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Re: Daily exercise

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Friday, August 13, 2004, 17:58
Herman Miller wrote:
> Jeffrey Henning wrote: > >> I find with these types of resolutions that it's best to resolve for a >> weekly or even monthly goal (7 sentences a week; 30 sentences a month). >> Because with everything else going on in Real Life it is too hard to >> keep a >> daily commitment. > > > That's probably a good idea. Back when I was developing Tirelat, I was > trying to create 8 words a day, which doesn't sound like much. But it's > easy to skip a day or two, and after a while of that, I just stopped > doing it. Translating a single sentence might require a similar number > of new words (my latest one needed 7 new words, or 11 new morphemes), > but you also need to figure out the rules of grammar as you go. So maybe > 6 sentences a week would be a good goal. I could do those all on > Saturday if I end up being too busy all week.... > > I'd need to mark the start of each week, but that's easy enough.
Recently I resolved to translate three sentences of a folk-tale into Mærik every day. I would only have to make up the grammar and polish the vocabulary, since the raw material of the vocabulary has been auto- generated. Easy? Duh! I've in fact managed about three sentences a week -- partly because of shortage of time to do conlanging at all, but also because I keep changing the syntax and have to go back to work over the already translated sentences. Also I in fact have to make a double translation, since I translate the Swedish text into English as I go (that's the easy part, since I do translation between English and Swedish for a living ;). Hopefully and probably it is going to go faster as the translation progresses, due to the syntax settling down. -- /BP 8^) -- B.Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)


Herman Miller <hmiller@...>