How's Your Day? Aug. 2018

Discussion in 'The Chatterbox' started by richgem, Jul 31, 2018.

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  1. lradke

    lradke and doggone it, people like me

    Pretty hot the last week, record breaking TBH.

    Other than that things are finally chill. This weekend was the first days, in years, that I didn't feel stressed out. I can't tell you how nice it is to feel like that when going to bed. It's like when you finish school and you suddenly have all this free feels wrong, but so nice!

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  2. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Working on the last of my "Level 4" (upper intermediate) level Dutch exam. I saved the worst section (speaking) for last. I have to write out 4 scenarios and then record them. At least I get to read from the script/text that I compose. I don't have to speak spontaneously, in other words. Another question and a half to go and then of course, submit it all by tomorrow. The last question is the hardest... I have to write up and then speak a short (2 or 3 min) business-type presentation. The mechanics aren't too bad. It's just a lot of vocabulary to look up.

    In theory at least, passing this exam (=60% or better on each of the 4 sections) puts me at roughly CEFR "B2" level. But, personally, I think I'd be at the lower end of that mark in that I don't have a lot of practice (hardly any) in actual speaking and listening. But... due to other tests that I've taken at other sites, I can see that my reading and writing are on track for that level.

    (B2= upper intermediate fluency)

    Yes, I'm doing this to myself willingly. :eek:
  3. Dapper-in-a-can-man

    Dapper-in-a-can-man and Dad-on-hand

    Hey y’all. I know, I know, I haven’t been on in ages. I’m sorry for neglecting y’all. How’s everyone doing?! Who is still around?

    So, I’m getting married in December, the bride to be is doing wedding stuff today, Dapper Jr started preschool last week. It’s so weird not having him around, lunches are very quiet.

    I found Christ earlier this year and have started an amazing walk. I’ve missed you all. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Edit: picture of the fiancé added
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
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  4. Erik Redd

    Erik Redd Lizabeth, baby, I'm comin' to join ya.

    Congrats! I'm glad things are working out for you.
  5. Dapper-in-a-can-man

    Dapper-in-a-can-man and Dad-on-hand

    That they are! Life has it’s hiccups but I can overcome it all.

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  6. RyX

    RyX DoH!

    Constant change is here to stay. The last five years I've been a bachelor, semi-retired, and working as a handyman. This summer my daughter, her seven year old fraternal twin girls & almost 3 year old son joined my household. With their mom working two part time jobs I've become more of a stay at home Pawpaw. Today was the second day of school for the girls, with grandson and I hanging out at the house. We had a grand day of searching for his missing other shoe, followed by after school pick up, math homework assistance, and Spagetti-O's for supper. They chose the canned stuff, I ate someones left over cheeseburger from last night. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring and I'm excited to see the days unfold.
  7. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Well.... it's official... I passed my Level 4 exam in Dutch which puts me at roughly CEFR level B2 (=high intermediate), so I'm told. I think the listening section was by the skin of my teeth, but I did surprisingly well, roughly B and B+ work, on the other sections (reading comprehension, writing, and speaking (from a script)). So, to my mind, that puts me at a realistic "B1" (= low intermediate) level.
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  8. Intrigued

    Intrigued Active Member

    Gefeliciteerd! :bounce017:
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  9. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Dank je wel!
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  10. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    Congratulations, my friend! This is quite an accomplishment! Do you plan to use your Dutch language skills for teaching or travel? Now that I'm retired, I've considered taking a conversational Spanish class, as I think would be helpful in everyday situations. My Bride and I visited Italy earlier this year (loved it), and surprisingly enough, the Spanish I learned as a kid helped me understand a few Italian words and phrases.
  11. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Thanks Charlie! I have to admit I am proud of myself. Especially since this is largely via self-study. I may use it for travel but it's really just self-enrichment which began with a dare from the limecat... my Canadian friend who is bilingual.

    I took six years of Italian in school and it's a beautiful language. Spanish is definitely a help. And Italian is definitely worth learning if you have the time. For me at least it's the most beautiful sounding of the romance languages.

    Edit: I meant to add that Dutch for travel really isn't a necessity as so many of the Dutch speak English nearly as well as a native since they start English classes at a very young age. My experience has been that they would rather accomodate you and practice their English than let you practice your Dutch. Maybe they are afraid of us Americans hurting ourselves. LOL. But, unlike some EU nations, this seems to arise from a genuine willingness to accomodate the tourist rather than from some "you hopeless American" point of view.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
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  12. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    Congrats @richgem !! That is quite an accomplishment. What you said about the Dutch desire to practice their English is interesting. I had a similar experience in South Korea, which is why I only speak 4 words of Korean.
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  13. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Thanks, Sara!
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  14. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Are you going to visit Holland soon?
  15. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    No immediate plans to do so, but it is on my bucket list. I used to take some time after New Year's to go to St Maarten which is now off the list because of the last storm. Last year instead I went to Aruba which is also a Dutch Island and I will probably go back there after this coming New Year's.
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  16. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    I’m inundated with vegetables in my garden. I picked tons of tomatoes and made six quarts of pasta sauce and a bunch of salsa. Now to figure out what to do with the squash.
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  17. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Lucky little troll baby! We've had rain (torrential at times) nearly every day for a month. All my tomatoes are split and rotting on the vine. :( *

    * except for the cherry tomatoes which are flourishing. Now, if they'd just turn red!
    I've had great luck with the two types of Thai chili peppers tho... I may have enough soon to supply a small chain restaurant! lol.
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  18. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    This nice stretch of cool weather (albeit brief)saves me some electric bill funds(no AC needed thus far). Paid last month's bill and was reminded of how much I've been using it this summer! Off to the gym in a while.
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  19. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Well... looks like another hit taken care of. Well... looks like another day's work done. :innocent

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  20. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    I like those sweet grape tomatoes from the supermarket(course they are available at other places, too). Great on salad.
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