So yesterday I finished my last suite of lessons in the Duolingo Irish course. The technical term for my achievement is a shit tonne: I have completed a shit tonne of lessons. Every module has five levels; each level has several--often numerous--lessons. Jaysus Mary and Joseph it was a grind at times. But for someone looking for a … Continue reading All levelled up
Every module. Every lesson. All five levels. Done and dusted. I wish I could say it feels like an achievement. I mean, it is one. But mostly it feels like persistence and stubbornness. I will take this week off, then start back with Gaelige gan stro.
Rinne mé na briathra go léir ar duolingo. 🙂
What a crazy couple of months. Thanks #covid19. Been swamped with managing a shift to online teaching for our 4k students. No longer working 80 hours a week, but still super busy. Happily Aotearoa's led the world in terms of a lockdown and we seem to have eliminated community transmission of the virus. Much of … Continue reading Go maith leisceal
We've less than an hour left in our Feile Phádraic here in Aotearoa. It's been an unusual one for me. I'm home here in Tāmaki Makaurau waiting for results of an #covid19 assay. If I have the virus it's one of the 80% of people for whom it's very mild. But on a recent work … Continue reading St Plastic Paddy’s Day 2020
On Saturday there was an election for the Irish Dáil. For the first time a left party topped the poll: under the Irish STV system, some form of coalition or confidence and supply arrangement is required. Exciting! Māori Things are progressing with my reo too. I've booked in my last assessment for Papa Reo (week … Continue reading Votáil!
Earlier this week I returned to the topic in Duolingo Irish that's vexed me the most: Verbal nouns. It was only slightly vexatious this time: I had only stumbled through two early lessons when I'd lost the will to live. So this represents finishing most of level 1 and all of level 2 on verbal … Continue reading Level 2 plus kete 4 = 🙂
This last fornight has been crunch-time, work-wise. It's been something of a shite year work-wise too. So last week I decided to pull the plug a couple of days early: the 18th was my last working date for 2019. W00t! Aotearoa does some things really well and some things less so. Christmas here is awesome. … Continue reading Nollaig shona duit agus meri kerihimete
ka pai 🙂
I have enrolled in Level 2 te reo Māori at te Wānanga o Aotearoa, commencing in March 2020.