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February 2, 2016

Grammar Books for Protection?

In which an Arabic verb book may possibly have protected me from a crazy person.

Today in New York I got into a verbal altercation with a woman at a cafe who refused to move her belongings off an adjacent seat so that I could sit down. (There were no other seats.) Here’s what…

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The Language Boards Here Are Hopping

General, Websites

This is an independent website for language-learning enthusiasts, whose author is the language-loving François Micheloud of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Some parts of the site could benefit from updates, but the forum here is rich with posts and…

Where the German Classes Take Place

4 German, Organizations, Classes/Conversation, Social, Kids

Yorkville historian Kathy Jolowicz founded this club in 1990, which, according to the website, is “keeping Yorkville/Kleindeutschland’s Heritage Alive.” Yorkville refers to a swathe of the Upper East Side once heavily populated with Germans, and Kleindeutschland

A Spanish Pronoun Exploration That Could Have Been More Effective

2-5 Spanish, Books

The idea of a book on Spanish pronouns is appealing, because English speakers have much to learn regarding how this part of speech operates in Spanish. Unfortunately, Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Pronouns Up Close by Eric Vogt…

Learn Italian with Paul Noble, from Collins

4 Italian, Audio Lessons

Paul Noble is an actual person, an English person, and quite young. He has a language school in England, and this Italian offering of his—via the UK publishing company Collins—seeks to replicate the experience of studying at his…

Lightweight and Highly Portable Practice in the Spanish Past Tense

3 Spanish, Books

A slim little volume, Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Past-Tense Verbs Up Close is part of the gargantuan Practice Makes Perfect series from McGraw-Hill. Book weight matters when you are walking around a lot! This…

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