To Tariq Saeed

I really appreciate your kind words. I am happy that people are interested in languages, all languages. That brings the world closer together. I respect the fact that you are a teacher. I respect the fact that you are such a generous person that y...
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Audio learning

I am happy to see two comments, one from Mark and one from Leo. Mark has provided a source of info on the transliteration of foreign names into Chinese. Thanks to Mark for the information. I look forward to the day when, in Chinese texts, most for...
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Scenarios

The other day someone asked me if we had scenarios at The Linguist. He meant do we have scripted scenarios of dialogues at the bank, at the train station etc.. I said no. The scenario approach is like so much else in language training; a vain atte...
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Travel notes

I was in Europe for much of June, in Sweden, London and then attending a conference on Language Instruction and the Corporate Sector in Duesseldorf. I also attended a wedding in Le Havre. France and then took it easy in a 500 year old house in a s...
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Japanese TV Dramas

SC asks how long it took me to be able to understand TV dramas. The answer is a long time. I still do not fully follow them after 9 years of living in Japan and using Japanese for over 30 years for business. Why? Because I rarely watch them, and I...
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Speaking globish

I was driving home the other day and listened to an interview on the radio with a certain Jean-Paul Nerriere, who has written a book and "invented" a language called Globish. It appears that Globish refers to a simplified form of English which use...
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