janetlin: (German)
I never thought I'd say this, but I think I actually kinda miss German. In talking about the few lines of German in Doctor Who (that hardly qualifies as a spoiler) I'm realizing how much I've forgotten, and being surprised by how much I still remember. I don't think I'll go back while I'm at CSUS, because I didn't like the teacher here. But maybe I'll pick up a book/tapes and refresh myself.

Also Spanish. I really need to go back before I lose everything.

In other news, one month til Morgan and I fly to New Zealand, yay!
janetlin: (German)
I never thought I'd say this, but I think I actually kinda miss German. In talking about the few lines of German in Doctor Who (that hardly qualifies as a spoiler) I'm realizing how much I've forgotten, and being surprised by how much I still remember. I don't think I'll go back while I'm at CSUS, because I didn't like the teacher here. But maybe I'll pick up a book/tapes and refresh myself.

Also Spanish. I really need to go back before I lose everything.

In other news, one month til Morgan and I fly to New Zealand, yay!
janetlin: (Ten and Donna)
So okay, it's been driving me crazy out on the boats for the Fourth not being able to watch Doctor Who. But I'm home now YAY!!!

standing by with kleenex and chocolate just in case )
janetlin: (Ten and Donna)
So okay, it's been driving me crazy out on the boats for the Fourth not being able to watch Doctor Who. But I'm home now YAY!!!

standing by with kleenex and chocolate just in case )
janetlin: (Languages)
How could I pass up one about language? From [livejournal.com profile] settiai

Where did you grow up? Northern California, USA.


Where we say hella )
janetlin: (Languages)
How could I pass up one about language? From [livejournal.com profile] settiai

Where did you grow up? Northern California, USA.


Where we say hella )
janetlin: (Procrastinate)
Got my midterm and my first project back in my Second Language Learning & Teaching class. I got a B on the test (missing three points out of twenty five will really goof you up), and aced the project. Yay! I was so nervous about that thing. It was bizarre and unlike any writing thing I've ever had to do, so at no point in the process of doing it was I sure that I was on the right track. _So_ nerve-wracking! But apparently I got it right, because the prof wrote notes all over my margins saying things like "good analysis" and "I agree."

Now we're on to the even _more_ terrifying second project which is ESL classroom observation and analysis. I know, no big surprise, it's only the name of the course. But this is the first of the "serious business, this is what it takes to become a teacher" kind of stuff that's really quite intimidating. Teaching was always just sort of in my nebulous future somewhere, but I'm quickly approaching the point that it's going to become a reality, or not happen at all. And if it doesn't happen I have no _earthly_ idea what I'm going to do with my life. So yeah. No pressure.
janetlin: (Procrastinate)
Got my midterm and my first project back in my Second Language Learning & Teaching class. I got a B on the test (missing three points out of twenty five will really goof you up), and aced the project. Yay! I was so nervous about that thing. It was bizarre and unlike any writing thing I've ever had to do, so at no point in the process of doing it was I sure that I was on the right track. _So_ nerve-wracking! But apparently I got it right, because the prof wrote notes all over my margins saying things like "good analysis" and "I agree."

Now we're on to the even _more_ terrifying second project which is ESL classroom observation and analysis. I know, no big surprise, it's only the name of the course. But this is the first of the "serious business, this is what it takes to become a teacher" kind of stuff that's really quite intimidating. Teaching was always just sort of in my nebulous future somewhere, but I'm quickly approaching the point that it's going to become a reality, or not happen at all. And if it doesn't happen I have no _earthly_ idea what I'm going to do with my life. So yeah. No pressure.
janetlin: (Default)
I am not _quite_ so delighted with the first rain of the season today as [livejournal.com profile] silverflight. I suppose we need it, though, and I do hope that this is foreshadowing a long and wet winter (seeing as it is getting started so relatively early). Morgan and I were on the lookout for rainbows on the way home this evening, as there were occasional holes in the clouds that some blue sky was peeking through, but we didn't find any. Did get some lightning, though, which is always cool. Morgan learns little bits of Spanish at school, which I quiz her while we're driving ("What color is that car in Spanish?" "The white car is blanco!"), so I thought I'd mix things up and teach her that lightning is "blitzen" (largely because I don't think I know what lightning is in Spanish. Nor Russian, come to think...) Oh, and I must make a point to teach her about butterflies when the season comes again. I can just hear her little voice saying "schmetterling." So cute!
janetlin: (Default)
I am not _quite_ so delighted with the first rain of the season today as [livejournal.com profile] silverflight. I suppose we need it, though, and I do hope that this is foreshadowing a long and wet winter (seeing as it is getting started so relatively early). Morgan and I were on the lookout for rainbows on the way home this evening, as there were occasional holes in the clouds that some blue sky was peeking through, but we didn't find any. Did get some lightning, though, which is always cool. Morgan learns little bits of Spanish at school, which I quiz her while we're driving ("What color is that car in Spanish?" "The white car is blanco!"), so I thought I'd mix things up and teach her that lightning is "blitzen" (largely because I don't think I know what lightning is in Spanish. Nor Russian, come to think...) Oh, and I must make a point to teach her about butterflies when the season comes again. I can just hear her little voice saying "schmetterling." So cute!
janetlin: (Russian)
We have to memorize this poem for Russian and it's beautiful so I thought I'd share it with you all.

