Category Archives: Just for fun

Learn 284 words in a month #11 – Philosophy on wheels

Each country has its philosophers, writers or ordinary people with plenty of good old common sense. Do you have some favourite quotation by someone famous, a friend, or a member of your family? I like to take a quotation in … Continue reading

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Learn 284 words in a month #9 – Dutch skating

http://www.2bdutch.nl/videos/figure-skating SKATING IN THE NETHERLANDS This six-minute video is about a year old now, but it is very topical and your challenge is to watch it in Dutch, with Dutch and English subtitles, and comment on it in English or Dutch! … Continue reading

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If at first you don´t succeed … 284 words in a month #5

Maybe you know the quotation “If at first you don´t succeed, try, try again” .  It seems that it first appeared in Thomas Palmer´s ‘Teacher’s Manual’ (1840)  and in ‘The Children of the New Forest’ (1847) by Frederick Maryat, an English novelist. It must … Continue reading

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Chinese writing appears as you watch

This is a screen print from a site called nciku.com 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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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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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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