Happy Thanksgiving

What’s on our list: handmade by Daniel cavatelli with pomodoro sauce and grated parmesan smashers (small potatoes parboiled, coated with olive oil + fresh cracked pepper + large flake sea salt, put into cast iron pan, smashed with bottom of pint glass, and then broiled in the oven.) salad: frisee endive mix with dried cranberries…

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The Beginning Stages of Learning a Language

This is a repost from arabiclanguage.me…for more dual language pieces check out the work Kifah and I have been doing over there… The Beginning Stages of Learning A Language This is my philosophy about language learning: You should race through the beginner stages as fast as you can in order to get to the good…

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Translation Choices

I’ve been reading The Hunger Games in translation to Arabic. I’ve never read it before, so it’s quite entertaining.  A few pages in I encountered a reference to an animal I wasn’t familiar with. It appeared to be a barnyard animal, like a pig, from the setting and description. But it was called حيوان مقزز.…

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Language Learning in the Body

This is a cross-post from the website Arabiclanguage.me, which Kifah and I produce together.  Visit the original post for the dual language version! Language Learning In the Body The first two phases of learning a language are listening and speaking. These are physical activities and need to be practiced that way. Much as you do…

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Language on Airplanes

Daniel and I spent a weekend in Montreal recently, at the North American Polyglot Symposium (NAPS) -basically a group of people who are really into learning languages.  Conor Quinn, of Portland renown, gave a really excellent presentation called How to Not Speak English (he’s launching a book soon of the same title.)  In his talk, he…

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On Speaking Carefully

I went to a vegan restaurant once in Los Angeles: the chef was well-known for having taken a vow of silence many years prior. How he ran his restaurant, I don’t know; but it is a compelling story. How does one speak less without making the lives of those around you more complicated? Speech is…

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Language Learning without Immersion

Learning a language without immersion is about accumulating hours. The more time you can sneak in within the target language, the better. Some tips and tricks: Computer Operating System This is an oldy but a goody, and well worth it: set your computer operating system up in your target language. Especially with foreign alphabets or…

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Designing Handwriting

When I was in elementary school, I liked to experiment with handwriting modification: redesigning how I formed the letters to be more elegant, or cleaner, or so forth.  It was an interesting body/mind exercise. Now, as an adult, I have my handwriting and it’s not too beautiful but it is fast.  I always admire people who…

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