I was asked how I find the time to learn languages. Let's look at my recent efforts to learn Korean. I believe that you need to go at language learning in concentrated periods of relatively intense effort. These can be two or three months long. Ea...Read more Finding the time
Attitude is key in language learning. I say it accounts for 70% of a person's success in learning a new language. I discuss the many different aspects of a successful language learner's attitude in my book, The Linguist, available form our website...Read more The frustration of not understanding
It might be because I enjoy so many different languages and cultures, that I am against the modern ideology of multiculturalism. If every country became multicultural, all cultures would disappear or blend into one. I think that each country shoul...Read more Multiculturalism
First of all thanks to the blog reader who pointed out an error in one of my posts. Running a blog is a new experience for me. In a way it is a lonely experience. There is very little interaction with the readers. I do not know what kind of posts ...Read more What interests people?
We have been enjoying some warm spring weather in Vancouver and it sure picks up everyone’s spirits. The temperature does not vary dramatically from season to season in Vancouver . Winter temperatures rarely go below zero centigrade. Sometimes, ev...Read more Spring, joy and language learning
My wife is away in Toronto visiting her 89 year old mother. Next month I will go to Europe.One main purpose is to visit my 93 year old uncle in Sweden with whom I am very close. I guess we are all getting older. Tonight I went to dinner in a small...Read more My community has changed
The last few days have been splendid. I sit in my house and look out at the ocean, the sun dancing off the dark blue peaceful waters of our inland sea, as the sun prepares to set behind the mountains. The colour of the water is deep, and I am remi...Read more Enjoying Vancouver
There have been two comments on the subject of pronunciation and intonation. These both came from Hong Kong from Cantonese speakers who have a high level of fluency in English but who want to achieve as close as possible to native speaker pronunci...Read more Intonation and pronunciation