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Learn a language from archaic technology!

This week I spent at a friend house cat sitting. I have has a good time and no cat was harmed. The perqs of house sitting did not only include a nice cooktop and a hot shower, but also access… Continue Reading →

One reason learning language is hard

In this article I explain one reason that learning a new language is hard. Imagine that you read a book, as simple as something by Tom Clancy or as seemingly sophisticated as something by Dickens or perhaps something as needlessly… Continue Reading →

Unpredictability of language

As I sit here updating this website, I am at a bar listening to people speak and converse and do what it is that social monkeys do: Talk. There is this idea that people who have lived in a foreign… Continue Reading →

En La Ardiente Oscuridad

Recently I read a fantástic book. It is Antonio Buero Vallejo’s En La Ardiente Oscuridad. In calling it “a book”, I think most who read this would imagine that it is a novel, but no, it is a stage play…. Continue Reading →

What kind of parent teaches language?

An observation. Immigration/emigration – the notion that a person, a related group of people, or some large percentage of people of an area should leave the lands in which he/she/they have lived in for generations and take up residence in… Continue Reading →

The Handicap of Spelling

In this video -a sort of vlog style video- I try to present the idea that difficult spelling systems are indeed a handicap in the Zahavian sense. I also suggest the same for conjugation paradigmata. The main thesis is that… Continue Reading →

Gender and Language

In the developed world, or perhaps all over the globe, there is an ongoing discussion regarding the sexes and gender. Maybe, this is new approach to an ancient discussion. Maybe there is nothing new under the sun. Especially in the… Continue Reading →

Language Has Nothing To Do With Sound

On commonly held misconception is that languages have much to do with sound. The truth is that they do not. Not much. Certainly, sounds are not a requisite part of language, just ask Marlee Matlin. Like all physical human activities… Continue Reading →

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