how much to learn a word?

I’ll pay a cent. (actually, realistically, I’d pay a lot more. I mean, a decent-you-can-get-by-on-this vocabulary is only a few thousand words. plus grammar, argh) I listen to deutsch welle in french and german at the store- which prompts the tourists to ask me if I’m american. ( I’ve been tempted to claim I don’t…

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currently

when life is in upheaval, I’m disinclined to post anything.  And actually, this trends through the rest of my work as well.  I work best, and most creatively, when my personal life has a comfortable status quo. hence the dearth of updates in the past couple months. We have this tendency to think of, and…

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travel phrasebooks

Since getting here, I’ve really felt the need for a phrasebook, because while I can string words together, unless they are used in ‘normal’ way, people stare blankly. Like:  getting food “to go”  –  in deutsch the correct phrasing is actually “to take with” (zum mitnehmen)  — if you say “zu gehen”  it makes no…

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driving east

yesterday I drove from Belgium, through the Netherlands, into Germany. It only took three hours, and made me think- this is what New England would be like if each state had its own language and visibly different style. Some observations: Belgium is extremely manicured, cultivated. I think the government must be doing well- every road,…

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wordplay

me: My kindle won’t be delivered until September 20th! him:  so why don’t you cancel the order, and when you are in Germany next week, pick up a kinder! (um, no.  not looking for a kinder, danke sehr.  ) aber ich nach Deutschland reisen nächste Woche. Berlin.

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liebe

hehe….it’s been a long week with not much else to report. starting a metalsmithing class at MECA tomorrow evening though….looking forward to using those skills to make some nice buttons and closures.

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the desert notes. on flexibility.

I’ve been west for a couple days, and had free time yesterday in between work and travel.  Last time I was in this part of the country was over ten years ago, when I drove to Las Vegas to go rock climbing.  Right now I’m in Palm Springs, which my brother called “the high desert”….and…

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Fraülein

it’s very convenient, if you decide you need to learn a language within a couple of months, to have a dear friend who happens to be writing a PhD thesis on language acquisition. last week I write to Tuuli, subject line “faster language acquisition”, explaining my dillemma where everyone tells me I’m going to have…

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berlin

I’ve bought a ticket to Berlin in April.  It’s one-way, because until I’m fluent, I’m not coming home. :) We’ll still keep working at brook there.  Anna and I will chat every day through video conference, and I’ll work on patterns, samples, and the website from Germany. Anna will also work on samples and fulfilling…

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