My 2018 Goals
Reach level 25 in French
Get a 400 day streak
Get 500 duolingo followers (don't judge/hate plz)
Complete my German tree
Complete my Practice Makes Perfect French book (arriving in the mail tomorrow)
Write a 5 paragraph essay in French with less than 5 mistakes
Write a 3 paragraph essay in German with less that 7 mistakes
Read out loud both of my essays easily
Hope this inspired you!
I actually find mysteries really slow going, because many tend to have slang. I’ve started and stopped a few. They aren’t the best entry novels I’ve found (for me). I’m currently reading a series with Dante acting as a kind of 14th century Sherlock Holmes: I Delitti della Medusa, by Giulio Leoni. It’s pretty good so far, and no modern slang, but still uphill work.
As far as entry reading in Italian I had good luck with a “easy reader” mystery geared to B1 readers called “Omicidio alla Moda,” which was simple reading and fairly entertaining. It won’t win any Edgar Awards, but it was a good starter book, especially to read on the Kindle with its built-in Italian dictionary. I’ve also really enjoyed Alessandro Barrico’s books (non-mysteries), which are lyrical and poetic and tend to use simple sentence construction. I can recommend Seta (Silk) which is historical fiction centered in the silk industry in 19th century France.
I know people say to start with kids’ books, but I would be bored with that. Start with what you like, as long as the text isn’t too hard. And only read as much as you can handle at a session. Sometimes for me that’s less than a page.
I am trying to get all of my word strengths to 4 bars. I would like to restart my study of Spanish on Duolingo. I would like to attend a French conversation group and maybe take a French class at the local community college. Your goals look great. Bonne chance!
Hello, Good Luck for your goals.
I am going to join you with the 400 day streak (minimum of 600xp a week) and to complete my tree.
I will help you with one of your quests. I am now a follower :)