Category Archives: Polish

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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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

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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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Running away at home

Most of us take the Edmund Hillary approach to our lives: Why? Because it’s there. Whenever we think about our families, our careers, our hobbies or even our politics, we glide over the nuances of our potential options, and simply … Continue reading

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