Sunday, April 30, 2017

Updates: Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

When: 29 April 2017

I'm thoroughly enjoying Saigon, Vietnam! I'm also making good progress with the Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon:
  1. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness (100% completed. HURRAH!)
  2. The Long Ships, by Frans G. Bengtsson (40% completed)
The Saigon traffic was crazy. The travel time to the Mekong Delta which was supposed to be around 2.5 hours was stretched to 4 hours, and that excluded the return trip. However, the 8-hour stuck-in-traffic situation was well worth it because a) I got lots of reading time and b) I met a group of really nice travel buddies consisting of a Canadian lady, a Japanese couple, and two French girls. We're all stuck in the van but we're a happy bunch getting to know one another and exchanging stories. I hope to share more about my Vietnam adventure in upcoming posts!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

When: 29 April 2017

I'll be off to Vietnam tomorrow so this time I'll be doing the Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon there. I haven't quite decided on the books I want to read for this Readathon but I do have in mind to continue with the two books I'm currently reading. I'll also be tweeting about it.

Currently Reading (all Kindle editions because I'm traveling light!)

  1. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness (79% completed)
  2. The Long Ships, by Frans G. Bengtsson (24% completed)

I've also decided on the music that will be accompanying me in this reading journey.

And created for myself a Spotify playlist. I'm a Premium subscriber.

Before I go, do check out Twenty-Four or One, There's No Wrong Way to Readathon if you're curious about how it's done. HAPPY READING!

Update @ 19 May 2017:  The aforementioned playlist no longer exists as my Spotify Premium account had to be deleted because I have deleted my Facebook account, and I have since created a new premium account that does not connect through Facebook.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Books, books, and more books! Things I do in my spare time

I found this on the Internet today and loved it! What do you do in your spare time?

I used to review books a lot a few years ago but not anymore. These days I write notes instead. I did a book rearranging exercise last year in December, both in Kindle and my physical bookshelves. I still research and buy books A LOT, but this somehow has been reduced by a bit because of my library membership in Singapore in 2015 when I relocated to Singapore for work. I've just renewed my membership last year! Am totally enjoying my second year with the NLB.

People often ask where I buy my books. In this post way back in 2009, I talked about where I find my book bargains. My usual (online) fix is,, and BookXcess. And of course, I still pop by into a physical bookstore to smell books and buy one or two urgent reads...

Friday, April 21, 2017

My Swedish Language Study Progress on Obtained My Certificate on "Beginner's Course 1" (And More...)

I've reached another milestone in my Swedish studies! I've completed "First Words and Sentences" today and "Beginner's Course 1" along with "Pronunciation" a while ago. I'm happy to share my certificates below. My latest score is 6,253. I'm aiming to complete "Beginner's Course 2" within the coming weeks.

I completed this course today.
I completed this course in January this year.
I completed this course in October 2016.

My other Swedish learning materials are Duolingo, SwedishPod.101, various books, and my beloved Simon's Cat Notebook. You can also check out my foreign language learning "formula" here. Now, back to my studies!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Routledge Colloquial Swedish

 Colloquial Swedish

I'm really enjoying my Swedish language studies with this book. The book cover you see in this post is not the one I'm using for my study. I bought mine used at (ISBN: 978415028035, 1990).

I appreciated the practical tips for learners where the book progressively outlined step-by-step on pronunciation such as "some final consonants are dropped" so words such as "vad" is "va," "det" is "de," "är" becomes "e," and "och" becomes "å". It then goes on to give an example of how that would sound like in a sentence: "Det är en smörgås." (pron. Deensmörrgåss for "It is a sandwich.").

So far, I've attempted all the exercises in Lektion Ett (Lesson One). They looked simple but there's power in simplicity! For example, translate into Swedish: Is it a pear? What is it? Has she got an apple? OR make these statements into yes/no questions: De studerar. Hon kommer. Ni har ett päron. These drills or exercises reinforces the patterns and structure; for example, short answers is constructed in this form: Ja/Nej, det + verb + subject pronoun (+ negative), so "Yes, it is" is "Ja, det är det." OR in the negative form  "Ja, det är det inte."

I'll definitely continue to use Colloquial Swedish in conjunction with all my other materials for Swedish such as Babbel, Duolingo, SwedishPod.101, and my beloved Simon's Cat Notebook. Now, back to my studies!