Monthly Archives: August 2012

A language learner is a hunter.

In reply to my youtube video about the importance of context in language learning, I received this comment. Only someone who hunts for context, for examples of the language, for books, podcasts, CD’s, opportunities to interact with people etc. wil… Continue reading

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Five days to fluency in Czech, progress report #3 – happening!

Today was an eventful day, in a way. I played hockey this morning and we lost. Then I stopped for a dim sum brunch on my way back home. Once home I was able to leave my hockey equipment out in the sun to dry, since we play again tomorrow and the n… Continue reading

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Who is a guai lo?

The term “guai lo” is commonly used by Cantonese speakers to refer to Westerners. It literally means “ghost man” or “devil man”. It is considered, by Chinese speakers, as an inoffensive, but convenient term to use to describe people of European or… Continue reading

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The appetite grows with eating.

“l”appetit vient en mangeant.” The more we eat, the more we enjoy eating according to this saying. I certainly have that feeling now with Czech. The more I can understand, the more I can say in the language, the more fun I am having. The keener I … Continue reading

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Technical problems

Sorry for the previous posts. The attached sound file from Call Recorder only seems to provide Jarda’s voice track and not mine. Posterous seems to be a very buggy blogging system and I cannot edit nor delete these posts right now. As soon as I ca… Continue reading

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Five days to fluency in Czech, progress report #2.

As I announced earlier, I am going to spend 5 days in Prague in October. During this period I am going to try to speak as much Czech as possible in order to achieve a breakthrough to fluency. I have been doing a lot of listening and reading, using… Continue reading

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Russian or Spanish. Difficulties in understanding the language.

A learner at LingQ was having difficulty understanding Russian even when he was able to understand individual words. He just found the overall meaning often difficult to grasp. He decided to “park” his Russian and move on to Spanish instead, which… Continue reading

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