Category Archives: Rules of the Game

The Problem with success

Once upon a time, I decided to do something challenging and fun. The Babel Project was a response to a work situation that was becoming increasingly challenging, without much of a silver lining. If you have ever worked in an … 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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Building a better fool

The Babel Project was conceived as a folly. For those of you who are not of an 18th century turn of mind, the original “follies” were crumbling fake Roman or Greek temples constructed in the grounds of British noblemen. (Never … Continue reading

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Is there anybody in there?

Hello everyone, I must apologise for the complete absence of any posts in recent weeks. TBP is still a going concern, it is just going along at a slightly different pace. Since I last published almost two months ago, I … Continue reading

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The geography of language – jungle

Would anybody care to guess? I know, it’s an easy one. But strangely apt, because I have found Hindi to be my most challenging language to learn. Not because of any innate complexities in the language – I am not … Continue reading

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The geography of language – valley

When I embarked on this series of posts, the first two were fairly straight-forward. Using the desert as an analogy for Arabic was a no-brainer. And I don’t know whether my esteemed readers ever think about Poland, but I have … Continue reading

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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

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