December 30, 2011 | Hebrew
Language Games on KLM Airplanes
On seatbacks, you can compete in Hindi, Japanese, Greek, and many other languages.
Yesterday Brandt and I returned to New York from Genoa. I studied hours and hours on the way home, trying to get back into the Hebrew groove.
Bus from Genoa to Milan. No Flash, Because I Didn’t Think That Would Be Well Received by Fellow Passengers.
In the pre-dawn hours, I did Pimsleur lessons on a bus from Genoa to the Milan airport.
I did Pimsleur lessons while we waited for our flight in Milan.
I studied from Milan to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, working my way as quickly as I could through Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar by Lewis Glinert.
This grammar is published by Routledge and last month was totally inaccessible to me. For it to make any sense I needed to know some Hebrew.
Now I can do okay with it, even though it is still too advanced, I would say. I had one of this series for Polish, too, and it is just not my favorite series—not for my purposes. These are responsible and careful books, and I like the design, but there are few exercises and much explanation.
It’s all about the exercise-to-explanation ratio! I need a really big one!
Seeing Hudson News in Milan Amused Me
Therefore, I am still without a Hebrew grammar and exercise book I like. Which is significantly impeding my progress.
By the way, I find Pimsleur impossible on airplanes. The noise of the engines makes me have to turn up the volume so high that I get headaches—which is why I stick to grammar books when I am flying.
At Schiphol I dedicated myself to eating rather than studying.
On my KLM airplane from Schiphol to JFK, I kept reading Glinert’s book, for hours, until I needed a break, at which point I discovered Berlitz games on the back of the seat in front of me.
I tried some basic games in Greek, Japanese, Russian, Hindi, Arabic, and I think Korean. The technology is pretty low-rent, but it was entertaining nonetheless.
Berlitz Word Traveler
Russian Dialogue Game
My Hindi Is Hopeless
Reading Greek Again Was Fun