TimTibbitts | 2014 October

October 2014

Just Getting Back Into It

25 Oct 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

This short post is essentially a practice run.  I’m just techno-phobic enough that all it took to get me to stop posting was to have my 20-something office assistant move on to greener pastures.  Time to grow up and figure out how to publish my own posts.  Also, I’m going to be trying to figure out how to expand and reorganize my website a bit (add a page for Novel #2, add and “Events” page, for example), so there may be some messy posts for a while.  But if I wait till I’m ready to do it perfectly before going…

Harry Potter in Portuguese!

25 Oct 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Learning Portuguese

Just finished Harry Potter 1–in Portuguese!  (Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal.)  It took me almost four months.  I’ll admit that–while my Portuguese is getting better all the time–knowing the story very well helped a great deal.  It would have taken me a lot longer to hack my way through if it were an unfamiliar text. I’ve done this before with French.  I guess HP1 has become my touchstone when I’m learning a new language, a benchmark of a certain level of proficiency.  Some insights from the experience: 1.  Reading is a great way to continue to encounter new vocabulary…