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Book Review: Beginning Hittite

Beginning Hittite, by Warren H. Held, Jr., William R. Schmalstieg, and Janet E. Gertz If you are somewhat familiar with ancient studies, you will no doubt have some understanding of the self-education process by which people can learn a little … Continue reading

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On The Asymmetry Of Predator Love: Part One

It is remarkable that I know of no word in any language that deals with the phenomenon of predator-love.  Yet the phenomenon is something that we all understand at least viscerally.  Human beings are perhaps the only predatory species that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Teach Yourself Portuguese Grammar

Teach Yourself Portuguese Grammar, by Sue Tyson-Ward One of the advantages, if it can be called that, to trying to learn a language where there is a distinct lack of formal education in the United States is the creativity that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Complete Portuguese: The Basics

Complete Portuguese:  The Basics, by Jura D. Oliveira & Oscar Fernandez This book is a straightforward guide to teaching the basics of Portuguese, and although the book doesn’t have a lot in the way of frills, it has a lot … Continue reading

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Book Review: 50 Ways To Improve Your Portuguese

50 Ways To Improve Your Portuguese, by Helena Tostevin and Manuela Cook When it comes to books that talk about learning languages there are a variety of approaches that one can have.  Some books are relentlessly focused on specific parts … Continue reading

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The Problem Of Pronouns

One of the more awkward social situations I have been involved in–and this is saying something given my general awkwardness as a human being [1]–was when I attended a meeting on privilege and the people organizing the event had everyone … Continue reading

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Book Review: Portuguese For Dummies

Portuguese For Dummies, by Karen Keller I have to admit that I have a soft spot for the dummies series, despite (or maybe because of) the fact that I do not consider myself particularly a dummy of any kind [1].  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Getting Started In Portuguese

Getting Started In Portuguese, by Sue Tyson-Ward I have to admit that this review will be colored a bit by the fact that it comes with a cd that I was unable to use because I don’t happen to have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Basic Portuguese

Basic Portuguese, by Sue Tyson-Ward It is always interesting to me to see how different books approach the issue of learning languages.  How does one learn best?  This particular book does a good job at presenting a goodly bit of … 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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