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May 27, 2018

Spring Awakening

In which my thoughts turn to studying Chinese, Arabic, and Russian.

Last week I thought to myself, it would be cool to learn some Chinese characters right around now. Even though I spent a little time on Chinese some years back, I focused on spoken skills and pinyin and never learned…

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Spanish, Museums/Cultural, Kids

The mission of El Museo del Barrio is to “present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States.” In addition to its exhibitions, the museum offers festivals, special events, and bilingual…

The Entrance to the Mall Containing Fang Gourmet

3-5 Mandarin, Food and Drink, Shopping

At this Flushing shop you can buy fancy teas for all kinds of ailments, sit and drink tea at low tables with your friends, buy fancy tea sets, or (something I did) ask a lot of questions. The…

A Confidently Titled Italian Grammar

3 Italian, Books

I have mixed feelings about Barron’s Mastering Italian Grammar by Beatrice Rovere-Fenati. I find the grammar explanations responsible and thorough, but there are annoying popout bubbles that interrupt the larger grammatical narrative and brightly tell me…

Polish Verbs and Grammar Essentials with Latte

4-5 Polish, Books

This oddly titled book by Oscar E. Swan is thorough, well-written, and smart. I say oddly titled because, despite the appearance of the word “Verbs” in quite large letters on its cover, the book in fact begins with a chapter…

Their Flagship Publication Is Called 'Language'!

General, Organizations

Founded in 1924, the Linguistic Society of America seeks to advance the scientific study of language. The organization puts out various linguistics publications, has an annual meeting in early January that causes hundreds of linguists to converge on whatever city is…

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