Friday, June 3, 2016

So, today, I will write my final reflection about my Twenty-Time project.

A few things I enjoyed about the experience include:

  • getting the opportunity to learn something new and pursue something that I had never thought pursuing before in my free time
  • the process of learning a new language by myself
  • understanding how hard it is to learn a new language by yourself as the project progressed
  • the help I could get from my mentors (my dad and Ms. Mattox)
  • getting help from other classmates who had taken or were taking French by borrowing their books

I thought that the most challenging aspect of my Twenty-Time was that once I got my DuoLingo account I disabled the microphone feature, because I thought it was too distracting, and so, I was not having the opportunity to speak it. An example of how this was affecting my learning is when, if a French student asked me to say a sentence in French, I would blank, and I couldn’t hold a conversation.

Something I learned about myself is that is that I truly love learning new languages and I have recently thought of continuing in the process to learn French, or other languages, on my own, with help, of course, from my parents.

I am most proud of starting this project and taking it on because, like I said before, there were some times where I didn’t know it was going to be so hard.

From my successes, I learned that it is sometimes easy to learn something by yourself, even if you have some setbacks on the way, and when you succeed at something you get really proud of yourself.

From my failures, I learned that there is always a way to bounce back, because, even if my meeting with Ms. Mattox didn’t always work, although the ones that did were very productive and I got a lot out of them, or I rarely, try never, got to spend time working with my dad, I still got to learn some French.

I think I will remember the process that I took to do this and how I had an equal amount of both successes and setbacks. Overall, I think it was a fun process no matter what.

There was nothing that Mrs. Wittman could have done better, but I want to say that I was very pleased with her interest in my project, I always valued her feedback, and I appreciated the motivation she gave me.

It’s been a great year!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

So, today was a Day 4, but it was also a Twenty-Time.

Since the last one I have…

Strengthened:

Adject. 3 and Prepos. 2 on April 20th, 2016

Time, Occupation, Negatives, Conj. 2, Adverbs 2, Adject. 3, Prepos. 2, Places, and Irr. Plur. on April 23rd, 2016

Household, Objects, and Places on April 24th, 2016

Clothing, Present 2, Adject. 3, and Irr. Plur. on April 25th, 2016

Completed:

Irr. Plur. on April 20th, 2016

2/6 of People on April 23rd, 2016

2/6 more of People on April 24th, 2016

People (2/6 more) on April 25th, 2016

I noticed that, like in Latin, “si” in French can mean both “yes” and/or “if”, etc.

On April 23, I watched “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio and they spoke French in that movie. I managed to pick up some of the words!

There are some times when I have to listen and type what the recording says. Before, I used to always hear the slow versions, but now I am getting more used to hearing the fast versions and it is getting easier to interpret them!

I can also now guess what most of the words mean based on context clues (spelling, root words, etc) rather than just putting my cursor over the word to see what it means.

Today I strengthened Adject. 2, Infinitive, and Places. I also completed 3/8 of Present 3 and will finish this set of lessons in the next days.

I hope to complete as many sets of lessons as possible before we start preparing for our presentations, which I have started to think about.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I have continued to thoroughly work on learning French. You can find my progress since the last Twenty-Time below.

Strengthened:

Animals, Present 2, Adject. 2, Numbers 1, Possess. 2, Infinitive, Adverbs 1, Occupation, Conj. 2, and Adverbs 2 on April 10th, 2016

Negatives on April 11th, 2016

Household on April 12th, 2016

Time on April 14th, 2016

Family, Demonst. 2, Infinitive and Adverbs 2 on April 16th, 2016

Household on April 18th, 2016

Objects, Adject. 3, and Prepos. 3 on April 19th, 2016

Completed:

1/7 of Objects on April 7th, 2016

2/7 more of Objects on April 10th, 2016

2/7 more of Objects on April 11th, 2016

Objects (2/7 more) on April 12th, 2016

2/10 of Adject. 3 on April 12th, 2016

3/10 more of Adject. 3 on April 13th, 2016

3/10 more of Adject. 3 on April 14th, 2016

Adject. 3 (2/10 more) on April 16th, 2016

Prepos. 2 on April 17th, 2016

3/10 of Places on April 17th, 2016

5/10 more of Places on April 18th, 2016

Places (2/10 more) on April 19th, 2016

My mom showed me a clip of the Shah speaking French in an interview about the opposition in Iran, his thoughts on this matter, and Marxist-Islam. In the video, the Shah did not think that the opposition would take over Iran. He also did not believe that it was possible for a religion, like Islam, to follow a political idea, Marxism, that did not believe in God.

