Category Archives: Chinese

A Head Full of Steam

It has been a long time between drinks; or trips to the well; or – OK that’s enough rubbish. Momentum has not been my friend this year. When I began the Babel Project, I wanted this to be something pleasant … Continue reading

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Revision

It’s January, after 9pm and time to consider the first year of the Babel Project. In theory, there was only supposed to be one year of TBP. The roadmap said five languages, five methods, one year and then we’ll assess … Continue reading

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What hump?

I cannot help myself – it is too tempting to use a moment from my favourite ever (comic) movie as a Post title. With all due respect to the late great Marty Feldman, not only have I found my hump, … Continue reading

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Faster, higher, whatever?

What an interesting couple of weeks it has been. Some of you may have noticed a little thing called the Olympics make its way through town. In other news, I managed to come down with a chest cold and undergo … Continue reading

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The geography of language – mountain

Moving right along with the theme, I have chosen mountain to symbolise Chinese – in this instance specifically Mandarin Chinese. The tonal structure of Chinese can quite easily resemble the ups and downs of your average Himalayan (or other) mountain range. … Continue reading

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Quarter time

May Day and the first partial anniversary (milestone?) of my journey. It is now three months since I began my experiment with five foreign languages at once. Where am I? Well, I am still plugging away. I won’t be applying … Continue reading

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Who dropped that penny?

Success feels like it should be clear and unambiguous. One person (or team) wins, another loses. Either you are Steffi Graf or Bobby Jones, winning the Grand Slam and the ticker-tape parade, or you are Raymond Poulidor, the eternal second. … Continue reading

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