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  • Originally posted by winencandy View Post
    While I was working on my ESL AQ I decided I should learn French. I haven''t started yet. No real plan or idea how to start. I can count to 20, know some basic words and a few phrases...
    any ideas?
    Try watching French programs on TV. When I was doing Spanish I found this really improved my ear for the language as it got me used to the rhythms and nuances. Study your grammar and dictionary too, but I found the listening helped.
    Odille
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    • My tips:
      Get a French newspaper, chose an article, and start reading, translating. Use the vocab and verbs from the article to expand your vocabulary, and you'll have something that is in use right now.
      Keep flash cards in your pocket and quiz yourself many times a day. Ten short bursts are better than one long session.

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      • Judg - wondering if you picked up on the mention that unsoaked roasted nuts cause migraines........ don't remember the OP. But that made me think about your daily brazil nuts........ you might want to ponder that one. 3 migraines since going primal. Could likely be a connection.?????

        Just thought I'd throw that out...........
        1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
        2. Eat to heal
        3. Move to live
        4. Embrace today
        5. Live with intention
        6. Respect my body
        7. Cultivate joy
        8. Find my passion
        9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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        • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
          Since we're talking plants... I have a parsley and a basil plant that are not doing well post transplant. i got them from the farmers market and they look all droopy, despite being watered and placed in Miracle Grow soil... suggestions??
          Parsley is difficult to transplant. If it has been hot and sunny, that would be the problem though. Water them frequently and if possible, shade them a bit.

          Originally posted by winencandy View Post
          Mine are stress induced. I haven't had a bad one in a long time, but lately I've been getting the auras without the pain.



          While I was working on my ESL AQ I decided I should learn French. I haven''t started yet. No real plan or idea how to start. I can count to 20, know some basic words and a few phrases...
          any ideas?
          Nice to miss the pain. Do you get the hangover?

          How grammatically-minded are you? And have you ever learned a second language before? I suppose you must have a few basics from high school. The idea of translating news articles isn't bad once you have a bit of an idea of the structures and such. Tune into Radio Canada in the car, just to help develop your ear, even if you don't listen closely.

          I've rather been liking the Teach Yourself Italian book and CDs I picked up. It's not heavily grammatical (which I personally would welcome, but I'm weird that way), but it does let you in on things and it's nice to have the oral exercises.

          Do NOT buy Rosetta Stone. It's way too expensive for a poorly thought-out method. As a supplement to a better course, maybe, but there are cheaper alternatives.

          Originally posted by tomi View Post
          Judg - wondering if you picked up on the mention that unsoaked roasted nuts cause migraines........ don't remember the OP. But that made me think about your daily brazil nuts........ you might want to ponder that one. 3 migraines since going primal. Could likely be a connection.?????

          Just thought I'd throw that out...........
          Hmm, hadn't thought of that. I'll try to keep an eye on it.
          5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
          Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
          Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

          More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
          - Lewis Mumford

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          • Health journal May 16, 2012

            Sleep: 8 hours

            Food
            Vitamins: check
            Breakfast: Berry/kiwi smoothie with eggs, coconut milk, flaxseed, and hempseed
            Lunch: The other half of the smoothie
            Supper: Chili, fresh fiddleheads with butter and Romano. Ate too much again. *sigh*
            Snacks: 2 Brazil nuts

            Exercise: 16 minutes aerobic dancing with a couple of small "sprints"

            Activities: Bathroom cleaning, "spa" time, 2 loads laundry, hand dishes, bit of repotting, finances
            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
            - Lewis Mumford

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            • Originally posted by Analog6 View Post
              Try watching French programs on TV. When I was doing Spanish I found this really improved my ear for the language as it got me used to the rhythms and nuances. Study your grammar and dictionary too, but I found the listening helped.
              Originally posted by Sabine View Post
              My tips:
              Get a French newspaper, chose an article, and start reading, translating. Use the vocab and verbs from the article to expand your vocabulary, and you'll have something that is in use right now.
              Keep flash cards in your pocket and quiz yourself many times a day. Ten short bursts are better than one long session.
              Thanks girls!

              Originally posted by Judg View Post
              Nice to miss the pain. Do you get the hangover?
              Nope

              Originally posted by Judg View Post
              How grammatically-minded are you? And have you ever learned a second language before? I suppose you must have a few basics from high school.
              Lets see...
              1. I don't know. Not huge.
              2. Nope. Just a few Spanish phrases to get by at Mexican resorts
              3. I had French in Grade 7 and 8. That's it.
              My Daughter (grade 11) is taking French, so I have an "in-house" helper

              Originally posted by Judg View Post
              The idea of translating news articles isn't bad once you have a bit of an idea of the structures and such. Tune into Radio Canada in the car, just to help develop your ear, even if you don't listen closely.

              I've rather been liking the Teach Yourself Italian book and CDs I picked up. It's not heavily grammatical (which I personally would welcome, but I'm weird that way), but it does let you in on things and it's nice to have the oral exercises.

              Do NOT buy Rosetta Stone. It's way too expensive for a poorly thought-out method. As a supplement to a better course, maybe, but there are cheaper alternatives.
              Thanks!
              "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
              "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
              "Moderation sucks." Suse
              "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
              "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


              Winencandy

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              • Here's the website for the Teach Yourself series.

                If you have an all-time favourite book, you know, the kind you read every few years just because, try to get the French translation. It really helps to be reading something when you know where it's going. Again, something to be tried after you've picked up some basics. You can try earlier, but if it seems daunting, just put it aside for later.
                5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                - Lewis Mumford

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                • Originally posted by Judg View Post
                  Parsley is difficult to transplant. If it has been hot and sunny, that would be the problem though. Water them frequently and if possible, shade them a bit.

