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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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Book Review: The Everything Essential Brazilian Portuguese Book

The Everything Essential Brazilian Portuguese Book, by Fernanda Ferreira In general, I have to say that this is a well-organized book for those who want a basic understanding of Portuguese.  I’m not sure exactly how many people are looking for … Continue reading

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