May 3rd, 2010

The whole morning was spent at the hospital with mom, as she was having a procedure done. I took along Assimil Spanish and Dutch, but mostly worked on the Dutch. I listened to 1-6 again, then read through all of the lessons carefully. All in all, probably spent an hour or so on it. I also grabbed the first video of an Arabic video course via iTunes U, and watched the bulk of it.

In the afternoon, I went to the library and checked out Awde’s The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It. I read for about an hour, and learned to recognize baa, taa, and thaa; I’ve not practiced writing them yet.

From left to right: thaa, taa, baa. Thaa is like th in three; taa is like English t; and baa is like English b.

Later, I listened to 3 Schlaflos in München podcasts, coming to around 45 minutes total. I’m not sure if it counted as an “epiphany” moment or if it was just due to the subject matter, but I understood a surprising amount, almost all of it. I usually struggle to keep up with Annik.

In the evening, I did the repititions for around 30 words (German). I still have a few lists floating around that need repetition attention, particularly the Russian list I did a few days ago.

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