I listened to the video of the boy talking to his dad about the Paris Attacks to see if I understood more of what they were saying. This time I heard the word for “shot/shoot” or “tirer”, which is the same in Persian.

Watching this video again and recognizing more of the words, while still reading the captions, reassured me that I am actually learning French.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

As of the last Twenty-Time I have…

Strengthened:

Posses. 2 and Demonst. 2 on Mar. 25, 2016

Presents 2 and Pronouns on Mar. 27, 2016

Adject.1 on Mar. 28, 2016

Possess 2 on Mar. 29, 2016

Adject. 2 on Mar. 30, 2016

Demonst. 2, Infinitive, and Adverbs 1 on April 1, 2016

Colors, Family, and Infinitive on April 2, 2016

Questions on April 3, 2016

Conj. 2 on April 4, 2016

Pronouns, Infinitive, and Negatives on April 5, 2016

Time and Adverbs 2 on April 6, 2016

Completed:

1/9 of Time on Mar. 24, 2016

4/9 more of Time on Mar. 25, 2016

Time (4/9 more) on Mar. 27, 2016

Infinitive on Mar. 28, 2016

Adverbs 1 on Mar. 29, 2016

Occupation on Mar. 30, 2016

Negatives on April 1, 2016

Conj. 2 on April 2, 2016

Adverbs 2 on April 3, 2016

2/8 of Household on April 4, 2016

2/8 more of Household on April 5, 2016

2/8 more of Household on April 6, 2016

During this time, I noticed that in French, some of the words are similar in Persian, a language that I speak at home. Most recently I learned that the French word for “furniture”, “meubles”, means mostly the same thing (sofa, couch) in Persian. I also learned the word for swimming pool, piscine (like Pi’s name), and the word for shower, douche, which also happens to have the same pronunciation and meaning in Persian. The word for television in French, télévision, is another example of a word having the same pronunciation and meaning in Persian. While doing today’s lesson, I also noticed that balcon, the word for balcony, is the same in French and Persian.

Today, I will finish Household by completing the last 2/8 of this set of lessons and begin the set of lesson on Objects and completing 1/7 of the whole section.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Since the last Twenty-Time I have…

Strengthened:

Conj. 1

Questions

Food

Plurals

Être/Avoir

Colors

Demonst. 1

Presents 2 on Mar. 17, 2016

Phrases, Clothing, Questions, Pronouns, Prepos. 1, and Numbers 1 on Mar. 21, 2016

Conj. 1 on Mar. 22, 2016

Adject. 2 and Pronouns on Mar. 23, 2016

and

Completed:

Adject. 2 on Mar. 15, 2016

Pronouns on Mar. 15, 2016

Prepos. 1 on Mar. 17, 2016

Numbers 1 on Mar. 17, 2016

Family on Mar. 22, 2016

Possess. 2 and Demonst. 2 on Mar. 23, 2016

I will hopefully continue to complete more sets of lessons before the next Twenty-Time!

I plan to further my timeline so that I know what I will be doing as the year continues. I have decided to do this because after the last Twenty-Time, I did not know when the next session was and so I did not have a clear plan of what I was going to do.

I am still feeling really confident about my project and hope that I can now fully reach my goals and have a clearer idea of how I will present what I have accomplished.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Today, during Twenty-Time, I completed my 14th set of lessons.

I have strengthened 10 lessons (some more than once) including: Basics 1, Basics 2, Phrases, Food, Animals, Plurals, Adject. 1, Colors, Possession, and Être/Avoir.

After the last Twenty-Time, I decided to make two notes: one to show when the next Twenty-Time was and how many sets of lessons I wanted to complete by then. The other note consisted of a timeline of sorts that I had made for myself calculating how many days I had before the nest Twenty-Time and counting how many sets of lessons I had to complete before reaching my goal. After this I distributed the sets of lessons equally over 8-9 days.

