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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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Once You Speak French, You Will Be Able to Use a Lot More of Assimil's Products for Other Languages

French, Books, Multimedia

Some people whose opinion I respect really like Assimil, a French company offering multimedia programs with different language bases. For example, there are English-based programs designed for English speakers learning other languages, and French-based programs designed for French speakers learning…

Just a Few of Your Many, Many Memrise Language Choices!

4-5 Arabic, Apps, Audio Lessons, Flashcards, Multimedia, Vocabulary, Websites, Kids

I am now a hard-core Memrise addict. It is all over for me, but stop reading here and you could be saved from a similar fate. Still reading? Beware, compulsive types! If you try this website—which is free, making…

For Culture and Networking

Portuguese, Museums/Cultural, Organizations, Social

The Portuguese Circle, according to its website, “is a group of Portuguese living in New York City, whose objective is to promote Portugal and its culture.” Since 2007 they have been organizing cultural, social, and gastronomic events. The group’s biggest…

See Their Website for Information on Upcoming Events

Japanese, Museums/Cultural, Classes/Conversation, Kids

Tenri’s mission is to “promote the study of Japanese language and the appreciation of international art forms.” Located in Greenwich Village, it offers classes, exhibits, and performing-arts events.

Schaller & Weber Storefront

5 German, Food and Drink

You can find hard-core German food products at this longstanding family-owned Yorkville store, resident on 86th and Second Avenue since 1937.  Schaller & Weber’s website says they are “masters of charcuterie.” I had to go look up “charcuterie.”…

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