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.
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!
Cen chaoi bhfuil tú? Kei te pehea koe? Tá mé tuirseach Kei te ngenge ahau. And I have every right to be tired! Greetings from Vienna Airport. I left Auckland around 21h on Saturday night. It is now 05h41 in Auckland on Monday morning. Yup, 37 hours en route, and still have one more (shortish) … Continue reading Tá mé san Eoraip!
This week I've somewhat re-dedicated myself to my work in te reo Māori. When I started the week I was about halfway through 175 pages of learning activities in Kete 3. Suffice to say I was rather daunted...and not doing well at motivating myself to crack into things again. I'm reminded how reliant I've become … Continue reading ka pai!
A month? Has it nearly been a month since I blogged? Whoa. September is always busy. It's a month. I'm an academic. Busy. But my magistral work has been time-sensitive in ways that my language learning simply isn't. Add in a need to eat, sleep, eat, commune, eat and eat...and you get no blogging. But … Continue reading go maith leiscéal?
Cette semaine j'y suis allé à la Nouvelle Calédonie, précisement Nouméa, ville capitâle. C'est un endroit bien colonisé: le cultur Kanaky est plutôt effacé. Oui il y a des boulangéries extraordinaire. Et oui, je parles français, donc un destination facile pour moi. Mais je préfère les îles decolonisé, comme the Cook Islands (ignorez le nom … Continue reading tout est chaos
This morning I was listening to podcasts whilst doing my scullery. This week's episode of Motherfócloir opened with a faux Eurovision voting sequence and a brief discussion of the Contest. I was going to fansplain that, in fact, Ireland's most recent victory was in 1996 (rather than 1994). But then Darrach and his ilk wouldn't've … Continue reading gaelige + eurovision = squee
Have been whacking around in Memrise Māori a fair bit this week. Not the best interface and paying for access hasn't improved it. Mostly I'm using it to drill (on a supplementary basis) things like counting. My nemesis. *throwscomputeragainstfireplace* OK, not really...just metaphorically. Am now quite out of the molasses phase of learning Irish and … Continue reading kotahi eejit