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Book Review: Long Live Latin

Long Live Latin: The Pleasures Of A Useless Language, by Nicola Gardini This is a book written by someone who, like many classicists, is greatly interested in the Latin language and desirous to interest other people in so being as … Continue reading

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Book Review: Klengen Dictionnare: Fransceich-Letzebuergesch

Klengen Dictionnare: Fransceich-Letzebuergesch, by Actioun-Lezebuergesch One can learn a fair amount about a language by looking at its dictionaries.  This dictionary generally begins with the French and then contains the equivalent word or expression in Luxembourgish.  This is unsurprising given … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lëtzebuergesch fir all Dag. Lektiounen 9-16

Lëtzebuergesch fir all Dag. Lektiounen 9-16, by  Guy Bentner & Frederic Noens One of the interesting aspects of seeing material like this is the way that in a rather small number of lessons (16), the authors assume that the reader … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lëtzebuergesch fir all Dag. Lektiounen 1-8

Lëtzebuergesch fir all Dag. Lektiounen 1-8, by  Guy Bentner & Frederic Noens It is difficult to figure out who exactly this book is for.  The fact that I am reading it and enjoyed the book and what it had to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Collins’ Portuguese Dictionary & Grammar

Collins’ Portuguese Dictionary & Grammar It’s good to have a useful dictionary.  As a child, I was made fun of for reading dictionaries, a habit I have continued well into my adulthood, but those who make fun of those who … Continue reading

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Book Review: 501 Portuguese Verbs

501 Portuguese Verbs, by John J. Nitti and Michael J. Ferreira I love random verb lists and other types of word lists [1], perhaps more than most people.  So when I say that this book is precisely the sort of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Language Hacking: French

Language Hacking:  French, by Benny Lewis I must admit that I find learning about languages to be a deeply interesting thing [1]. and as I am going to some Caribbean islands, a few of which speak French rather than English, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Figures & Figurations

Figures And Figurations, by Octavio Paz and Marie Josè Paz, translted by Eliot Weinberger This is an odd book, but it is odd in a good way and not a bad way, a way that is intriguing and not a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Catalan

Teach Yourself Catalan:  A Complete Course For Beginners, by Alan Yates This is the sort of book that would be best in association with a formal course on Catalan, but since those are few and far between then books like … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Story Of Yiddish

The Story Of Yiddish:  How A Mish-Mosh Of Languages Saved The Jews, by Neal Karlen My own relationship with Judaism and the Jewish culture have long been deeply ambivalent and complicated.  Belonging from birth to an religious tradition that has … Continue reading

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