I've had my second Spanish class today. I'm in a group with two
girls who're way ahead of me: they follow some Spanish soap-series on
TV, which poses an unfair advantage and I look like the dummest guy
around :) Perhaps it's time that I buy a TV again?
I first planned to find some material on the web. So I found a
couple of web sites which feature free Spanish lessons, such as
Online Spanish Tutorial,
Learn Spanish and
Yet, first thing I noticed is that Spanish is much more similar to
Serbian in terms of grammar than either of these two to English. So,
I decided that it was a waste of time to use English as intermediate
language. Accidentally, I ran into 3-month course organized by
Belgrade Student Union (Savez
studenata Beograda), so I registered.
I'm somewhat in a new territory, since the course is not as
systematic as I would expect (I'm studying mathematics, so I probably
expect too much :)—we have not yet been introduced any of the
grammar rules, but I can already see some patterns.
So, by next 6UADEC, I'll be
writing novels and poems en Español—yeah, sure :)
Free Software: Focus on Serbia
I know very little people from Belgrade who actually care about free software
(instead, there're some who care about open-source, as in "good way to
profit using else's work", "technical advantages" [I don't actually
believe in them a priori] or "Linux RU13Z" style).
I suppose this show-off and compete attitude doesn't leave
room for ideas such as "help your neighbour" or "share with
OTOH, there're some people who've started the Free Software Network, and
they're—interestingly—not from Belgrade (well, most of them study in
They work on a whole lot of stuff, like actually writing
documentation in Serbian, doing some web-based support, and
organizing and helping with minor local gatherings.
They're also planning to do a Serbian free software magazine, and
work is already being done on that. Like probably many others in
Gnome community, I just found out about Free Software Magazine
It seems it should be possible to make use of their experiences
there, and especially, make use of their technical
achievements. One of the leaders of FSN Serbia (Ivan) is a big fan of
Gnome, so I expect Gnome to be the best-covered desktop in the magazine. :)
Anyway, lets hope this takes off! Any tips from other local groups