I try to take a 4-part approach to developing my language skills:
For my listening, I try to watch videos that are more or less at my level of time and energy for looking up words as I watch using Closed Captions for the Hearing Impaired, when possible. Happily, Netflix has even better than that: you can watch the show in the original Turkish audio, with the CCs on, and even turn on the audio description version (for the blind or low vision viewers, I presume?). I tried it that way, as I watched my once favorite Turkish series, Hakan: Muhafız, and it was more interesting for a few minutes. I think that one reason I like the series is the idea of immortal powers, not fully understood by the human agents, yet nonetheless, being resisted, as in my WiP.
With Closed Captions turned on, that can also take care, partially, of my reading skill development, but I also tend to read books, starting with something I know already, like Harry Potter, to jump start my reading skills in a target language.
After finishing the fourth season of Hakan: Muhafiz, aka The Protector, I’m no longer quite so enthusiastic about it. This last season was pretty bizarre, and complaints about the plot’s logic, or the lack thereof, seem to be pretty well founded. Nevertheless, I’ll probably be watching it all again from the beginning to go back and catch the keywords that I missed the first time around, like:
NiveWikisozluk and https://context.reverso.net/%C3%A7eviri/t%C3%BCrk%C3%A7e-ispanyolca/mucize useful in #languagelearning#Turkish
-Devşirmek, sokacagina, 35:38 -ermeyen…
3 :S4E2, 32:58 cevahir
38:51, S4E2 ihanet
For my reading, I continue to read and listen to a Turkish version of the 1001 Nights (aka Arabian Nights):
September 9, 2020 – 1.0% “Cin’da, yirmi dordunce gece ile basliyoruz…
We’re starting in China on the 24th night…”
September 10, 2020 – 1.0% “A fish bone in the Lokma? I must be misremembering what lokma is because I thought it was a sweet pastry.”
September 11, 2020 – Shelved as: kitab September 12, 2020 – 2.0% “Bu me ya: hizli yiyen misafir olmis ve sonra Keystone cops’a oldunu?
What is this: a guest dies from eating too fast, a then it becomes the Keystone cops?”
For my speaking, I still like to turn to songs, or simply to repeat the odd line from a show as I watch. I’ve let me practice of keeping my journal in various languages slide for a while, as I began to work more on my WiP,
Action Items in support of #languagelearning for all, that you can take:
1.) Read a novel, or write one, that both tells a good story, and shows people making a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once done, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.
2.) Write blog posts pointing out folks how language learning helps all of us see more.
3.) Draw or caligraph something in a new language, even just one word.
Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
September, 12020 HE