Monthly Archives: February 2011

Chinese writing appears as you watch

This is a screen print from a site called which shows the calligraphy brush caught in mid-character.  I don´t speak Chinese but do love the look of the writing and would like to learn it one day in the not-too-distant … Continue reading

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Long for the sea

“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”     – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) Found … Continue reading

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Listening – language is music

Benny “Fluent in 3 months” Lewis has an article on his blog for 5 February, written by Susanna Zaraysky and entitled “Music and TV for homework …” Susanna gives some valuable listening tips and six ways to make it … Continue reading

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Cutting up the ugly green grammar monster

“We all OD´d on grammar at school … just make it as simple as possible and leave the rest.” (From this blog, dialogue between Italic and Bold, two months ago)  This is the way a lot of people like to … Continue reading

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Talented waiter

This is an extract from an e-mail which my sister wrote yesterday.  I thought you might like it.  “I have started learning a few Italian phrases from the BBC site you recommended.  I tried out the one “Where is the … Continue reading

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Travel and discover the unexpected

When you travel, you tend to do things you normally wouldn´t, which is probably one of the best reasons I can think of for setting forth. Buying a newspaper might be a frequent occurrence for you, but for me it … Continue reading

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