Jun. 11th, 2012 07:30 pm
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Only 3 more hours to go! The 2011-2012 school year (3rd grade for Emily) will end tomorrow with a half-day. So much has been happening.

I intend never to be on quite as many PTA committees ever again. Some days (weeks), it seemed like I was in the school all day, every day.

I am turning over the foreign language committee to someone else. It will be advertised many many times probably before someone picks it up. But, as long as someone picks it up early in the school year, it will still work out. Emily is unlikely to do Spanish next year (grade 4) and it seems she will have a built-in conflict in grade 5.

Emily is being advanced far and fast in math, and she is enjoying it a huge amount. Fourth grade, she will be taking Math 6 with a group of 5th graders. In fifth grade, she will go over to the local middle school for math before the day begins at her elementary school (this would conflict with Spanish if it continues to be offered at the same time at the elementary school).

Emily and I are going to do a lot of Spanish work over the summer.
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We have the day off from school, due to a planned teacher-work day.

I'm planning to get a bunch of paperwork done for PTA. I have two children in the house and they are watching TV, specifically Avatar: The Last Airbender TV show.

I missed the deadline for the DELE exam in November. The next time it is offered will be May. So I will have plenty of time to prepare. I still need to make contact with the correct person at the Embassy of Spain to make sure it will be offered in Washington DC. If it won't be offered here, the next closest location is NYC.

My Spanish

Oct. 2nd, 2011 11:31 am
petmoosie: (spanish)
Yesterday I did a ton of Rosetta Stone work. I'm feeling more and more confident with it. I have really big goals with my Spanish overall. I don't think Rosetta Stone will get me ALL the way there, but it will get me a lot further. I really, really want to schedule some travel to a Spanish-speaking country. Of course, I could just go to Takoma Park or the New Hampshire-Langley Park area and hang around. Watch Univision, talk with my neighbor. Take a turn translating at PTA meetings (Um, no, I'm not good enough). Go to a Spanish-language Mass. But the travel would be more FUN.
petmoosie: (braids)
I seem not to get on LJ as much. Concentrating on Facebook, it seems, and working my little tail off. And an invitation-only board, and another one just for co-workers, and Rosetta Stone.

Rosetta Stone is lots of fun. I'm still way back at the beginning but progressing rapidly. The progress monitoring isn't designed to make starting in the middle intuitive, and I want to be sure that my pronunciation keeps up with my other skills, so I am using the first lessons for practice with that.

My Beetle and I were involved in an accident. Low-speed, so I was fine, but my Beetle is going to have to undergo surgery. Right now, it is a pirate Beetle, because the left front headlight is on the back seat. I have gotten two written opinions from doctors that specialize in this sort of surgery and have a start time at the Beetle hospital of my choice. The hospital is very convenient, and I should be able to see the recovery area from nearby.

My work for the PTA is going apace. I have one thing to do for it today, and I really should stop procrastinating about it.
petmoosie: (braids)
Many of which I had put off too long.

I am doing laundry. Starting with adult dark clothes and I am hoping to get as far as sheets and towels. (ETA: some towels done, lots of adult dark clothes)

I'm changing the Brita filter. (ETA: done)

I am listening to a large number of news reports in Spanish. I am mostly listening to those from the recent days (about Egipto).

I am sending out letters from the PTA that I should have done before the first of February. (ETA: done, thank goodness)

I am planning to run on my treadmill. Or, at least walk.

I am going to see if there is still space to sign Emily up for the Girl Scout camp that she would like to do.
petmoosie: (braids)
But maybe soon.

I have several hats on my head with regards to PTA. One is membership. I am the one who collects all the forms and issues all the cards. National PTA has a database to make that easy (supposably). Right now I am still digging through last year's papers to get the secret codes to make the database work for me. I also have emails into the former holders of my position.

[ profile] mrmoosie is trying desperately to balance the checkbook. He has a large discrepancy from at least two registers back. But he can't resolve it until/unless we find the register three registers back.

Some one has touched my foreign language hat and I will not be calm until his/her situation is settled. I hope that he/she is a fluent English-speaker.
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Gardening--I have a question. Many of my trees bent over with the weight of all the snow. Some of them have not straightened even after the removal of the snow weighing them down. Will they straighten themselves when the sap rises? Will they straighten themselves when they leaf out? Are they going to be stuck in the bent-over position forever (or until they die)?

My Spanish class has been canceled (for spring, the teacher will try to put together a class in the fall). I will need to be sure that I am practicing Spanish every day. And that I am practicing at least a little grammar, which is not my favorite.

No more snow!! I'm enjoying watching the melting. We are due to have some flurries (30% chance) tonight and tomorrow and more heavy snowfall (60% chance) between Monday, Feb. 22 and Wednesday, Feb. 24. With any luck these will not amount to any real accumulation. Highs are predicted to be above 32 degrees for the entire 10-day forecast. Let it melt, let it melt, let it melt!


Feb. 1st, 2010 09:14 am
petmoosie: (braids)
My memorization project with Mnemosyne is getting better and better. My Spanish is improving by the truckloads.

