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March 8, 2015

Big Apple Greeter Preparation

I have to brush up on Italian, so I'm reading Assimil's Lo Svedese!

After a winter hiatus, I am back to doing weekly Big Apple Greeter visits. What that means is I take tourists around New York through the Big Apple Greeter volunteer program. The goal is to show visitors a slice of…

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A Pretty Spectacular Organization

5 Hebrew, Museums/Cultural, Religious, Sports/Fitness, Kids

The Jewish Community Center is very popular in my Upper West Side neighborhood. Since opening in 2002, it has offered a dazzling array of classes: on Hebrew, yoga, Israeli dance, krav maga, and many other subjects. They have a well-stocked, aesthetically…

You Can Roam the City with This

5 Dutch, Books

This is not a language book, but rather, a guide from the Museum of the City of New York that reveals the layers of the past lying beneath our New York present. Exploring Historic Dutch New York

A Slim and Elegant Volume of Irish Information

3 Irish, Books

This book, written by a teacher in Dublin and published in 2002, is described on its jacket as “a solid guide and starting point designed to help even those who as yet have little or no Irish find ways to learn…

Hochdeutsch Students, This Could Blow Your Mind!

5 German, Audio Lessons

Pimsleur, part of Simon & Schuster, offers 10 excellent roughly half-hour audio lessons for Swiss German, and I did all 10 of them in 24 hours. I absolutely do not recommend this approach—you are supposed to do one per day—but I…

Pretty Design, Okay Content

3-5 Dutch, Books

If I hadn’t had German helping me out (there are many similarities with Dutch), I think Basic Dutch: A Grammar and Workbook would have been too hard for me as a complete beginner. Because I did have…

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