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    I, on the other hand are losing weight. I have some specialized equipment that gives me plenty of a workout in a very short time. We also have augmented our with a meal powder that is a complete balanced meal (1-2 times a day). As a type one diabetic I refrain from snacking unless I need to. All it takes is about 20 minutes a day to get the needed boost in mental health and physical maintenance. So it is possible but, eating because you are bored will cause problems. In this case the old saw " Use it or loss it." Applies to exercise and body maintenance but, not snacking.




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    That reminds me. I really believe that most Americans (if not residents of other less wealthy countries) will end the virus lock-down weighing a lot more than they did at its beginning. I find myself eating more than I should while staying at home and while I do like to go out an hike for several miles in the Santa Cruz Mountains at least three times a week to burn those calories off, that option has pretty much been taken away from me during the lock-down. In my county we are not supposed to travel more than five miles to visit a recreational area and there are no public parks or open space sites that remain open within that distance. We have dozens of ocean beaches along the coast in my county, but all have been closed with cops and concerned citizens enforcing distancing rules on anyone who can find a way to sneak onto a beach. Needless to say the surfers are going crazy and it is not going to be a happy scene this weekend when the weather is finally predicted to be sunny and relatively warm.

    Meanwhile you have news reporters and various public officials warning the public to stay at home and watch TV for the latest virus news. While that might stop you from getting the virus, it sure won't stop you from getting fat.
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    I'll get fatter because of a "half frozen shoulder", no working out since august, no bike since october, no hiking since coronavirus. I got some extra weight for my beard, I'm looking more and more like Slayer guitarist Kerry King, or a dwarf from Lord of the rings
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    @Phil,
    you can't say coffe and France in the same sentence
    Well, don't tell anyone, it's a secret, but I really like France. I've been also to Brittany, it's really wonderful, but when you get used to Genoa climate (and roads for your bike)...
    By the way, being able to speak the local language enables you to better connect with people. I'd say now you have plenty of time to study french , maybe in a couple of years, we'll meet there.
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    I have tried to learn French but, I am reminded that you can't teach and old dog new tricks. My friend in France has study English for years and he can read it but, is only able to speak it enough that we can understand each other. I did have my phone the last time it was there and I had a translator app that helped fill in the gaps when needed. When he and his wife were talking back and forth I could usually get the basic understanding as I somehow find French easier to understand from the viewpoint of being married....

    The really hard language is the local english dialects as it almost sounds familiar but, is somehow different enough that, to me it can be near impossible to understand.....




    Quote Originally Posted by Gunther View Post
    @Phil,
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    Well, don't tell anyone, it's a secret, but I really like France. I've been also to Brittany, it's really wonderful, but when you get used to Genoa climate (and roads for your bike)...
    By the way, being able to speak the local language enables you to better connect with people. I'd say now you have plenty of time to study french , maybe in a couple of years, we'll meet there.
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    Here is a short video showing what a day is like for a Dutch girl in Lima, Peru, as she waits for her evacuation flight back to Holland. It is interesting that men are locked down three days a week, women are also locked down for three days a week and on Sunday, both men and women can go out in public to facilities that remain open. In this episode, Itchy Boots goes grocery shopping at a supermarket. I found it interesting that she said that not having any men on the street eliminated the "cat calls" that she experienced when men were around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadpizza View Post
    I have tried to learn French but, I am reminded that you can't teach and old dog new tricks. My friend in France has study English for years and he can read it but, is only able to speak it enough that we can understand each other.
    It sounds strange to me, so I see two possibilities:
    1) I'm blessed with a superior QI (unlikely)
    2) you didn't study hard enough (more likely)
    Maybe I found french at school not so difficult because french and italian languages have some similarities, spanish has even more, as far as I know, sometimes you can traslate italian to spanish (and vice versa) word by word.
    Just to lift your mood, have a look at german grammar
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_grammar
    and look at those coloured boxes showing you forms of articols and pronouns... then reconsider your effort in studying french
    I'm just revising german during these last months, and though I can write and read it, it's still difficult while speaking (no time to think before you talk), it's more or less ok when I order at the restaurant or in a basic conversation, but it's a real hell when I should speak about something more abstract: I remember years ago my teacher asked me: "Du glaubst nicht in Jesus?!" (You don't believe in Jesus?!) I hardly could explain I'm not such a religious person without offending her
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    I took two years of Spanish in high school and received an "F" grade on every exam. However, my teacher gave me a passing "D-" grade because she didn't ever want to see me again. (She got her wish. )

