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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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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initial observations on arabic

well, the alphabet is pretty straightforward, and it uses spacing between words :) ! Here’s what I knew about arabic prior to last week: 1. it’s considered one of the most difficult languages for english speakers to learn, along with japanese, mandarin, cantonese, and korean. (aprox 2200 hours expected to reach speaking/reading proficiency-  not fluency.)…

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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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more on language

since my resolution in the beginning of 2009 to learn German, I’ve become semi-obsessed with the practice of language learning.  Being in Thailand seemed an opportune time to learn an asian, tonal, language with a different alphabet. I did learn to speak, read and write German last year, without any immersion.  I am, by no…

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