All posts tagged "foreign languages"

100 Days of Duolingo (19 Apr 2016 | Tags: , , , )

After a hundred days in a row of Duolingo, I'm wondering whether I established a good habit — studying a foreign language every day — or a bad one — wasting time acquiring meaningless points every day.

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Learning Old Norse: what's the plural of "axe"? (10 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )

In the Viking sagas, writes Jesse L. Byock, there are "accusations of witchcraft, fights over beached whales, cheating, stealing, harboring of outlaws, and vengeance sought for scurrilous or erotic verse." Viking Language 1 is, hands down, the most exciting foreign language book I have ever read.

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Duolingo German: On Beyond Beta (04 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , , , )

I finished the Duolingo German course! I feel like that guy in Creepshow 2, gasping "I beat you!" at the monster. And look how that turned out for him.

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Three months of Icelandic later ... Ég er búin að borða hvalinn! (01 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )
"Learning Icelandic is like getting a tattoo on your ass. It's painful and you can't show it off to anyone". – Reddit wisdom
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Beginner's Icelandic review (27 Feb 2016 | Tags: , , )

You can only lose your virginity once. And you can only learn Icelandic for the first time once.

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Teach Yourself Icelandic review (21 Feb 2016 | Tags: , , )

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the Teach Yourself books. On the one hand, they are often the only textbook for less-commonly-taught languages, and I've appreciated the way they let you bootstrap up to more complicated books. On the other hand, Teach Yourself's quality control is spotty, and if there are two or three textbooks for a language, there's probably a better one.

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I see a whale! (16 Feb 2016 | Tags: , )

Beginner's Icelandic wants you to learn the words hvalaskoðun, "whale watching", and jökull, "glacier", because that's pretty much why you're visiting Iceland in the first place. Unfortunately Jeremy in Chapter 9 can't appreciate them because he is sjóveikur, "seasick".

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Books I finished in January, 2016 (05 Feb 2016 | Tags: , , , , )

Some friends are keeping logs of everything they read in 2016, and I joined the club. These are just books I finished, with one exception, so I don't have to keep adding the same books in progress month after month.

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The algebraic grammar of Icelandic (03 Feb 2016 | Tags: , , )

"Your purpose is to learn to speak German, not to learn to look it up in a book." Foreign Service Institute, German: Basic Course

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Gerda disappears, but she never goes away (31 Jan 2016 | Tags: , , )

Claude Piron's Gerda Malaperis ("Gerda Vanished") is a rare treat – not because it’s an original Esperanto novel (there are loads of those), but because it's an instructional text that's both cleverly constructed and entertaining in its own right. And I just found out that someone filmed the whole thing!

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Nagged by an owl (22 Jan 2016 | Tags: , , , )

A friend recently recommended Duolingo. It's billed as free online language study, but really it's Farmville for foreign language enthusiasts.

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The sounds of Icelandic (24 Nov 2015 | Tags: , )

A friend of mine wants to learn Icelandic, and I am always looking for someone to study languages with.

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