    Frankly, I am not very good a languages, including English. Unlike my daughter who took two years of Japanese (and mathematics, for that matter) in college and received an "A" in every class.
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    Ah but, there is nobody to practice French and to me that is a requirement. It would be far easier to learn Spanish here as there are plenty who can speak it. To learn French would be like trying to learn a forgotten language like Sanskrit. If you don't use it, you lose it.

    To give some perspective, Oregon is a little larger in land mass then the UK, California has a larger economy than France. France is the size of Texas. Europe is much closer together and there is far more opportunity to use or need to learn other languages. The Native American languages are used more here in this area than French.


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    It sounds strange to me, so I see two possibilities:
    1) I'm blessed with a superior QI (unlikely)
    2) you didn't study hard enough (more likely)
    Maybe I found french at school not so difficult because french and italian languages have some similarities, spanish has even more, as far as I know, sometimes you can traslate italian to spanish (and vice versa) word by word.
    Just to lift your mood, have a look at german grammar
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    and look at those coloured boxes showing you forms of articols and pronouns... then reconsider your effort in studying french
    I'm just revising german during these last months, and though I can write and read it, it's still difficult while speaking (no time to think before you talk), it's more or less ok when I order at the restaurant or in a basic conversation, but it's a real hell when I should speak about something more abstract: I remember years ago my teacher asked me: "Du glaubst nicht in Jesus?!" (You don't believe in Jesus?!) I hardly could explain I'm not such a religious person without offending her
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadpizza View Post
    Ah but, there is nobody to practice French and to me that is a requirement. It would be far easier to learn Spanish here as there are plenty who can speak it. To learn French would be like trying to learn a forgotten language like Sanskrit. If you don't use it, you lose it.

    To give some perspective, Oregon is a little larger in land mass then the UK, California has a larger economy than France. France is the size of Texas. Europe is much closer together and there is far more opportunity to use or need to learn other languages. The Native American languages are used more here in this area than French.
    Just a personal observation, I used to live on the Kent coast and many Sundays over the summers in the 1990s I'd take the a 6 ferry return from Dover for a motorbike and spend my time visiting the various battlefields of France and Belgium, from Agincourt to Waterloo and Paschendale. I had a bit of school French but when I tried to speak it many wanted to practice their English on me instead, so my French never really improved. And as you say, use it or lose it. These days when I'm able to go over to Calais to buy my wine in the Hypermarkets immediately speak to you in English as you approach the checkouts.
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    I have tried to learn French but, I am reminded that you can't teach and old dog new tricks....

    The really hard language is the local english dialects as it almost sounds familiar but, is somehow different enough that, to me it can be near impossible to understand.....
    Everybody is different, but I think it's less a matter of age, as much as method of learning. I will be 74 in about 6 weeks. Last fall, I decided to try something different, Persian. For context, I had already studied Arabic, so I knew the alphabet. However, Arabic and Persian belong to completely different language families (Semitic and Indo-European), so apart from the alphabet and loanwords from Arabic they have nothing in common. In fact, one of my challenges was unlearning Arabic.

    The first half of the semester was difficult because I was totally at sea with Persian grammar, but it started to come together at about the 6-week mark. When the second semester started in January, we lost 10 out of 12 students. Learning went well as long as we had face-to-face classroom sessions, which stopped on March 12, the last day I went to class. I've tried studying on my own since then, but it's just not the same without contact, and I am stalled going backwards, actually, due to lack of use.

