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.

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

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.

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.


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?

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.