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  1. And I am still finishing the ones from 2019!
  2. The local store is out of toiletbowl cleaner, as is Target online.
  3. But I think you would agree that it is good to know what the follow-up expectations are if you use it?
  4. Here ya go: What to do if you get an exposure notice Link
  5. I am having the same thought experiment, Quill. I did look at the .gov site last night, and I think it addressed what one should do if one gets a ping, but I can’t remember right now what it said. I’ll see if I can find it again. What will happen to me if I turn it on? I would not get a false sense of security. No way. The people who go maskless and flaunt health guidelines won’t even consider turning it on. If it used location services, I think I would be pinged constantly. I live in an urban setting. I don’t need daily false alarms because someone outside stood still for 1
  6. I've been playing around with Norwegian, and there are more learning materials available for Norwegian than Danish. The populations are roughly the same (5 million). Norwegian is more popular or has better marketing...or something. Maybe because it is more phonetic, idk. But unless I can find a way to order Norwegian books, I'm not sure how much time I am going to invest in Norwegian right now. @wintermomDo you have a source for buying Norwegian books online?
  7. cintinative, I moved your post over here to the November thread. Sorry for the delay, but I just now saw it in the October thread. @Matryoshka Just in case you ever want to learn Danish: udtale.de is a newly launched site for German speakers to learn Danish pronunciation. I saw it on Sproget.dk, which is a Danish language geek site.
  8. @Violet Crown I hope that things are ok with you, and that you just feel the need to move on. I hope that nothing happened on the WTM forums that made it an unpleasant space for you. I hope you know that you have friends here, and that you will be deeply missed. I even selfishly dare to hope that you will change your mind, or feel inclined to return to this thread at some later point. I learn a lot from you and enjoy your presence. Many thanks for not just disappearing.
  9. I have two book reviews to add. I finished both of these last week: The Icelandic novel (2011) Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson was excellent. Now I know that it is the first of a trilogy. I will definitely plan to read on. The writing was A++. Bonus points that it fits both my around-the-world challenge and my Non-Tropical Islands category. Set in a remote part of Western Iceland in the late 1800s, life is hard, dangerous, and ruled by fishing. At times, the novel was very bleak and somewhat the Icelandic version of life-sucks-and-then-you-die. But it doesn't sink into desp
  10. I will have to finish Dracula first. I read multiple books at once, but I can't do two fantasy novels at once. Dracula is taking me longer than I thought it would. It doesn't help that I am reading Norton's annotated edition, which I have mixed feelings about. I really enjoy the sidebars about things like the history of blood transfusions and explanatory notes about archaic terms. I despise what the editor did by creating "gentle fiction" wherein he pretends that the story is true. I'm ignoring almost all notes now anyway, otherwise I'll never finish the book!
  11. @Violet CrownI hope things smooth out for you. @mumto2 Maybe I missed it, but did you comment on Piranesi? I see from Goodreads that you abandoned it. I just picked it up from the library, and am not sure that I really want to read it right now. I haven't heard any high praise for it yet. It is short, so I don't need to overthink it. But of course I do so anyway 🙂
  12. I'm glad that trick or treating was a success for him 🙂
  13. New thread for November 🙂 Learning Foreign Languages Thread - November
  14. I've loved reading about your language learning adventures. During the second half of October, I got behind on nearly everything. I am enrolled in a Latin class, and have struggled to catch up. And it reminds me of getting behind in math. Everyone else has moved on, and catching up is dreadful. Ugh. The good news is that this is just a for-fun class and the only pressure is what I put on myself. I'm continuing on with Danish and Dutch, and plan to give Norwegian some attention in November.
  15. New month, new thread 🙂 October's Thread is here.
  16. @MatryoshkaYes, that is likely the cover you had as a child. You and I are roughly the same age, and that is the cover I remembered. That photo is of a copy I bought off ebay a few years ago. Hugs to everyone dealing with and/or having close calls with illness.
  17. Happy Halloween 🙂 The Witch Family is one of my favorite books ever. At the moment, I am reading Dracula for the first time.
  18. I used to tolerate people who only posted occasional distasteful (to me) political opinions, but no more. One post in that direction and I unfollow. It no longer feels like just politics but rather a completely different worldview. Hardly anybody writes anything anymore anyway. They just share what other people wrote. I might be interested in what they had to say, but I am not interested in their memes. I also decided to mostly take my politics elsewhere. I still don’t like FB but it is better for me now. I have some groups there that are important to me. Otherwise I would only drop i
  19. Congrats @Junie! I don’t know Puppy Patrol but I can’t think of a more adorable name for a series.
  20. Ooh, I really need to start watching The Crown, now that I see that Helena Bonham Carter is in it. I love her work.
  21. I’ve not been there for ages. They had shut down at one point, if I recall correctly. I’ll have to give it a revisit -thanks.
  22. What I really want is someone to correct my Danish writing. I have no trouble finding people to talk with, but even paid tutors for writing are hard to come by. Saying this out loud to hold myself accountable: I am very embarrassed by my level of Danish writing. I have plenty of ideas how to improve it, but never follow through. And why do I have this mental block? As a lover of the written word, I detest appearing illiterate, and feel ashamed. With speaking, my mistakes disappear into the ether. And Danish is so famously mumbly that it is easy for me to just shrug off verbal mistake
  23. I have a new idea for free conversation practice to share. Take a look at Meetup. Now that nearly everything is virtual everywhere, Meetups are no longer limited to our location. I belong to a Scandinavian Language Meetup group that went dormant when the pandemic hit, but we just had our first virtual meeting and we went into breakout rooms (Danish, Norwegian, etc.). @wintermom PM me if you want the info. I have a different group that I want to try out for Dutch but have not yet been able to participate. They say they host 20+ languages. Both Chinese ( Mandarin and Cantonese) and Portugue
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