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The language of Confucius

Learning Chinese has become the latest fashion in the Western world. Even public school systems want to teach it. High enrollment in courses is boasted about by educational bureaucrats and teachers. 445 more words


Searching the sky

This lunar month is Ramadan in the Muslim world. The word “ramadan” comes from the Arabic for “scorching heat” or “dryness.” Until the moon completes its current cycle (this year, around the end of July), Muslims abstain from eating all food and drinking all liquid between sunrise and sunset. 546 more words

A note on travels in the Gaeltacht

I’ve just returned from a trip to counties Mayo (Maigh Eo) and Sligo (Sligeach) on the west coast of Ireland.

It was my first visit to Sligo and I finally got to see the Lake Isle of Innisfree which so inspired Yeats’ beautiful poem. 128 more words

Language Learning

Easy Listening

25 July 2014, TV = 833.7 hours

OK, so I do tend write a lot about the misfires: not understanding, misunderstanding, misspeaking, etc. Maybe I take for granted what I can already do, focusing disproportionately on what I can’t. 166 more words

Thai Language

Finnish Tests

These long tests (80 questions) will help you find your level and identify areas you need to work on.

Finnish Language