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Obligatory New Year post 1/2: Les résolutions

It’s that time again– the resolution post! It’s out there on the Internet, which means it must be true. I resolve to: Stop drinking for at least a month, effective Jan. 1 Find a better-paying, steadier contract. Write at least … Continue reading

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Gate A-4

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye: Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any…

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“Don’t kill your language!”

For my language geek friends…this TED talk, a Lebanese Arabic speaker railing against people who have an inferiority complex about their native languages, is worth listening to and reminded me of conversations I had had with Kirundi speakers, Haitian Kreyòl … Continue reading

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Good News Challenge- Day 10

We made it, with a little help from: Parents of LGBT youth in India who marched with their children during a pride parade Crowdfunders who bought a car for a guy in Detroit after it emerged that he had to … Continue reading

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Let’s clear this up right now…

With regards to my “Mental health and language learning” post… -I did not write the original post; I just shared it. -I was never actually published in the Guardian -I never actually intended to pass myself off as having written … Continue reading

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Mental health and language learning in The Guardian

Originally posted on The Compassionate Language Learner:
… I can’t believe I can even write this sentence, but: my article, “Learning a language helps me talk back to the voice of depression”, is now live on the Guardian’s language-learning site!…

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How learning a new dance style is like learning a new language

Listicles are the big thing in mass-market online journalism at this point, so I’ll jump on the bandwagon! Yesterday I went to a swing dance event, for the first time in a while. Several of my friends who dance are … Continue reading

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New Year, new promises…

Ah, January 1, those hours when you’ve done nothing yet, so you know you’ve done nothing wrong…when the possibilities are endless… Here are my resolutions for this year: -take up a new physical activity, probably kung fu -Go on at … Continue reading

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You know you’re a Quebec City anglophone when…

NB: A lot of these are reader submissions You’re fluent in French and English, but both francophones and anglophones think you have a funny accent. People ask where you’re from/where you live, and get very surprised when you say, “here!” … Continue reading

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A few simple rules

At the Baltimore Farmer’s Market today (yes, I’m in Baltimore visiting family, and I’ll try to work in a few interesting posts about the local flora and fauna) I ran into a woman a few years older than me who … Continue reading

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