                  Do NOT buy Rosetta Stone. It's way too expensive for a poorly thought-out method. As a supplement to a better course, maybe, but there are cheaper alternatives.
                  The soil I used is the moisture control by Miracle Grow (b/c that's what I had on hand). I'll set them right inside the garage for a couple of days (with the doors open) to see if that helps at all. I transplanted them the same day they rode around in my car on a warmer day, so maybe the heat and the transplant shock just have them all goofed up. I have them on my deck right now b/c the rabbits can't get to them there, but they get a great deal of afternoon sun too (my mum isn't liking it either). Maybe they need some additional shade til they settle in. Thanks for the pointers.

                  I agree about Rosetta Stone being expensive. The Army provides it to soldiers and civilian employees for free, so if I were to attempt a new language, that's likely what I'd use simply b/c it's there and it's free.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • I still don't have a lot of respect for Rosetta Stone. They used a one-size-fits-all mentality, just translating their exercises from the first one they set up! Which is nonsense, every language has different issues and usages. Makes me mad. As a supplement to work on oral aspects, okay, if you just want to be able to play tourist a bit, probably okay, but if you want to master a language, it will probably set you up with bad habits and misconceptions.

                    I will stop now. Trust me, I can go on a lengthy rant on this subject... LOL! What can I say? Languages are my thing. Free and available are good, but not if they cause you problems later.

                    On a totally different topic, hubby is on the way home! Yay! Late afternoon, early evening arrival. Which means I am spending the day spiffing things up. I might not be able to make the rounds of all the journals.

                    I also seem to be hitting that four-week wall I've heard about. Or maybe it was just a bad start to the day. Let's hope. My morale was pretty low this morning, hubby or no. Woke up out of a recurring nightmare (another variation on the theme of losing a small child) and have been having a little difficulty coming out of that funk. My body feels heavy and sluggish too, although I have definitely known worse times in that regard. Maybe a day of "spiffing" for hubby is just what I need to take myself out of myself. I am also listening to some great music, and spent more time than normal with my Bible this morning, reviewing my go-to passages that help me refind my balance.

                    Here's to hubby cheering me up!
                    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                    - Lewis Mumford

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                    • YEAH - so glad to hear your hubby is on his way home! But sorry you are feeling a bit in the dumpers today. It happens, normal ups and downs I guess. I've been in one for the past week, and I think today I'm feeling a bit more lifted. Purhaps I need to follow your lead and get my Bible on my lap for a while. I've been a Christian since I was a teen, but I always have found it difficult to just sit and read through the Bible. I have a hard time following much of it. Many years ago I attending Bible Study Fellowship (have you heard of it?) for a couple years. It was a great way to learn what all that stuff means - but I got turned off by their very legalistic junk and ended up quitting. They had approached me to be a group leader, but when they found out I was married to a man who had previously been divorced (a 6 week mistake for him), they told me that I wasn't eligible to be a leader. I was okay with that, until they decided that ALL the ladies who were in a leadership position were required to be at a healthy weight within 3 months or be dismissed from their position. That was all I could take of that! I was disappointed, because the biblical part was wonderful. I haven't found a good bible study since.

                      Enjoy your time with your husband! And start working on that paperwork so you can move stateside with him in the fall! I'm sure all those kids at the college could benefit from your influence!
                      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                      2. Eat to heal
                      3. Move to live
                      4. Embrace today
                      5. Live with intention
                      6. Respect my body
                      7. Cultivate joy
                      8. Find my passion
                      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                      • What?!?
                        Why was a bible study group using weight as a job issue?
                        Or a religious one?
                        This blows my mind.
                        Also, was it the same for the male leaders?

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                        • Nope, haven't heard of them. A lot of churches do have good Bible studies, although I do find far too many workbook, fill-in-the-blank approaches.

                          And yes, I do think it's just one of the normal ups and downs of life I'm going through today. Siobhan or somebody else was saying a lot of women tend to hit a slump at around four weeks, and that's just where I am too. Maybe that's part of it too. Anyway, I will soldier on and come out on the other side sooner or later. And I really should get back to setting this place to rights.
                          5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                          Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                          Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                          More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                          - Lewis Mumford

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                          • In my experience, Rosetta Stone isn't for mastery, but for initial learning. The commercials talk nothing about mastery, just that it's easier to learn using their approach than the classroom approach. The Army uses it to train soldiers so they can communicate when overseas - much like "help me find the bathroom" stuff. They teach true Translaters for the rest of it, and that's a 2 year long training program in California or something. I worked with a prior service Arabic translator for a while.

                            I'm sorry for your dream. Is it just a random reoccuring theme or did something happen years earlier that trigger this dream?
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • No, just a random dream. The details are always different. I think it's just the normal parental fears going on, nothing too traumatic or unusual. But it doesn't make for waking up in a good mood. It's not too frequent, but my bad dreams do tend to settle in a couple of themes, and losing a young child in my care is one of them.

                              For a lot of people, especially if they don't know grammar well, which is just about everybody nowadays (I got an unusual education, and I can still remember my German teacher tearing at his hair in despair and suspending German for a couple of days while he taught us English grammar), Rosetta Stone, and similar approaches, is easier. This is true. And for many people's purposes, it is also sufficient. (Are you proud of me? No rant. LOL)
                              5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                              Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                              Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                              More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                              - Lewis Mumford

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                              • Way to show some restraint! haha
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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