My novels for language learners

This is a list of all the novels for language learners that I have. I added German titles for books that (might) have one, so I don’t accidentally buy the same book again.

Spanish

A2

  • Requiem por un torero / Requiem für einen Torero
  • Heiße Spur auf Ibiza

B1

  • Die Spur des schwarzen Reiters
  • Die Jagd nach dem Phantom
  • Escándalo en el Prado
  • La oveja negra (+ audio)
  • Los ricos también mueren (+ audio)
  • Tic, Tac … muerte!
  • El rostro de la sombra
  • Hello Goodbye
  • Casting

B2

  • Tödlicher Flamenco
  • El monje misterioso / Der unheimliche Mönch

French

A1

  • L’île de la mort

A2

  • Mord im Moulin Rouge
  • Rendez-vous mortel
  • Voyage mortel

B1

  • Der Schatz des Sonnenkönigs
  • Der Wein des Verderbens
  • Danse de la nuit

B2

  • Schüsse in Versailles
  • Schatten über Montparnasse
  • Échancrure

And here is a picture of some of them (I have more now):

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Language Goals September 2018

Another month is over! I was quite busy again but I did at least a bit. Before I share my goals for September, here is what I did in August:

Language Goals August 2018 – Results

Japanese

  • Review N4 grammar (book+notes)
  • Review N4 vocab (Memrise)  ✔ 
  • Review N4 kanji (Memrise)
  • Quizzes N4 grammar/kanji/vocab (JPDrills)
  • Listening practice (N4/N5 material)
  • Reading practice (N4 material)
  • 264 Kanji (Heisig + Kanji Study App)

I wanted to focus a lot on Japanese because it’s only a few more months until the JLPT in December. But unfortunately things didn’t go as planned and I didn’t have a lot of time to actually sit down and do some focused studying. So I mostly stuck to what I could do on my phone in short breaks, which was mostly reviewing vocabulary and kanji as well as doing quizzes. Overall I tracked 16 hours of studying, which is not bad considering that I only used small breaks.

Spanish

  • Spanish novel (A2 level)
  • Watch Youtube videos

I read a few pages of the novel but that’s it. Again, I just couldn’t really focus on something like this. I did watch quite a few youtube videos. I mostly watched videos made by Spanish native speakers where they explain grammar points or other things in Spanish. I didn’t use subtitles or anything for it and understood quite a lot, so I’m happy about this!

French

  • Watch Youtube videos
  • Listen to songs

I did both, I watched some youtube videos (French speakers) and listened to a lot of French songs! It’s a great way to keep the language in mind.

Arabic

I spent 4 weeks in Jordan so I was immersed in Arabic (Jordanian dialect). I didn’t actively study the language during the time (I explained why in my last goal post), but I did learn and experience a lot of interesting things:

  • Even though I only knew some basic words, I could pick up a lot of the daily talk between native speakers. So now I believe even more that learning vocabulary by frequency and/or learning by what’s important to you, is THE way to learn vocab, at least in the beginning.
  • Listening to native speakers a lot really helped me train my ears. I could easily pick out all the words that I knew and sometimes I even understood small sentences. So I should definitely listen more to stuff in all my languages.
  • It’s interesting how often we use the numbers from 1 to 10 in daily conversations. So I think it’s really helpful to learn them well in the beginning.
  • I learned a few simple constructions of how to form sentences but even with just a few of them I feel like I can already say a lot. But I still don’t know many words so I’m still limited to what I can say.

Language Goals September 2018

Japanese

  • Review N4 grammar (book+notes)
  • Review N4 vocab (Memrise)
  • Review N4 kanji (Memrise)
  • Quizzes N4 grammar/kanji/vocab (JPDrills)
  • Listening practice (N4/N5 material)
  • Reading practice (N4 material)
  • 90 Kanji (Heisig + Kanji Study App)

My goals for Japanese will be the same as last month, but I’m reducing the new kanji goal to 90. I don’t need them for the JLPT so there’s no need to learn so many in just one month. I really, really need to focus on filling the N4 grammar gaps (which are a lot!) and doing a lot more listening and reading practice. Japanese will be my main focus for the next 3 months.

Spanish

  • Spanish novel (A2 level)
  • Watch Youtube videos
  • Listening practice (podcasts etc.)

Spanish will be my secondary focus this month, but I won’t do a lot of active studying. I want to try to read through my Spanish novel and otherwise continue watching youtube videos and adding more listening practice like podcasts.

French

  • Watch Youtube video
  • Listen to songs

Again no active studying for French, but I want to keep listening to songs and watching some videos.

Irish

New language project!! I actually don’t want to start a new language now, especially not a complex language… but Future Learn is going to restart their free Irish courses and Irish 101 starts in September. Since I don’t know if they will offer the courses again from the beginning in the future, I will take them now. It’s one course per month and about 4 hours per week, so it should be doable. They look like rather slow paced courses and you also learn something about the culture, so I think it will be fine to have this as a small side project. I don’t really have a goal for this language (I might just do some dabbling) so I’m fine with taking it very slowly.