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by CountryBoy
Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 6622

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

GULP!!!

Thanks for the heads up.
by CountryBoy
Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 6622

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

I thought automatic updates provided me with antivirus info for my machine, among other things.
by CountryBoy
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 6622

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

Many thanks to all.

Sounds as if the GWX Control Panel is the way to go.
by CountryBoy
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 6622

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

Turn off auto windows update.

Well that is one solution, but all I want is to block the Windows 10 update. Many of the other updates i want.
by CountryBoy
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 6622

How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

Any experienced people who can explain how I can block MS from loading Windows 10 on to my Windows 7 desk top machine? My understanding is that they are now forcing it on people.

Is GWX Control Panel the best answer?

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

If there are people who are learning French and would like to share experiences in the journey, please do PM me. I think there is a lot to be gained from sharing of info re the best resources, best methods(for each person) for learning, and much more. One person from this thread has already agreed t...
by CountryBoy
Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

My French language level is A1 with hopes of B1 by end of 2016 and C2 by my time of death. That is for just one language and that is being optimistic. Are you folks aware of the language learning arena? People in it look to collect languages the way some hunters collect trophies and the more and soo...
by CountryBoy
Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Learning a second language is exactly about perseverance and enduring frustration which even the talented cannot escape. There's no way around that. You can succeed if you decide that you will never quit. But that's a big "if."

Thank you.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

RE: Postby M_to_the_G » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:36 pm Thanks for your very comprehensive response; greatly appreciated. It is especially appreciated since I am retired and at the starting line of learning the French language(after 3 yrs. in high school) and I believe misplaced expectations can be very cr...
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

1-

In college in the 60s I always thought that
Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.
would be a fantastic place to go and learn.

2-
For flash cards:

www.cram.com

3-
Many people like

www.memrise.com

4-
Happy New Year!!!
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

most important thing to remember is that it takes 5 years to reach "fluency".


I totally respect your patience, perseverance, and self-discipline. A hard act to follow but I will try.
by CountryBoy
Sat Dec 26, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Has anyone ever taken any CEFR or CEF test? Many language learners do so to test proficiency. They seem to me good signposts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Eu ... _Languages
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 25, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Am very grateful for everyone's feedback. Herewith a suggestion for people learning a second language and the vocabulary thereof......build a spreadsheet in something like Excel. I know that sounds strange on first hearing but if you think about it the idea is very useful. I simply don't get the s/w...
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Sounds like good advice.
Have to go out and get a camera for my PC so I can Skype.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Many thanks to the people who suggested Fluent in 3 Months. A fantastic book and so grateful I read it. Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Just curious if anyone thought to use Anki? It seems the rage right now.
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

OK, I just ordered it from the library.

Have you or someone you know read it?
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Ah yes, the dictee. I grew up with it in school. I wonder if Alliance Francais will use it when we go in the spring.
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Your short term and long term goals sound excellent. The problem of quantifying goals and time frames is a very challenging problem with language. As a footnote to language learning, people may be interested in this article: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/07/teach-yourself-italian I belie...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Re: Rayandron and SMART I think this might be what you were referring to. I am not sure how to "quantify" when it comes to language learning but I guess there is some way..... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria#Developing_SMART_goals Specific The criterion stresses the need for a...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

MoonOrb

What signposts have you set for yourself along the way of this long journey? Have you quantified end results by certain points of time.

For myself, I think it could be totally valid to have it as a life long journey.
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

No I am not advanced in my language studies; that is what I am trying to communicate. Most of those words are cognates....However, the verb tenses, the colloquial usage, and the pronunciation are areas where I need considerable work. At the moment, my daily study plan is: vocabulary-45 min. reading-...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Most grateful for people continuing with this thread and getting down to the detail level. Re vocabulary lists: I downloaded one list of the 10,000 most frequently used words and found that I knew all but about 75 of them. I believe there are a lot of different lists out there. I believe the French ...
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

I had no idea about any of the comic books:

http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/top10.htm

I won't even ask the price which is probably astronomical; but they look great.
by CountryBoy
Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

graphic novels in French?
by CountryBoy
Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Wow, comic books, I never heard of that! :oops:
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Just curious if anyone has ever attended

http://www.alliancefr.org/en

anywhere in the world.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Setting goals in language learning is not an easy thing. One can set up a daily sched of say: Vocabulary 45 min Listening 10 min Reading 10 min Grammar 45 min But in setting up any long term goal of learning a language it is hard to do. How does one quantify your ultimate goal? To be fluent? Most pe...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Many thanks for your in-depth review. Yes, I am already using those websites and make it a constant practice to keep a radio or tv stn in the bkgd going at certain times 'to soften up my ears.' I live one hour north of NYC. There are no real groups for speaking French other than the wkshops that All...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Heads up for those learning French: this guy is Good- Frederick- https://www.talkinfrench.com/ He doesn't just deal with punctuation, grammar, vocab, pronunciation,.etc.; rather he helps you with bldg. a study plan and how to specifically go about learning the language. And has lots of stuff to down...
by CountryBoy
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

MoonOrb

Congratulations on your excellent self-discipline and perseverance.

