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July 3, 2014

Five-Year Anniversary!

I began this project just over five years ago. It was supposed to last less than a year.

Yesterday my husband, Brandt, and I got on our building’s elevator with a neighbor who was carrying a small rectangular bag over her shoulder. Much Love to Brandt, Who Has Never Once Complained About My Taking Pimsleur Lessons to…

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A Confidently Titled Italian Grammar

3 Italian, Books

I have mixed feelings about Barron’s Mastering Italian Grammar by Beatrice Rovere-Fenati. I find the grammar explanations responsible and thorough, but there are annoying popout bubbles that interrupt the larger grammatical narrative and brightly tell me…

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

Mr. Tammet, Whose Ability Inspires Awe

5 General, Radio/TV/Video/Film

Click here to see an incredible video about Daniel Tammet, a language savant who learned Icelandic in a week.  Yes. A week. That is insane. Mr. Tammet is a writer and linguist with what is known as high-functioning autistic…

Screen Shot, Rocket French

French, Multimedia

Headquartered in New Zealand, Rocket Languages offers products for multiple languages. I didn’t use Rocket French enough, or recently enough, to rate it, but I liked my brief encounter with it in April 2011 well enough to consider trying…

Pocket Korean Dictionary: A Slim Volume of Words

Korean, Books, Dictionaries

I bought the Pocket Korean Dictionary for my Korean studies. I confess I didn’t use it, but it wasn’t the dictionary’s fault. I was preoccupied trying to make it through my Pimsleur Korean …

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