Friday, February 28, 2014

Make writing a habit

I am not sure if everyone will agree with me, but in my opinion learning a language should also include learning how to write in it. Sometimes it’s easier - like for example (from my point of view) with Spanish, sometimes more difficult - like with Arabic or Hindi. And I don’t mean here writing professional or official letters, just several sentences in case it’s needed.
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Problem with redirecting solved

I would like to apologize everyone who tried to access this blog recently (and my other blog: Multigato Around The World) and was redirected to another site. I didn't notice the problem earlier as it didin't affected the browser I use, namely Chrome. It was not a virus, the problem lied in one of the widgets which was no longer supported and that's why it caused problems with accessing the site.
Thank you for your patience
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Excellent course with audio files: Spoken and written Hindi

When I was looking for a Hindi textbook accompanied by the audio material I was advised to try “Spoken and written Hindi” by G.H. Fairbanks and B.G. Misra, published by Cornell University Press in 1966. It was a very good advise: I like the structure of the course and the audio material is excellent and helps you to drill what you learn.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Reading in Italian: “Monselice nei secoli”

I would have never expected that I would read with such pleasure a scientific book about an Italian town and its history during the ages. And… I do! The book is called “Monselice nei secoli” and it helps me with enriching the vocabulary connected with history, geography etc.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Do numbers really matter?

What criteria do you take into account when choosing a new language to learn? Do you check the number of its speakers? I guess some of you do. Once I also thought it to be a good strategy. What else would you want? To learn a language and to be able to talk with hundreds of millions of people - as for example is the case with Chinese and Bengali. Then… a reflection came to me: it’s not that easy as it seems. Where else could I use Bengali aside from Bangladesh?
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Oops! I do it again…

No, I’m not going to write about Britney. Today I’ve made a switch in my Arabic studies one more time - this time from Modern Standard Arabic to Egyptian. I hope I’ll stick to this decision for long. I also hope that I’ll find some people to practise as I don’t want my knowledge to be limited to grammar studies and watching TV.
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