In the first part of this post I focused on one of the key areas of learning a new language: the need to be comfortable with ambiguity, to celebrate small wins. In short, it’s important to focus on what you can do and not what you cannot do. That was all very easy with Romance […]Read More Learning a language. Yes you CAN! (Part II)
I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every time someone said, yeah, but you’re good at languages, it’s easy for you. It seems like the vast majority of people consider language learning to be something mystical, unattainable. Polyglots, even bilinguals, are viewed with aw. To be fair, we can be a weird lot, but that’s […]Read More Learn a Language? Yes, you CAN!
If you’ve studied French before, you might be able to guess that this post is about faux amis or “false friends.” Similar terms are used in Spanish, and I assume possibly other languages as well. It refers to words that appear to have the same meaning but don’t – not to be confused with “false cognates” […]Read More You tricky little… friend
The first post of The Language Lowdown is up. Some of the history of French, what makes it fun to learn, and what it means to me.Read More The Language Lowdown: French
Starting today I’ll be posting a page on each of the languages I speak, want to speak, have friends who speak, or know people who want to speak. That’s going to make for a lot of languages. The format will be simple, on each page there will be a section about the language, it’s history and […]Read More The Language Lowdown
Accents are a way of life. Everybody has one. I remember a while back I was talking to my mother and mentioned something about our Newfoundland accent, and she seemed to be convinced we don’t have an accent. I asked her what she meant by that and she told me that accents refer to something truly […]Read More Sounds that are hard to ‘spit out’
People often ask me what the easiest language in the world is to learn, or at least what the easiest language was to learn for me. I’m not really certain how to answer that question, but I’ll give it a shot in kind of a choose your own answer format. The easiest language to learn […]Read More ‘Easy’ is in the eyes of the beholder