Monthly Archives: January 2011

Chanting: school under a tree

When I was about five, growing up in India, I glimpsed a group of school children learning under a tree. They were chanting in unison and each had a small slate and a piece of chalk. I think we were just … Continue reading

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I give you a story

By the Mediterranean, where France meets Spain, lies Catalunya, the land where I lost my heart to Mount Canigou. The Catalan people celebrate their identity with singing, dancing, eating, drinking, speaking Catalan and telling stories. Often these are the sort … Continue reading

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4 x 7½ = 30

Do you ever find that you set out to do 30 minutes of work and then find that it seems a long time and you would rather go to sleep? That happens to me in January and I have three ideas … Continue reading

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Do you have a clean green machine, for driving into the city?

A quick tip: if you are travelling in Germany, you need to avoid city centres or be aware of the environmental badge required for green zones. Why? Because you could get fined. In the example given below, Bremen, you can … Continue reading

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Need to Refresh a Language? How I Regain my French – by Tomáš Vrubel

Tomáš Vrubel, whose first language is Czech, recently submitted this account of how he is brushing up his French.  I hope that you will enjoy its enthusiasm,  wealth of good ideas and poetic expression. Tom says “ I speak English, … Continue reading

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Guest posts: cross-fertilisation of ideas

So far, all the articles on this blog have been written by me. Soon you are in for a treat. A Czech blogging friend of mine, Tomáš Vrubel, is going to send an account of how he is brushing up … Continue reading

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An hour a day of dynamic play

How much time each week should you give to learning your target language? Let´s say at least five.  That is an hour a day, Monday to Friday. On Saturday and Sunday you can play with the language, follow up anything … Continue reading

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