Sunday, August 7, 2011

I should be listening to Dental Stops and Fricatives

Time:  11:15 pm
When:  Sunday Night.  August 7.
What: In the middle of a two week long Introduction to Phonetics course.  About 3/4 through Lesson 10.

Motivation: Gone

Would rather watch a movie on Netflix.  Would rather eat.  Would rather sleep till noon tomorrow.

Went to church this morning at historic Moody Church in downtown Chicago.  Now that was cool.  The building is nearly 100 years old and it's beautiful.  What was even more beautiful was that it was packed with young families and while it wasn't as quite a diverse congregation as I expected, it was still much more ethnically diverse than most churches.

After cruising around the northside of Chicago after church and having lunch on the way home I crashed for a really long nap this evening (4 pm- 8 pm) and now I'm trying to get back into academic mode for tomorrow by finishing up homework.

This stuff is CRAZY!  It's hard to explain.  I guess it would be stranger to me if I hadn't already studied Russian, but suffice to say there are a lot more sounds that can be made than the ones we use in English.  And that's what we're doing these 2 weeks.  We're learning how to hear and make those sounds; some of which will show up in the various languages we will study on the mission field.

Therein lies part of the motivation problem.  I've studied enough Russian to know which of these sounds are present and which are not and therefore have little motivation to learn the ones which do not.  Make sense?

What I really want to do is see my Support Account increase by about 50% and then go to Ukraine in October as planned!