    I sympathize with you about U.K. dialects. My wife delivered our daughter while we were living in Saudi Arabia, 40 years ago. At the hospital, she had three nurse wives in attendance: 1 from English Midlands, 1 lowland Scot, and 1 highland Scot. The first was easy enough to understand, the second was mostly intelligible, and the third was almost incomprehensible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selden View Post
    Everybody is different, but I think it's less a matter of age, as much as method of learning. I will be 74 in about 6 weeks. Last fall, I decided to try something different, Persian. For context, I had already studied Arabic, so I knew the alphabet. However, Arabic and Persian belong to completely different language families (Semitic and Indo-European), so apart from the alphabet and loanwords from Arabic they have nothing in common. In fact, one of my challenges was unlearning Arabic.

    The first half of the semester was difficult because I was totally at sea with Persian grammar, but it started to come together at about the 6-week mark. When the second semester started in January, we lost 10 out of 12 students. Learning went well as long as we had face-to-face classroom sessions, which stopped on March 12, the last day I went to class. I've tried studying on my own since then, but it's just not the same without contact, and I am stalled — going backwards, actually, due to lack of use.

    I sympathize with you about U.K. dialects. My wife delivered our daughter while we were living in Saudi Arabia, 40 years ago. At the hospital, she had three nurse wives in attendance: 1 from English Midlands, 1 lowland Scot, and 1 highland Scot. The first was easy enough to understand, the second was mostly intelligible, and the third was almost incomprehensible.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOUTfUmI8vs (make sure you turn on the subtitles)
    As an Englishman living in Ireland for some years, I'm able to understand most Irish dialects, however my wife still struggles understanding our next door neighbour! She's originally from Yorkshire so they have trouble understanding her!
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    I feel her pain. The Black Country dialect is harder to understand than French.
    When visiting my friend near Dudley my wife and I went to a Pub we liked and as we were entering an old guy smiled, opened the door and talked a mile a minute in what amounted to gibberish and appeared to be speaking in tongues. Surprised by all this , I smiled nodded my head and said I was American. That put the old guy off a bit. I later saw that there was a gathering of locals having pint and he thought we were part of the group. I did not hear one syllable of English uttered. The speech was unbroken and with no noticeable pronounced emphasis on words. On the other hand I have a long time friend who thinks Mid-westerners have perfect English.........​" Ya, ...right...LOL"

    Quote Originally Posted by oxytotl View Post
    As an Englishman living in Ireland for some years, I'm able to understand most Irish dialects, however my wife still struggles understanding our next door neighbor! She's originally from Yorkshire so they have trouble understanding her!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadpizza View Post
    Ah but, there is nobody to practice French and to me that is a requirement. It would be far easier to learn Spanish here as there are plenty who can speak it. To learn French would be like trying to learn a forgotten language like Sanskrit. If you don't use it, you lose it.
    I agree with you; years ago I used to have one hour a week of german language conversation, and I was pretty fluent, although my dictionary was (and is) limited, nowadays I take a lot of grammar exercise, but a simple phone call with some of my relatives yesterday was a pain in the ass.
    Maybe there are french speaking member of the forum with whom you can practice?
    And as for dialect, as an italian mothertongue, english/scot/irish dialect sound all the same to me. I guess that anyone could say the same of italian dialects, I can even tell the difference between genoese dialect spoken in different areas of the city, but I can't hear any difference in foreign languages.
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    In the U.S. we're told to sing 2 verses of Happy Birthday while washing out hands. That supposedly insures we've washed the correct amount of time. Here is a bit of trivia about the song . . . . . .
    Happy Birthday was originally composed in 1893 as "Good Morning to All" by Patty Smith Hill, a kindergarten teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, and her oldest sister, Mildred Jane Hill, a pianist and composer. It's lyrics were:

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    The combination of melody and lyrics in "Happy Birthday to You" first appeared in print in 1912.[9] None of the early appearances of the "Happy Birthday to You" lyrics included credits or copyright notices. The Summy Company registered a copyright in 1935, crediting authors Preston Ware Orem and Mrs. R. R. Forman.
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