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If it's Friday, think sex. How to remember the days of the week in Romance languages

It’s scandalous that one of the great intellectual ground-breaking theses of 2013, The amazing story of how days got their names, has not yet been picked up by academic, language and history magazines all over the world, let alone gone viral on the internet. 314 more words

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Definite and indefinite articles in the main Romance languages

Hello Romance language lovers, here is another revision sheet (I use the tag “revision” for this series), culled and simplified from previous posts. The info has also been put into each language’s Grammar section on the main menu. 908 more words

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Wild sex boosts bashful blogger

I try to make this a fun blog, and a few days ago I got confirmation I have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams: someone somewhere did an internet search for “ 560 more words

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Revision sheet for the spies who love me

For all those millions and millions of people who are trying to learn five Romance languages at once – don’t laugh, think of all those students at the Chinese Secret International Academy of Multilingual Espionage, for whom… 499 more words

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My chance encounter with a famous pianist and other interesting people on trains

On long train journeys, people either sit in silence and keep themselves amused, or they try to be a bit social. When I was young and shy, I would have done the former, now I tend to the latter, without wanting to be too intrusive. 416 more words

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The West Slavic languages are haunting me: all I need is Radio Wawa

You may know that recently I did a trip to Central Europe (see A peek at the West Slavic world). On the long flights over and back I treated myself to mini film festivals in French, Italian and Spanish – Emirates does not have much in the way of Portuguese or Romanian films on offer. 301 more words

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Say hello to your soul mates

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” - Charlemagne.

Greetings, and how are your second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth souls doing today! 762 more words

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