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Film festivals: now you see them, or - oops! - now you don't

Quel imbécile je suis! About a month ago I saw adverts starting to appear in Sydney for the 26th annual Alliance Française French Film Festival… 298 more words

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Sydney says bye to Baila Brazil, hello to Ludovico, Laura and Liana

Here in Sydney at this time of the year we like to think that we are very cultured, and we are probably right. Melburnians might not agree, but that’s another story. 593 more words

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Latin lovers and speakers of Spanish: How would you have fancied studying Punic instead?

“The reason why you speak the (native) language you do today is not due so much to your education and upbringing; rather, it’s all down to ancient migration patterns and which army clobbered which other army in the days of yore.” 475 more words

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The Indonesian executions from various Portuguese and Brazilian perspectives

News reports over the weekend on an unpleasant subject provided an example of what I would call the linguistic efficiency or creativity of Portuguese compared to English. 390 more words

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May all 12 months of your new year be filled with felicity

Happy new year! People whose first language is a Romance one might be tempted to say “felicitous new year”, judging by the following: feliz ano novo… 415 more words

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people.

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Tips on Romance languages from the Transparent team

Language learning aids have gone through interesting technological phases in my time: thankfully cassettes (Remember them? If not, then you must be so young, but the pictures will give you some idea) did not last long. 345 more words

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