Category Archives: Lessons learned

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

Posted in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Learning styles, Lessons learned, Polish, Vocabulary | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Learning styles, Lessons learned, Vocabulary | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Hit the slopes

It’s winter-time down here, and some are thinking about skiing. Not your humble correspondent, who remains faithful to his obsession with language. Nevertheless, the seasonal discussions have dented my bubble and that, along with a challenging couple of days with … Continue reading

Posted in Arabic, Grammar, Learning styles, Lessons learned, Vocabulary | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Chinese, Grammar, Learning styles, Lessons learned, Vocabulary | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The geography of language – forest

Each language has its own shining feature. Spanish and French are romance; German and Arabic are guttural; Italian and Japanese are bouncy while Chinese is up and down. English is ubiquitous. I have already written about Arabic and the desert analogy. … Continue reading

Posted in Grammar, Lessons learned, Polish, Vocabulary | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The geography of language – desert

After more than three months of the Project, I think it is a good time to start looking at the individual languages in some more depth. Obviously it won’t be too much depth. Three months of erratic progress doesn’t qualify … Continue reading

Posted in Arabic, Lessons learned, Rules of the Game | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Deep? Moi?

There is a certain mindset that says that if a little bit of an activity is good, then a whole heap must be fantastic. This is the person who decides that if a glass of wine is good for your … Continue reading

Posted in Hindi, Learning styles, Lessons learned, Uncategorized, Vocabulary | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment