Adventures in urban language-learning

March 31, 2014 | Review Period
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Memrise Binge

What has (so far) befallen my Pimsleur Diet.

My grand intentions in my last blog entry have not quite been realized, and for that I blame Memrise, which continues to entice me late at night to binge on all kinds of languages. The situation is a bit out…

March 11, 2014 | Review Period

The Pimsleur Diet

A plan to tour some languages and lose the winter pounds.

I have gained about 12 pounds over the past year, the majority of them during this unusually cold, precipitation-filled winter. This is not an acceptable development for me, and I am running out of zippable pants. Leggings keep working because they…

February 26, 2014 | Review Period

I Write With My Feet!

On lifelong language habits I have had.

When I learned to type at 13, for a long, long time I used to fake-type sentences as I heard them, moving my fingers slightly as if I was sitting at a keyboard.  I would try to type as fast…

February 10, 2014 | Review Period

Studying on Snow Days

This winter has impinged on my outdoor Pimsleur running.

It has been so cold this winter. Snow, slush, sleet, bitter winds, falling icicles, etc. I have been feeling kind of wimpy about the great outdoors, which is where I get a lot of my pimsling (i.e., the doing…

January 28, 2014 | Review Period

Lumosity Aversion

I don't want my brain trained!

When I am online, I am constantly greeted by ads for a website called Lumosity. It’s annoying. Lumosity supposedly trains your brain so you can function better. Brain Training? Ow. This is from their website: “At Lumos Labs,…

January 17, 2014 | Review Period

At Barnes & Noble, Union Square

I can't pass a bookstore without checking out its language shelves.

Whenever I pass a bookstore and have a couple of minutes to spare, I go inside and see what they have in their language section. It’s one of the best ways to find products that might not have turned…

January 14, 2014 | Review Period

Study Aspirations for 2014

An array of language temptations derail well-laid plans.

According to the 2014 schedule I put up on this website a few months back, I am supposed to be taking a closer look at English right now. The plan was to review a bunch of ESL/EFL materials for non-native…

January 10, 2014 | Review Period

The World’s Most Multilingual Book?

A good gift for the polyglot in your life.

For Christmas this past December I received a book. This is not an unusual occurrence in my family. Many books have exchanged hands between relatives over the years, something that has long been a source of pleasure in my life.…

January 2, 2014 | Review Period

Language-Learning 2014: A Preview

New releases I am excited about.

I love looking at the websites of publishers and booksellers to see what language products will be coming out in the near future. It definitely gets my heart rate up. Below are some of the 2014 releases that caught my eye. …

December 22, 2013 | Review Period

Memorize with Memrise!

I am probably one of hundreds of people to have come up with that headline for this product, but it is apt.

I have secretly been working on my Arabic. It is not on my official schedule, but I gave an informal talk a few weeks ago about my experiences studying Hebrew and Arabic, and to prepare I did a little studying,…