Я вас любил - Александр Сергеевич Пушкин

Я вас любил: любовь, еще, быть может,
В душе моей угасла не совсем;
Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит;
Я не хочу печалить вас ничем.

Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,
То робостью, то ревностью томим;
Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,
Как дай вам Бог любимой быть другим.

I loved you - Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

I loved you once: and love, perhaps, is still
Within my soul, as yet not fully doused;
But do not let that trouble you too much -
I do not wish to sadden you at all.

I loved you silently, hopelessly,
By modesty and jealousy tormented;
I loved you so sincerely, so tenderly,
As, may God grant, you will be loved again.


Couldn't make it rhyme without messing up the words too much, though I'm very happy that the meter for the most part translated straight across. It has made it much easier to memorize it since I realized it's iambic pentameter, just like the Sonnets.
janetlin: (Russian)
We have to memorize this poem for Russian and it's beautiful so I thought I'd share it with you all.

Я вас любил - Александр Сергеевич Пушкин

Я вас любил: любовь, еще, быть может,
В душе моей угасла не совсем;
Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит;
Я не хочу печалить вас ничем.

Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,
То робостью, то ревностью томим;
Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,
Как дай вам Бог любимой быть другим.

I loved you - Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

I loved you once: and love, perhaps, is still
Within my soul, as yet not fully doused;
But do not let that trouble you too much -
I do not wish to sadden you at all.

I loved you silently, hopelessly,
By modesty and jealousy tormented;
I loved you so sincerely, so tenderly,
As, may God grant, you will be loved again.


Couldn't make it rhyme without messing up the words too much, though I'm very happy that the meter for the most part translated straight across. It has made it much easier to memorize it since I realized it's iambic pentameter, just like the Sonnets.
janetlin: (German)
Berlitz is love

Somewhere in the Irish sea... (I love the Swedish subtitles on this!)
janetlin: (German)
Berlitz is love

Somewhere in the Irish sea... (I love the Swedish subtitles on this!)
janetlin: (Don't mess)
Gyah, so apparently I am one of _two_ people who have registered for Russian 2B in the spring semester. This means it will likely be cut. And Dr. Gray is a _lecturer_, not technically a professor, so he's not allowed to set up Independent Study. So guh. There goes that. Crumbs.

Maybe I'll pick up Arabic. Or Greek? The alphabet shouldn't be bad, after Russian. Or I could be totally vanilla and go back to clean up my Spanish. *yawn* so cliche. Same with starting Italian. Romance languages are so passé (... ignore the fact that's a French word). But, oh, to not have to worry about cases anymore... and only have two genders... and decent sound-spelling correspondence... *wistful sigh* If only it didn't feel like taking the easy way out.

Oh, slight change of topic: we're doing comparatives in Russian, and today in class we were going down the list of irregular ones, and they have хороший, хорошо, лучше ~ good, well, better. And someone commented on the oddity, and Профессор replied, "Well, English has 'good, better, best' - where'd that come from, either?" with a shrug.

"German," says I, even though I know it was a rhetorical question, "gut, besser, best."

Профессор gives me this you-had-to-call-me-on-that-didn't-you look and says to the rest of the class, "See? That's what you get for having smart students."

*blush*
janetlin: (Don't mess)
Gyah, so apparently I am one of _two_ people who have registered for Russian 2B in the spring semester. This means it will likely be cut. And Dr. Gray is a _lecturer_, not technically a professor, so he's not allowed to set up Independent Study. So guh. There goes that. Crumbs.

Maybe I'll pick up Arabic. Or Greek? The alphabet shouldn't be bad, after Russian. Or I could be totally vanilla and go back to clean up my Spanish. *yawn* so cliche. Same with starting Italian. Romance languages are so passé (... ignore the fact that's a French word). But, oh, to not have to worry about cases anymore... and only have two genders... and decent sound-spelling correspondence... *wistful sigh* If only it didn't feel like taking the easy way out.

Oh, slight change of topic: we're doing comparatives in Russian, and today in class we were going down the list of irregular ones, and they have хороший, хорошо, лучше ~ good, well, better. And someone commented on the oddity, and Профессор replied, "Well, English has 'good, better, best' - where'd that come from, either?" with a shrug.

"German," says I, even though I know it was a rhetorical question, "gut, besser, best."

Профессор gives me this you-had-to-call-me-on-that-didn't-you look and says to the rest of the class, "See? That's what you get for having smart students."

*blush*
janetlin: (Pigtails and a gun)
Wheee, I just figured out how to change the language on my computer.

Now I just need to learn how to type in Russian, too....
janetlin: (Pigtails and a gun)
Wheee, I just figured out how to change the language on my computer.

Now I just need to learn how to type in Russian, too....
janetlin: (Russian)
For those who are curious, the Russian alphabet )

[livejournal.com profile] elven_alchemist, totally feel free to correct and/or refine this.

*note: this is based on American pronunciation of aforementioned vowels. Mild extrapolation will therefore be needed for the Kiwi accent.
janetlin: (Russian)
For those who are curious, the Russian alphabet )

[livejournal.com profile] elven_alchemist, totally feel free to correct and/or refine this.

*note: this is based on American pronunciation of aforementioned vowels. Mild extrapolation will therefore be needed for the Kiwi accent.

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