I need to read the sentences out loud on a regular basis. In fact, in general, I need to read more Spanish out loud.

I downloaded a cultural magazine that the Spanish embassy puts out on a quarterly basis. That might be interesting reading today.
petmoosie: (braids)
I have: my daughter in an Afghan shirt, my grape leaves doing their last cooking, and my display from last year. I will spice up with Matryoshka dolls, my laminated "Cutting Board" (never cut on a laminated board), and the recipe book.

The big question is whether I am going to cook the mushrooms recipe also.
petmoosie: (braids)
Well, one of my PTA roles is high-visibility, literally. I help direct traffic in the morning.

While shopping in the grocery store today, the florist area manager came up to me and said that I seemed familiar. Sure enough, she has a child at my daughter's school. So the topic of International Night (Saturday, OMG, I'm doomed) came up.

The other topic that comes up is that the parents would like their children to get some instruction in Spanish. Or, like this woman, feel that they are capable of teaching children (more than just their own child) formal Spanish. I simply have to get the children and the parents together in a club or another venue.
petmoosie: (braids)
Emily is practicing how to add numbers between 1 and 6 in the way we all did, by rolling two six-sided dice. She is getting pretty fast at it now.

I found an interesting article in Spanish today about the hypocrisy of various world leaders in 2009. It has the advantage of the tone of sarcasm and understated wit. So the language is fairly sophisticated.

Various papers for Income Taxes have come already. While I am unlikely to file early, I am feeling optimistic about not needing an extension.

Emily was practicing her Spanish yesterday, by listening to Spanish folk songs. Some of those songs, she is learning in her before-school class (that I have responsibility for).
petmoosie: (braids)
So I'd better get some things done today.

I have over 100 cards to do today in my Mnemosyne deck. That's because I put in a ton of vocabulary from the GRE recently. Most of it I know by heart, so I just have to enter 5s for a while and it will become scheduled for really long times. Some of the first batch of vocabulary are already scheduled with times of 66 days to 86 days. Very few of my Spanish examples are scheduled for times over 20 days. Those few are ones I understand very well.

Emily's Girl Scout Cookie sales have gone very well indeed. She now has 66 boxes sold.

It's a nice day today with highs up to 53°F. It will get colder as the week goes on. I believe I am seeing tiny buds on some of the trees. That could be wishful thinking however.
petmoosie: (bad guy)
Or at least a large subset.

I've been listening to Spanish a lot today. 3 15-minute newscasts, 2 11-minute cultural podcasts, and 4 Medical Spanish podcasts.

I emailed about the various obligations I have over the next week (mostly Spanish classes and traffic circle). I did two loads of laundry.

I "helped" Emily sell 3 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies after church.

I still haven't found the papers I am looking for on my desk.
petmoosie: (braids)
But not falling behind either. I folded directories at school today. I reviewed maybe 17 cards out of my Mnemosyne deck. Mostly Spanish-to-English translations with a very few obscure English words thrown in there. i haven't added cards to the deck for a few days, but I have reviewed cards every day.

Part of my Amazon order came today.
petmoosie: (braids)
with a Mac's one-button trackpad.

I intend to find some organic chemistry structures for my Mnemosyne deck. And some sound files for my Spanish-language cards.
petmoosie: (braids)
I am planning to use Mnemosyne as a Spaced Repetition System for now (or, I like to think of it as Structured Review System). I have 10 Spanish sentences in there now.
petmoosie: (braids)
If my book is not found by 10am (say) tomorrow morning, I am ordering another copy from Amazon. Bleh!

Meanwhile, I have found a fairly interesting blog about second language learning. I may change many of my techniques to use some of his.
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I lost my Spanish book today. I was reading it while my tire was being fixed. I got in the car, and realized that I didn't have it half-way to Emily's school. After I picked her up, I went back, but it wasn't there.

Whaaahhhhh. I would lose my head if it wasn't attached.
petmoosie: (spanish)
When [ profile] starstraf and I went to the museum yesterday, there was a field trip there.

I noticed first that there were no boys in the class.

Then I noticed that they spoke Spanish. The teacher could translate from English. Most of the girls could also speak and read English, but if it got confusing, they went to Spanish.

Then I noticed that they were spending a long time discussing vaccinations.

Then I noticed that they were talking about what vaccines children need. Young children. And about vaccines required to enroll children in school.

Then I looked at some of the girls' midsections. Some of them definitely *could* be pregnant.

Then I heard the museum tour director ask the girls if their children were born yet. Actually the way she asked it, was are they on the inside or the outside?

So, the conclusion to draw is that the field trip was from the school for pregnant girls. Right?

PS. I am giving myself major points for understanding most of the translations.
petmoosie: (spanish)
The same one that we had before. At first, we didn't understand him at all. Then he slowed down and we got used to his accent, his word choices and his mannerisms.

He was a little confused that we have two women named Deborah in the same class of five students. It is a little amusing.

We talked about the Spanish Civil War and the terrorist group ETA. His ancestry on one side is Basque, and he did try to tell us something about the Basque country. I think I am spelling that slightly wrong in English.


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