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reviewed Rosetta Stone. November 12, 2010
Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone software is far and away the best tool for learning a language (I own and have tried dozens of other brands).  Rosetta Stone really does use an excellent technique for teaching you …
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks
The first foreign language I learned to complete fluency was German - after five years of high school German I spent a year at a German boys' boarding school. At the end of that year I was completely …
reviewed Through the Language Glass: Why the W.... September 29, 2010
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks
How much does our culture determine, or liberate, our language's ability to express what we see? In his first book, "The Unfolding of Language," Deutscher mentioned how colors evolved in …
posted a Quick Tip about Chinese Language. September 13, 2010
posted in Go China
Chinese Language
Learn it young if you intend to, or else it'll turn into a pain in the xxxx ! Once you learn to enjoy it, it's full of poetry and mystery. A language befitting of a great civilization. Something ancient …
reviewed Chinese Language. February 14, 2010
posted in Go China
Chinese Language
Today is first day of Chinese New Year (the year of the golden tiger begins) for all Chinese and also Valentine's Day for the rest of the world. So, other than uttering Gongxi Facai (恭喜发财) in Mandarin …
posted a Quick Tip about Mandarin. January 01, 2010
Mandarin
One of 6 official languages of UN. Mandarin is the official language of China & Taiwan. It is often known as Putonghua to the Chinese.
posted a Quick Tip about Chinese Language. January 01, 2010
Chinese Language
Ancient, difficult to learn & challenging yet it is one of the most interesting languages. To learn it well, u need to live in China.
reviewed Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde.... December 23, 2008
Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to
Interesting insights into why and how we spell continues my recent thread on English (and specifically American) language    The American Language-4th Editin  Websterisms: …
reviewed Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde.... August 29, 2008
Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to
Wolman writes with passion about the history of the English language, the effects of printing and even of particular printers, of the quest for dictionaries, and about spelling reform movements. Those …
reviewed Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde.... August 05, 2008
Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to
I really enjoy reading books that not only inform me, but entertain me as well. This book is one of that type. It contains a brief history of how the English language came to be the oddball collection …
reviewed Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde.... August 01, 2008
Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to
This small book (I read it in a few hours) is a personal and sometimes funny look at, as Bill Bryson put it, "English and how it got that way." It's a decent survey of the history and some of the issues …
reviewed Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde.... July 29, 2008
Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to
The Inglish langwage iz a mes. Anywun who has tryed to lern to spel it nos this. This buk provides a solid analisis of how this situashun came to be. Yew will reed all abowt the histori that got us into …
Figures of Speech: Sixty Ways to Turn a Phrase
Pros: Good collection of quotations that use literary devices.     Cons: A soul-sucking devastatingly dry read.     The Bottom Line: Great if you need to prop up …
reviewed The Power of Babel: A Natural History.... May 15, 2006
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
Pros: Humor, easy to read, never condescending.      Cons: Epilogue which argues an academic point otherwise ignored.      The Bottom Line: Interested in how languages …
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