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Review of “How to learn any language” by Barry Farber

The last week or two, I've spent my morning bus rides on reading "How to learn any language" by Barry Farber, a book, originally published in 1991 which has become quite a classic recommended to people wanting to take up a new language. Why Barry Farber learns languages Farber dedicates the first part of the… Continue reading Review of “How to learn any language” by Barry Farber

Culture · Language · Language learning · Personal · Philosophy · Society

Should children of immigrants be taught their mother language in school?

These days, among the hottest topics in the media are immigration, refugees and the questions and challenges related to the arrival of new citizens to a given country. As long as people have migrated, they have had to learn the language of their new home country. This is a matter that never ceases to spark… Continue reading Should children of immigrants be taught their mother language in school?

Danish · Dialect · History · Language

Sønderjysk: The Danish dialect that got away

An awkward dialect I grew up in a small Danish town called Haderslev, some 50 km's from the German border. This region, known as Sønderjylland, or Southern Jutland is known for its dialect which, for most other Danes, is quite difficult to understand. The region was the scene for several wars with Germany throughout history,… Continue reading Sønderjysk: The Danish dialect that got away

Algerian Arabic · Books · French · Language · Language learning · Resources · Translation

Nedjma, A literary classic by Algerian author Kateb Yacine to be translated to Algerian Arabic

I've been on the lookout for some good written material that I can use to learn Algerian Arabic (or Derdja) for quite some time now. When studying languages, I mostly do so through reading, so when deciding to learn a mostly oral language, it all gets a little more complicated. While I'm mostly focusing on… Continue reading Nedjma, A literary classic by Algerian author Kateb Yacine to be translated to Algerian Arabic

Danish · English · History · Language · Language learning · Reading · Resources · Translation

Juha the giant – A translation from Arabic

Today, I sat down and translated The following Arabic text is a short story  that I found on the internet (source). I translated the text from Arabic to English and Danish. I count on doing short translations more often as a way of reading Arabic in a much more intensive fashion. The reason that I… Continue reading Juha the giant – A translation from Arabic

Arabic · Hand writing · Language · Language learning · Reading · Resources

Deciphering handwritten Arabic

How to read Arabic written by hand Handwritten Arabic is quite a challenge for someone like me, to whom even my own handwriting in my native language can be hard to decipher or to decode. If you're learning the language mainly to communicate by speech or online, or to read books and newspapers, reading fluency… Continue reading Deciphering handwritten Arabic

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Book review of “Polyglot: How I learn languages” by Kató Lomb

I've spent the last couple of weeks reading this book while riding the bus, and I'd like to share my opinion of it with you. The book was originally written in 1970, by the Hungarian polyglot Kató Lomb, but the author has edited it several times up until 1995, making it more up to date… Continue reading Book review of “Polyglot: How I learn languages” by Kató Lomb

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Attack from multiple fronts to learn languages

One of the biggest mistakes that I've made in studying languages, is to focus too much on just one study method. It's tempting to put all your efforts into one activity, especially when your "new approach" seems to be working! So why then, does it seem to be working well in the beginning, and not… Continue reading Attack from multiple fronts to learn languages

Algerian Arabic · Future plans · German · Language · Motivation · Spanish

Upcoming projects: Spanish, German and Algerian Arabic

I've been learning languages for a long time now, and as many language learners can confirm, each time you start studying one language, you immediately want to study three more in the same time. Some people are really good at managing their time and efforts while studying multiple languages, but for me, it hasn't been… Continue reading Upcoming projects: Spanish, German and Algerian Arabic