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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…

Greek VocabuLearn for Sale on Amazon.com

3-5 Greek, Audio Lessons, Vocabulary

VocabuLearn Greek consists of a series of vocabulary audio lessons—very basic, pretty boring, but totally useful if you pay attention. It is no longer being published, as Penton Overseas ceased production of all VocabuLearn products during the global economic…

On Second Avenue, Evidence of Little Germany Remains

4 German, Neighborhoods

In the 1870s, Little Germany, or Kleindeutschland, ranged from Division Street on its southern end (Division is just below Canal Street) to 14th Street on the north, and from the Bowery on the west to Avenue D on the east.…

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…

There Are So Many Spanish Meetup Groups in the U.S. You Can Hardly See the Map!

Spanish, Classes/Conversation, Social

Yeah, you could go to a Meetup group for Spanish. Alternatively, in various parts of the country, you could simply walk outside your building or down the block. Spanish is so common in New York that I guess I personally…

Your First 100 Words in Greek: Kind of Fun, But Not Very Effective

3 Greek, Books, Flashcards, Vocabulary

Your First 100 Words in Greek by Ioanna Psalti helps you develop basic vocabulary and a familiarity with Greek script. The vocabulary is divided into various thematic categories, such as animals, clothing, household items, etc.—helpful stuff…

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