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July 3, 2014 | Persian
Learning Persian

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…

June 29, 2014 | Persian

More Persian Books!

I am simultaneously studying a book for kids and a book for grownups.

Now that the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin is over, I am full swing back into Persian. Besides redoing the Pimsleur Persian lessons (I had to; my head is a sieve), I am reading an oldie but goodie from 1953: Ann Lambton’…

June 22, 2014 | Persian

2014 Polyglot Gathering in Berlin: A Brief Memoir

Looking back to reflect on the happenings of...a few days ago.

I am in Germany, in Berlin, and I can’t get out! My plane back to New York had a technical problem. “Technical problem,” in my experience, can mean many things, many of those many things not actually technical at…

June 3, 2014 | Persian

Now an Official Big Apple Greeter!

I am going to greet visitors to New York City, preferably ones who do not speak any English.

Today I went to my orientation session to be a Big Apple Greeter. As a Big Apple Greeter, my (volunteer) job will be to greet visitors to New York City and show them how a New Yorker lives. For example,…

June 2, 2014 | Persian

Balancing Act

I'm trying to figure out how to study Persian while reviewing other languages.

I’m going to Germany in less than two weeks for Polyglot Gathering Berlin 2014. While there, I would like my German not to be totally lame. I have not been using it, and it is rusty. Everything is constantly rusting,…

May 24, 2014 | Persian

I Love Assimil for Persian!

Now studying Persian via German, French, and English.

A few days ago I began Assimil’s Le Persan, and it is going great. What a carefully put together book. It has wit, it has scrupulous editing, it has excellent pacing. My Persian Book from Assimil; CDs…

May 18, 2014 | Persian

Persisch: More Persian Learning in German

Now I have figured out how to use Memrise better.

The past three days I have worked more on my new Persisch für Anfänger book. More important, I have finally left (some of) my technological ignorance behind and discovered the miracle of foreign keyboards on…

May 15, 2014 | Persian

Linguistic Hedonism

This entry could alternatively be titled "Hedonistic Linguistics"...

If you can’t find the route to pleasure in language-learning, you are doomed. Unless you are a masochist and enjoy perma-suffering. I do not. For me, if language-learning is not fun, it’s just not happening. Started a New…

May 11, 2014 | Persian

Memrise for Persian: A Wee Bit Frustrating

A Persian progress report.

I have previously been addicted to Memrise for Arabic. It was serious: I loved Memrise for Arabic. So far I do not love it for Persian. Hiking in Central Park: It’s Pimsleur Walking Season! In case you are unfamiliar…

May 5, 2014 | Persian

Proceeding with Persian!

Enough of this review period. Time for another language.

I wasn’t expecting to begin a new language until maybe mid-June, as I have a backlog of products to review, but suddenly I just couldn’t take it anymore! I needed to try out another language. The short list…