Rain, wet paws, chilli plants and Assimil German

Sup d00ds and d00desses,

I hope you are all keeping well on this disgustingly wet July day. It is extremely wet, and our furry monster is essentially a wet rug on legs with sponges for paws.


As if that wasn’t enough to worry about, I’m also concerned about what the biblical torrents of rain will do to my chilli crop.

Yes. I grow (or rather nurture) a few chilli plants. For curries, chillies and well hot foods.

I’m not much of a gardener, and I don’t know much about plantin ‘n stuff, but I’m pretty sure that these plants are not designed to be rained on by  cold, cold west country rain for 24 hours in mid summer.

There also appear to be holes in the leaves that weren’t there when it was sunny. There are in my garden nasty slimy things which come out at night. They crawl, slither, attack, munch and feast especially when it is wet. Slugs! Snails. Why???????

Interestingly, they never ever touch the chillies once they get to a certain size. Maybe slithering things don’t like hot food.

Enough said, and time to update you on my Slow Language Learning project using Assimil German, which as you may imagine or possibly remember is all about me learning German … slowly.

I last wrote about this on the 15th of June (at which point I had reached lesson 15) and now I have just completed  lesson 17. This means I am doing a lesson every two weeks, as opposed to the daily lesson recommended by Assimil. My progress is thus fourteen times slower than suggested, and the book will last me about four years (instead of three months).

The slow part of the progress is an unqualified success, and I will metaphorically pat myself on the back. It is always good to celebrate success – although not too vigorously. Moderation in all things. Etc.

But what about the learning German part of the project? I am slowly (duh!) but surely remembering words and perhaps phrases. The last time I met my German speaking victim (an event that happens infrequently), I managed to bust out “Ich gehe nach England heute Abend” (much too his amusement) and was understood.

Progress therefore is being made, as previously all I could say was “Ich lerne Deutsche” and no more.

If you are in a hurry this might not be the method for you. Natch. Obi. Like duh … undsoweiter …

Besos and baci.

Your one and only.



Assimil German … again!

Sup all?

Writing a blog is like writing a diary except it is public (duh!) and there is a very effective search function.

Every know and then, I use the search function, and this demonstrates conclusively to me that I go around in circles when it comes to learning languages.

Admittedly, neither language learning nor Surface Languages is my day job (both are hobbies conducted on a sporadic basis), but it is still galling to be reminded of this so forcefully.

And so it is that I reached lesson 34 of  Assimil German and then started doing other things. The difficulty, as ever, is finding time to learn a new skill, in between everything else that I either do or have to do, both willingly and unwillingly.

And so, I have been experimenting with Slow language learning, and I am trying this with Assimil German. Instead of using Assimil as recommended (far too intense for me), I’m learning more or less all of it as I go along, but in chunks of ten words (or sentences) per day. No more. No less.

I work through each dialog, revision exercise and so on in the same way. Here is a (strange) example from the lesson I am on:

Vorsicht, das sind die Krabben. Careful, they are crabs.

I would break this down into:

Vorsicht careful

die Krabbe the crab

die Krabben the crabs

I add each word into the spaced repition app I am using, and over the day learn them. I haven’t added  sind (they are), as it has featured previously.

The above (including the entire sentence) would count as four entries. The process is slow, but I am making progress and am now on Lesson 14.

Happy days.