I am building a learning strategy/study program now and your suggestions are very helpful.

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Thanks to peterinjapan and all.

I guess I need to find a penpal/skype person to work with and to share English with.
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

sawhorse

Well my wife and I are doing a French class at night with a beautifully speaking Parisian who can not teach but means well and........none of the 5 colleges in the area offer French as a class for people doing continuing ed. Such is life... :happy
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Finding a partner is essential but I think something like this is also:

https://www.talkinfrench.com/20-day-gui ... nch-habit/
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

nolapepper Yes, I agree that is why I work with Lang-8 to find people with whom to work. However it is not an easy process to set up a relationship where I show them english and they show me french. The Lang-8 is good for helping me with this; I just did not know if there were other websites to help...
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

Re: How to learn a second language

Postby daveatca » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:12 pm http://www.afusa.org/index.php Yes, we will be starting at Alliance Française in March but have been taking night school French for warm up. Check this out for Alliance Française. The following is what they want from you to be able to do for a written and...
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 9801

How to learn a second language

My wife and I are retired and enjoy learning French. We have had 3 years of high school French but that was long ago. The internet offers great resources like Skype, Lang-8, iTalki and much more. But as I see it I need to focus on the following tasks and am curious where people put their most emphas...
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless phone batteries
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Re: Cordless phone batteries

The difference is just more or less.


Thank you; I had no idea what it designated.
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless phone batteries
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Re: Cordless phone batteries

FrugalInvestor

Many thanks for the comprehensive reply; it was a tough question to answer and few would be able to handle it.

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless phone batteries
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Re: Cordless phone batteries

Many thanks; I will take your advice. But on another topic, seriously, when does one individual know when or at what point one is "overthinking it." Topics like tv, car, and electronic items seem to just go on as do topics like global warming, etc. When does one draw the line and say enough?
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless phone batteries
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Re: Cordless phone batteries

A respectful question if I may; seriously; which one of you gentlemen am I to believe and why?

You are certainly more knowledgeable but which strategy do I choose? The Radio Shack guy says if I leave it in the charger it will burn out sooner.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless phone batteries
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Re: Cordless phone batteries

How do I determine how many days it will last? Maybe if he says put it on the charger each night, I will do that.
by CountryBoy
Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cordless phone batteries
Replies: 18
Views: 887

Cordless phone batteries

My Panasonic 900 Mz Cordless phone needed a GE/Sanyo battery replacement after 6 yrs. I went down to Radio Shack and bought a replacement. The sales guy pointed out that I needed to take the phone off the charger during the day and to put it on at night. But with the other one I always left it in th...
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best TV to buy
Replies: 96
Views: 10345

Re: Best TV to buy

Everyone has their own tastes when it comes to tvs (or ice cream) but my cable guy was here and I asked him which brand. He said he used to work for Costco before Cablevision and that now all the major tvs inner workings are made in the same place in China. That Sony slaps on a fancy and expensive c...
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV Problem
Replies: 31
Views: 5052

Re: TV Problem

OK, the cable guy was here and he reset the wires and tested and he said it was the TV. So looks like a new tv.

Strange that the lines only appear on some channels and not others.
by CountryBoy
Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Printer
Replies: 28
Views: 2725

Re: New Printer

Note to post above: YMMV, I avoid 4-in-1s with fax like the plague: have seen both parent and spouse befuddled by hugely more complex controls for fax. None of us has sent or received faxes for years. I've spent hours repeatedly walking my elderly parent through his fax/printer controls, was overjo...
by CountryBoy
Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Printer
Replies: 28
Views: 2725

Re: New Printer

I strongly suggest Samsung Printer C460 xpress color", it does fax, color, copy, and print. Have had this for about 7 months and find it very reliable. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dcomputers&field-keywords=Samsung+Printer+C460+xpress+color&rh=n%3A541966%2Ck%...
by CountryBoy
Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV Problem
Replies: 31
Views: 5052

Re: TV Problem

The Cablevision guy comes tomorrow to check out the tv.
If the problem is not on every channel then maybe it is a broadcast problem. It is however a problem on 95% of the channels.
Stay tuned...........................
by CountryBoy
Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best TV to buy
Replies: 96
Views: 10345

Re: Best TV to buy

4 Stars CNET EDITORS' RATING 4.5 Stars 2 USER REVIEWS THE GOOD The Vizio M series is one of the least-expensive 4K TVs you can buy. Its picture quality, thanks to full-array local dimming, delivers deep black levels and excellent contrast for an LCD TV. Color accuracy and some aspects of video proc...
by CountryBoy
Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best TV to buy
Replies: 96
Views: 10345

Re: Best TV to buy

Many thanks.

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