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July 30, 2017

Cool Croatian

I still manage to use language on a daily basis! But I am distracted from my studies by the American political situation.

Tonight I walked seven miles with Pimsleur in the park, for the first time in a while. I did five and a half Croatian lessons and loved them. Fireflies, my favorite bugs of all time, floated and flitted with me. …

Beginner's Chinese: A Friendly Introduction

4 Mandarin, Books, Multimedia

This book by Yong Ho is for beginners, but I decided I needed to do a bunch of Pimsleur Chinese audio lessons first, before starting it, and I’m glad I did. Despite its inviting name, Beginner’s…

Pocket German Dictionary with Pencil for Scale

3-5 German, Books, Dictionaries

This is a really, really tiny dictionary, and the font is really, really tiny, too. If you have bad vision, I can’t recommend it.  But if you have bionic eyes, go for it! Random House Webster…

Visual Education's Arabic Vocabulary Cards

2-5 Arabic, Flashcards, Vocabulary

This product from Visual Education includes 1,000 vocabulary cards, each of which contains an Arabic word, and sometimes additional related words. I used them back in 2009 when I was studying Arabic, and was mystified by some of the choices made in…

German Grammar Drills: Not the Most Grammar Fun I've Ever Had

3 German, Books

German Grammar Drills by Ed Swick does indeed provide the drills that its title promises, but the exercises could be better at developing skills and encouraging retention. There is just too much mindless repetition. For example,…

Mr. Tammet, Whose Ability Inspires Awe

5 General, Radio/TV/Video/Film

Click here to see an incredible video about Daniel Tammet, a language savant who learned Icelandic in a week.  Yes. A week. That is insane. Mr. Tammet is a writer and linguist with what is known as high-functioning autistic…