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July 6, 2016

A Summer Linguabinge!

I am running from one language to the next, awakening slumbering friends.

I did not mean to abandon Pashto. I love Pashto. I merely put it on hold. More on that another time! In preparation for my talk on language-learning products at Polyglot Conference Thessaloniki 2016, I am now giddily regarding my language…

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Maps Available on the Brooklyn Arts Council's Website

Arabic, Neighborhoods

Through the Brooklyn Arts Council, you can enjoy occasional inexpensive tours of Arab neighborhoods in Brooklyn. They also post maps online, for Atlantic Avenue and Bay Ridge, should you prefer to tour on your own for…

A Box of Vocabulary: Better Than Chocolate!

5 German, Flashcards, Vocabulary

Some people are partial to electronic gadgets for their vocabulary-building needs, but in my mind there is nothing like good old-fashioned flashcards. SparkNotes offers great ones in several languages. Or rather, offered. While in the process of writing this review,…

It Says Easy, But It Didn't Work Out That Way For Me

2-5 Arabic, Books

I did not find Easy Arabic Grammar, by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, easy. I admit I had a brief spell of euphoric pleasure when I was reading the early pages, where I enjoyed an excellent and reassuring…

Little Brazil

Portuguese, Neighborhoods

Little Brazil in New York City is little. It lies on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, and there are on this particular block enough other languages/countries represented in the retail establishments that in the past, when walking…

The Oxford New Greek Dictionary: A Highly Portable Word Collection

Greek, Books, Dictionaries

In general I have loved the Oxford dictionaries I have used for other languages in this series. They are small and lightweight, and they have a great layout with generous interior margins, which means you don’t have to battle…

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