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December 7, 2017

2017: Bad for Politics, Good for Pimsleur

The company has introduced more lessons for many languages, and I am happy.

Dear Pimsleur-loving friends, I have noticed new and newish additions to the Pimsleur audio-language-lesson inventory that I feel merit mention. Every time I look on the Pimsleur website, I see lessons that weren’t there before. I notice them right…

Wear and Tear Is a Sign of Affection

5 Italian,

This dictionary from Berkley Publishing Group was the perfect size and had the perfect binding and layout for my needs. As you can see from the photo, it got thoroughly thumbed—a sign of love. And usability! To clarify what…

This Is Before I Totally Beat It Up

4 Polish, Books

This Basic Polish book from Routledge says at the outset that it assumes no previous knowledge of Polish. Unlike many other language books, it sticks to that commitment. It begins at the beginning. I’m not going to…

Arabic Verb Tenses: A New Book in the Arabic Language-Learning Market

Arabic, Books

Practice Makes Perfect: Arabic Verb Tenses by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar didn’t exist when I studied Arabic. I would have tried it out if it had, since I was disappointed by a number of the…

Columbus Park, with Columbus Statue

3-5 Mandarin, Parks, Sports/Fitness, Kids

You might think Columbus Park is an odd name for a Chinatown park, but as one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods, this area has had many incarnations, and the park itself has had various names, among them Mulberry Bend…

Just a Few of Your Many, Many Memrise Language Choices!

4-5 Arabic, Apps, Audio Lessons, Flashcards, Multimedia, Vocabulary, Websites, Kids

I am now a hard-core Memrise addict. It is all over for me, but stop reading here and you could be saved from a similar fate. Still reading? Beware, compulsive types! If you try this website—which is free, making…

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