I will hopefully continue to do this because I feel more organized knowing that I am now setting goals for myself. I can feel that getting a DuoLingo account has given me the strength that I need to gain total control over my project and I have started to take it more seriously. Even though there may not be that many Twenty-Times left before the end of the school year, when we have to present, I have never felt better than I have this past week and a day.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Yesterday, I met with Ms. Mattox. We continued to talk about my project more and looked back at old documents. I found my proposal and realized that I didn’t fully read the comments Mrs. Wittman had given to me, some of which were actually points that we touched based on during our meeting.

She asked me if I had set up a DuoLingo account and suggested I try and find another, maybe, conversational website/videos, etc. I now understood what Mrs. Wittman meant when she said I should use websites.

So, I set up a DuoLingo account and have decided that during the Twenty-Time periods I will now work with DuoLingo. If I have time during class, only then will I write my blog post and/or do other work.

I will go to her or my dad if I have a question or need help about something. I will also use the books that Mr. Schroedter has offered to buy for me, as supplementary practice. I might also use the books that Elena lent me if I have time or really need to, for even more practice.

I started working with DuoLingo yesterday, after I met with her during the long, one hour Tutorial. I trained for 15-20 minutes in the remaining time.

Today, I finished through Basics 2 and will be learning Phrases next.

Friday, February 12, 2016

This Wednesday, I met with Ms. Mattox and we talked about my evaluation.

We started to talk for a while and I told her about the whole process of our evaluation and what we talked about with our peers in class. She suggested to make a video having a conversation with someone instead of just me reciting something.

As for my goals, we both agreed that I need to re-evaluate them and we mutually agreed that we each could have tried to put more effort in this project.

She thought that there is a problem with maybe the execution and/or the original idea. I didn’t really realize that it was a hard thing to complete and produce. She said that I should think about a feasible end product. I am planning on thinking more about this later.

She also commented that after working at this for quite a few weeks, one of the big struggles was the fact that I set up goals that were hard to realize.

I’m glad we had time to talk about with, because I think I needed someone else’s opinion.

I think I need to work more on my actual Twenty-Time during class instead of just writing my blog post and doing homework/copying down something she gave me to study/memorize.

I am also getting help from Mr. Schroedter in order to learn more of the grammar and structure by getting the DA French 1 Textbook and Workbook.

I hope that after the musical, with his help, I will work hard to learn more French!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Today we took time complete our mid-year evaluation of our Twenty-Time projects based on how we thought it has been going so far and what our peers thought based on what we shared about projects.

My original goal for the project was to learn a basic level of French, or what would known at Durham Academy as “French 1”.

The roadblocks I’ve hit include not being able to meet with Ms. Mattox every Wednesday either because conflicts I’ve had or because of conflicts she’s had.

My successes include learning some adjectives, nouns, etc.

So far, I have been able to produce some sentences with what I have learned.

I need to learn more vocabulary.

I strongly feel that I need to re-evaluate my goals because I have not be using my weekends very much to learn and practice my French.

I feel good about what I have been able to accomplish, but I think I can do more to practice/learn more French over the weekends or when I free time, if I do.

I hope to fulfill these goals during the next Twenty-Times and improve on my time management.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Last Wednesday, I met with Ms. Mattox during Lunch.

We reviewed the personal pronouns and the verb “to be”. She would give me singular form and I would have to give the plural or she would give the personal pronoun and I would have to give the conjugated form of the verb “to be”.

Next she gave me some adjectives to work with. We started with “happy” (masc. – “content”/”contents”, fem. – “contente”/”contentes”). She would give me some practice sentences like, “We are happy.” (“Nous sommes contentes.”) and “He/She is happy.” (“Il/Elle est content/contente.”). Then we worked with the adjective “blonde” (masc. – “blond”/”blonds”, fem. – “blonde”/”blondes”). We also practiced some sentences like, “She is blonde.” (“Elle est blonde.”) and “You are blonde.” (“Tu es blonde.”).

She later continued to teach me how to say “not” (“ne…pa”). Ms. Mattox gave me some practice sentences with “not” and “content(s), contente(s)”/”blond(s), blonde(s)”. Sentences included, “He is not happy.” (“Il ne es pa content.”) and “You all are not blonde.” (“Vous ne ett pa blonds.”).

I hope that at our next meeting, I will learn more nouns, adjectives, verbs, and pronouns.