Saturday, February 4, 2017

Caturday's Astrophenia | খুব ভালো



Namaskar. Dirge: Questions and Answers is slated to resume with Part 2 on the 8th of this month, so this Caturday, I bring you the return of the Astrophenia to its regular posting schedule.

This week has been both productive and livable, with study of Bangla resumed and much catching up on my vocabulary going on with immersive practice sessions using Bengali online media. This includes videos and Internet radio to encourage effort, and retrieval practice for vocabulary, intonation, and pronunciation skills needed for any reasonable claim to mastery of this mellifluous language.

At this rate, now that engagement is resumed, I hope to fully master Parts 1 and 2 of the text, moving into Part 3, by the end of the year. We'll see. I've completed flash cards and Evernote file quizzes for good retention for units 1-13 of Part 1 and have already begun study of Part 2, up to unit 17, dealing with a vocabulary and grammar lesson set in a fictional conversation with a Bangladeshi girls' school instructor in Sylhet.

The cats and I are doing well. I've taken full responsibility for the housework for the month, which I hope to keep from cutting into study time. We'll see, but the outlook is good at this point. I'll try to get in four units each week, which will let me catch up fully with the first 16 units including all exercises by this month's end.

Khub bhalo.

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