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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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A Lovely Home for French

5 French, Museums/Cultural, Conferences/Lectures

Founded in 1913, the Maison Française has had several homes, but now resides in Buell Hall on Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus. It is a center for all things French: lectures, conferences, movies, seminars, salons, exhibits, a book…

Koryo Books, Located in Koreatown

4-5 Korean, Bookstores/Libraries

Koryo Books is located in the Manhattan mini-neighborhood of Koreatown. I went there in 2010 and found a book to help me learn the Korean alphabet. It was a good thing, too; I had reached dead ends in both of the…

Heidelberg Restaurant

4 German, Food and Drink

This German restaurant and bar, located on Second Avenue near 86th Street, is in Yorkville on the East Side. Yorkville at one time was heavily populated with German immigrants. I went during off hours, sat at the bar, and…

I Love(d) These

5 Spanish, Flashcards, Vocabulary

I am a huge fan of flashcards, and this box of 1,000 cards is great. You can take a handful in your purse on the subway or to your doctor’s office or wherever, or study while you are waiting in…

Israeli TV on the Web!

Hebrew, Radio/TV/Video/Film, Websites

It is a fact that many people in this country watch too much television, but you can turn a bad habit into a good one by using TV to accumulate foreign-language skills. These suggestions for free Israeli TV online came…

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