Monthly Archives: September 2008

The value of words

I’m currenty rereading Louis de Bernières’ series of novels set in a ficticious South American country. In the first book, The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts, the revolutionaries give people receipts whenever they take something from them, and say that they will pay everything back after the revolution. Many of the people who receive […]

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Why can’t cats and dogs get on?

Cats and dogs do not always live in perfect harmony together, but this doesn’t have to be the case. According to an article in Science Daily, one reason why cats and dogs often don’t get on together is because they misinterpret each other’s body language. For example, when cats are angry they usually lash their […]

Animal communication 6 Comments

Name the language

Here’s a recording a part of a radio programme in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is?

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Bilingual Radio

Today we have a guest post from James P. in Chile: I was listening to Catalan radio the other day (long story: short version, I’m thinking of whether to live in Spain and if I can be bothered with learning Catalan or whether it would just get mixed up in my Spanish). They had interviews […]

Italian, Language, Spanish 27 Comments

Anybody can learn a language

I came across an interesting article on Michel Thomas and his methods for teaching languages in the Guardian today. Thomas believed that “there was no such thing as a bad student, only a bad teacher” and that with the right teaching method, anybody can learn a language quickly and easily. However was very reluctant to […]

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