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I'm getting quite good at reading Indonesian - I've read more than 350 pages of parallel texts - so now is a good time to improve my listening comprehension. I asked friends for recommendations of online Indonesian videos and received the following recommendations:
I've tried many to-do lists, dont-break-the-chain, habit builders and so on, but
Since I freelance and have a lot of time to waste every day, I want something that lists everything: things I need to do today, deadlines coming up next week, productivity goals I want to meet every day, non-daily habits I want to encourage... and it should be fun to strike things off the list (without preventing recurrence).
I FOUND IT!
It's not enough to speak a foreign language - if you want to fit in while abroad, you also need to know the cultural norms, the expected behaviour, so that you don't inadvertently offend people. There is often some leeway for foreigners, but some things are considered "universal" by the locals, so even foreigners aren't allowed to get away with them (no matter if these are actually universal constants or not).
Someone on Quora asked me about the things that a foreigner visiting Germany should absolutely not do. My answer:
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Progress since January 2012
2 / 30 Foreign books read, i. e. excl. German + English
11 / 50 Foreign texts written
108 / 700 Total hours of lang. study
(This is manually updated, so not always up to date)
My original goal was to do 700+ hours of language study this year and read 50 books (30 in languages other than German/English). Instead, I only managed 643 hours of language study and 32 books (22 in languages other than German/English), so I am quite disappointed in myself.
My final list of books:
Book 1: "B.A.f.H. - Das Neueste vom Bastard Assistant" by Florian Schiel
Lately I've been getting back into Japanese, which I had studied for a few months last year around this time. (Read about my challenge "Understand Your Favourite TV Series in 30 Days".)
I decided to join the italki Fall Challenge: Take 20 lessons until the end of September and they will give you the equivalent of $30 to use for your next classes.
Considering that there are a lot of teachers on italki who charge $6 or so for a 60 minute lesson, that's quite a sweet discount, if you were planning to take language lessons anyway.
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