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Learning Persian
September 18, 2014

Yep, I’m an Idiot

In which my technological oblivion kicks me in the ass.

Tonight after months of frustration at the lack of sound in Persian courses on Memrise, I went to the Memrise Madness group on Facebook and expressed my disappointment over my soundless learning experience. George Muresan, a dedicated language learner and…

The Hindi Section of LanguageReef

Hindi, Websites, Kids

The LanguageReef website offers resources to help Indian emigrants teach their children the alphabets and scripts of Hindi and other Indian languages. Its home page begins quite movingly: You are out of your country. You want to teach your children…

Portuguese Vocabulary Cards from Visual Education, with MetroCard for Scale

4 Portuguese, Flashcards, Vocabulary

This set of 1,000 vocabulary cards emphasizes Brazilian Portuguese, but their publisher, Visual Education, says they are still good for those studying the Portuguese of Portugal. Visual Education makes their flashcards weirdly small: just 3 1/2” x 1 1/2”. That is much smaller than…

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…

Hispanic Society of America

4 Spanish, Neighborhoods

Spanish is everywhere in Washington Heights. Located in the northern end of Manhattan, the neighborhood has 155th Street as its southern border and Dyckman Street as its northern.  The Hispanic Society of America is at Audubon Terrace at 155th…

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…

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