teaching oneself

if you know me well, you’ve heard me complain about my inability to teach people things. Often people will say something to the effect of:  “oh, can you teach me to sew?”  and my response, due to several failed attempts is-  “um, I’m not very good at teaching, but if you are really interested, feel…

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journals

for the most part, this is how I write journals:  in languages I don’t know.  For some reason, it works for me.  I sit with the computer open to an online dictionary, translate the words I don’t know, and write whatever I’d like to write regardless of how complex the concept is. it does two…

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Romane

I finally figured out how to get myself to read in other languages:  chicklit. books I’d probably be a little self-conscious to be seen reading in public in english. I’ve tried reading in German before, of course, but always chose ‘literature’-  tried to read things by Hesse or Nietzche or the like and never got…

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thai language learning project

For about a year and a half now, language learning has been my favorite way to relax. Every morning, after waking, I eat breakfast, drink coffee, and study language for an hour or two.  It sets my mood to ‘calm’ for the day.  If I get overwhelmed or stressed out with life or work- my…

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reading

talking out at local 188 last night, realized I hardly ever read books anymore….on airplanes perhaps.  lately, I read blogs, and they fall into these categories: personal development & small business blogs economics german-language fashion blogs art & design blogs learning & language acquisition local-  people I know there is a pretty extensive list through…

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sewing lessons

I’ve been playing with the idea of offering free sewing lessons.  Or, not really lessons.  More like-  bring your own machine, and your own project, and I’ll help you understand how to approach the problem and deal with issues you may encounter. It seems there would be an interest in something like that.  We’ve been…

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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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learning styles and problem solving

I had an interesting conversation with Anna this morning as I was showing the steps to insert a zipper for this pocket.  It’s a complicated, many stepped process:  the zipper is heavy duty, and the fabric is lighter.  The fabric has to be cut into in order to place the zipper within a fabric ‘rectangle’,…

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books

I used to read, a lot.  At one point, to try to teach myself database programming, I built a little mysql database and recorded books and ratings as I read them.  Now I read a little, and fairly slowly, to try to actually integrate the information rather than just get through it. I’ve been sharing…

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