. I could not even understand words (or a sense of what they might convey outside of the little, I was learning daily.)

So I think I will try listening to podcasts in French, in order to get a sense of the rhythm and flow of the language.
Will write back in a couple of months to record, if there has been improvement.

Study, Day 3

Morning

Lets see what this day holds :)

French

  • Did a review session
  • Made 15 flashcards

MITx, 6.00.1x, Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

  • goofed off on twitter and read articles on blogs instead of studying
  • learnt about tuples.
  • it’s been an hour & a half and I am still terribly distracted.
  • doing the dishes to regain focus. be back in 30.

Nope. cannot focus.
Annnnnd now there is no power. This day is done!
Will just sit at the window and enjoy the rain :)
Hopefully tomorrow is a better day.