Monthly Archives: August 2011

Learning Czech using guerilla tactics

I do not think we learn languages in a straight line. I do not think we learn best by starting with the basics and proceeding in an orderly fashion. I think we learn best by bouncing around, attacking and retreating, following our interests. At le… Continue reading

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The psychological benefits of reading fiction.

On Fiction is a fascinating website that describes iteself as follows; “OnFiction is a magazine with the aim of developing the psychology of fiction. Using theoretical and empirical perspectives, we endeavour to understand how fiction is created, … Continue reading

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Don’t learn English, it is too easy.

I think the hot summer and the paprika is affecting the thought processes of Hungarian educators. The government there wants to stop teaching English as the first foreign language, and instead impose some other foreign languages with more structur… Continue reading

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We won!

Our team, the Old Goats, won the B.C. Senior Games 65 and over hockey tournament in Nelson. We had a wonderful time in the beautiful town of Nelson, which has a lot to offer in the way of scenery, mountains, a lake, nice restaurants and great golf… Continue reading

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More on the power of audio books and language learning.

I heartily recommend that language learners get a hold of good quality audio books, narrated by people whose style and voice they like, as I pointed out in an earlier post. Listen to them over and over if necessary. Even if you do not understand i… Continue reading

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Audio books and language learning.

Il Narratore Italian audio books are now available at LingQ. These are wonderful recordings of many of the classics of Italian literature. I have long been a fan of Maurizio and Il Narratore, and have listened to many of these works in order to en… Continue reading

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Learning Czech, three week report

I am just not finding a lot of time to spend on Czech with all of the other things going on in my life, and of course my interest in listening to the Russian interviews on Echo Moskvi. What I have been able to do is the following. 1) Go through mu… Continue reading

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