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Not Over It!

November 21, 2013

Well, it just goes to show that I’m just not getting over my “stage fright” about speaking to the video camera.

The sad thought is, I do fine when I have to talk via text.  I do okay when I speak aloud to another person, even if there’s a lot of “ums” and “ohs” in my diction.  I just can’t get over the whole thing about how I sound on camera, and that’s probably the perfectionist in me.

Anyway, video update #3 in French is up.  No update on what we eat (well, save for an excuse buried in there), but that’ll be in the next update this weekend in Hebrew…

I’ll upload subtitles tomorrow evening, once I have time (and a clear headspace) to actually do them.  But this is how I sound after about a month and a half of being serious about learning French.

Other than that:


#add1challenge update, day 54:

DuoLingo – I’m working through the French tree, slowly and steadily.  I should have the tree finished by the end of the month, or by the first week of December… which gives me plenty of time to get myself certain as to how I’ll do against my goal of that test there. (And then, after that, I’m looking at taking the TCF in the new year, just to get an “official” measure of how I’m doing.)

Assimil – I’m into the active phase.  More often than not, I’m doing alright at that part of things, and I’m continuing to push forward through the passive-phase activities as well.  My biggest problem is that I’m finding that the vocabulary isn’t sticking in my head for some reason… dunno why.

Memrise – this has been hit or miss while the wife’s been out of town.  (Yeah… I’ve concentrated more on Duo and Assimil while the kids are asleep, and haven’t gotten to Memrise while I’m trying to play with my youngest.)  I’ll catch up tomorrow when I’m back in the office, I hope, and get back on it.

Basically, I’m just finding that my will to push forward is hitting a plateau at the moment, but I’m trying to power through it.  The end is in sight, and I have to get there.

  1. niceee, why dont you share your update in the group?? You are doing great man!

    • Just because I hadn’t gotten around to it… (I’ve been juggling a few things offline, work and single-parenting being the least of it, as I mentioned in the video proper.) I’ll do it this afternoon, and /hopefully/ I’ll get to the subtitles this weekend.

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