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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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On the Forgotten Colony...

5 Dutch, Books

This book’s subtitle is “The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan & the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America.”  The author starts out talking about the New Netherland Project and its director, Charles Gehring, a scholar who “received…

A Yiddish Vocabulary Test on Quizlet

3-5 General, Yiddish, Flashcards, Tests, Vocabulary, Websites, Kids

Yiddish is not the easiest language in the world for which to find free study materials online. So far, despite some drawbacks, Quizlet has been my favorite Yiddish-vocabulary-practice source and is something I keep finding myself playing around with in…

Promoting Polylingualism

General, Books

“Monolingualism is curable,” declares this website, which offers information and tools for taking advantage of languages you already know in order to understand closely related languages.  EuroComRom provides interesting details on the interrelationship among European languages. The site is…

Complete Arabic Grammar: An Overview of Arabic, Supposedly Forthcoming

Arabic, Books

I have been trying to figure out what became of the book Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Arabic Grammar by Ali Almakhlafi, which was supposed to be published in 2014 but to the best of my knowledge has never…

Lots of German Words in Here

3-5 German, Books, Vocabulary

Practice Makes Perfect: German Vocabulary by Ed Swick is divided up into chapters such as “Animals,” “Holidays,” “Farms and gardens,” and “The human body.” It balances explanations, word lists, and examples with exercises. While it is too advanced…

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