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.... Read More
All posts tagged "foreign languages"
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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!... Read More
A friend of mine wants to learn Icelandic, and I am always looking for someone to study languages with.... Read More