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March 8, 2015

Big Apple Greeter Preparation

I have to brush up on Italian, so I'm reading Assimil's Lo Svedese!

After a winter hiatus, I am back to doing weekly Big Apple Greeter visits. What that means is I take tourists around New York through the Big Apple Greeter volunteer program. The goal is to show visitors a slice of…

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Rocket Portuguese Premium: Free Trial Available

3-5 Portuguese, Multimedia

Rocket Languages—based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and with offices in Southern California—offers pleasant online, interactive programs for language study. I spent some time with Rocket Portuguese Premium and enjoyed it, though it did not become a love relationship. …

My Essential Dutch Grammar Started Out in One Piece...

3 Dutch, Books

It’s not as though there are hundreds of Dutch grammars out there for English speakers to choose from. There just aren’t all that many English speakers looking for grammar books on Dutch. So Essential Dutch Grammar: A…

Bollywood Music

5 General, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Neighborhoods

This is a fantastically polyglottal community in northwestern Queens. Take the subway to Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street and you will find yourself in possibly the most diverse community in the world.  You can hear massive amounts of Spanish along…

A Beautiful Central Park West Building

Portuguese, Religious

I don’t really know much about this building. I passed it and found it pretty, but I couldn’t get in the day I was there. According to the website: Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in…

Pimsleur Portuguese: Great for Developing Speaking Skills

5 Portuguese, Audio Lessons

I loved Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese. A Pimsleur lesson is a roughly 30-minute, highly interactive audio experience focusing on the development of oral skills, and there are a total of 90 lessons for Portuguese.  The pacing is good. I mention this…