The holidays can be a great time for language learning! Haha, you might expect the opposite, but I have my reasons. Sure, the holidays are a busy time of year trying to be prepared, get errands done, shop for gifts, etc. Then actually making time to see or travel to family & friends, and spending time together. You might wonder, how can you keep up … Continue reading Happy Holidays! Gleðileg Jól!
A recent tidbit to share, related to my American Sign Language learning. My friend got free tickets to see the Hamilton musical in my area! I probably wouldn’t have seen it in person otherwise, since it’s usually so expensive. It was really well done, and I had a good time. But the cool thing was that they had an small team of ASL interpreters (3 … Continue reading Tidbits- ASL
I recently signed up for a whole bunch of French newsletters! I came across a little booklet in English about the Chartres Cathedral at a local thrift store. So then I was doing some research about La Cathédrale de Chartres, and realized that they have an e-mail newsletter you can sign up for on their website. I’m not religious, but I enjoy visiting churches in … Continue reading Digital Newsletters for Language Practice
“There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do.” – Bill Watterson “If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.” – John Cleese “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein Just a few topical quotes I came across about having enough time! There are 2 months … Continue reading When is there ever enough time?
Many others have written about this app! This app that is still going strong and is well-known for being a way to learn a language. Which is more popular, Duolingo or Rosetta Stone? I don’t know, I’d have to say Duolingo these days. I’m not a huge fan of the app- in my short opinion, it’s really only good for getting people started, learning beginner … Continue reading Duolingo, and only due dei miei pensieri! (only a few of my thoughts)
*photo is little 21 year old me in 2012 on my first study abroad trip! Location: Route de Crêtes, clifftop view of Cassis, France. A little catch-up for you with what I’ve been up to this past September! I had a friend’s birthday party, a small indie concert in Washington DC where I spent the night, a bit of travel for my day job, I … Continue reading Month in Review- September 2022
*these sentiments will be a little vague, so as not to target any specific country or gov’t, and to protect me as a writer* I’m often interested in learning a new language based on a friendship I’ve made, or upcoming travels. I like to travel to places based on the general people, the sights to see, the food to eat, the music/movies/books, etc that come … Continue reading When you don’t agree with the views/behaviors of the country for a language you’re learning
Salut à tous! Hae hae! I realized I haven’t done a Month in Review post in a while! I feel like June came up on me fast, like I hadn’t realized that May was over already. It doesn’t feel like June has gone by too quickly, but I know it has been a busy month for me. Sometimes when a week or a month is … Continue reading Month in Review- June 2022
This is your annual reminder to record yourself speaking in your languages! It’s certainly my reminder, since I realized I haven’t done it in a while. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but for me speaking skills are the hardest to practice and to see improvement in. While I learn on my own, it can also be hard to tell if I’m … Continue reading Hit record, now!
Have you ever thought ahead about how to keep up with your language learning when you get sick? I feel like it’s rather topical now, as we’re still living in a pandemic (or endemic, depending on your view). Not that you have to keep up with things- and depending on the level of how sick you are, it may be better to rest. Rest days … Continue reading Sick as a dog and language learning