So Much To Do, So Little Time!!!

cute asian girl

 

Hey everyone!

Well I am currently on Unit three of the Castilian Spanish language course from Rosetta Stone and progressing decently, at least in my opinion! I have also started Japanese, and am still early on in the first unit of Japanese language pack. Wow, what a difference! Spanish and English have a few similarities, but Japanese is from a whole another planet! It’s fun though, especially because it is so amazingly different from what I’ve been used to my whole life.

I am currently up to Algebra, Geometry and a few other things on Khan Academy.

Right now for the programming languages I am focusing on C, Python, and Java. But I am also working PHP, JavaScript, and a couple others in when I have time.

My first online course that I am actually registered for, begins in approx 15 days. It is a Greek and Roman Mythology course offered online by The University of Pennsylvania. I also start a Mathematical Thinking course soon, offered by Prof. Devlin of Stanford University.

I am of course still working on CS50 Fall 2011, and am registered for the online class CS50x, starting on October 15th, offered by edX.org and Prof. David J Malan.

Look for more updates soon and I will try to be more detailed next time, I just don’t have much time today.

Have a good one!

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Learning Castilian Spanish

the labyrinth of pan

Thought I would throw up a short update on my foray into learning Spanish (Castilian). It’s been a little over a week since I started learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone and StudySpanish.com. I have progressed so far to Unit 4 of Lesson 1, or level 1 I’m not sure which, but it’s definitely Unit 4! I’m still really confused about the many conjugations of some words and when/where to use them, but that understanding will come with time. I also have watched Pan’s Labyrinth a couple times as it’s the only spoken Spanish (Spain!) DVD I own at the moment (also turned Spanish captions on which helps when hearing it spoken so fast). As I close this post I will rattle off some of the phrases I know and understand (just an example and by no means my entire vocabulary so far):

La mujer come arroz.

La luna es blanca.

El gato negro no duerme.

Las ninas corren.

Hola! Que hace?

Anyways, I know probably around 50+ words so far or maybe even more than that. Many different forms of the same word is the biggest obstacle I’ve encountered so far. Oh, and trying to say the double “R”… ‘rr’ that is trilled or rolled is a hard noise to make without it sounding obnoxious and spit flying haha.

Mucho gusto and domo arigato!

Spain, has more than just a beautiful language

I’ve always wanted to learn new languages and this week I will finally start on my path to joining the ranks of the multilingual people of the world! I wrote down a list of about 20 languages I was interested in learning and then cut it in half to a top 10. Upon some thinking over the list, I decided to start with two languages in which one I will start this week and the other I will start in a month or so.

First up: I will start learning Castilian Spanish this week. I’ve always had a great interest in Spain, and plan to visit the country eventually. Since the version of Spanish spoken in Spain is so similar to American Spanish, it makes sense to me to learn the European variety as I will also be able to communicate with my American amigos.
Next: After I have a decent grasp of Spanish, I will start learning Japanese! I plan to begin around a month from now.

This should be fun, I will post more updates on my language studies in time when I have something worth posting ;)