Annual Vacation: I will return June 5

It’s vacation time! I will be traveling through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey for the next two weeks. I won’t have much (cheap/free) internet access after Sunday so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to update the blog while I’m gone and I will be even further behind on replying to e-mails. […]


Top 100 Language Lovers Blogs: Voting Starts Today at Lexiophiles

Lexiophiles’ Language Lovers 2011 competition is now open for voting. This year the four categories are: – Language Learning Blogs – Language Professionals Blogs – Language Facebook Pages – Language Twitterers Since I won 3rd place overall last year (in the Top 100 Language Blogs) and 2nd place in the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs, my blog was automatically […]


Thank You André and Rest in Peace

My father-in-law, André, passed away yesterday. He was a very kind man and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. A few months ago, he helped contribute to the French Listening Resources mp3s by answering a few questions on French cuisine, traveling around the world and France’s national holiday. I hope that his words, spoken with his […]


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French Language Tutorial (2nd edition) Now Available

The 2nd edition of French Language Tutorial is now available! Changes from the first edition: Much more vocabulary and sample sentences, such as asking for help, giving advice, expressing opinions, likes & dislikes, etc. New order of topics with cross-references (clickable within the PDF) for easier review of previous vocabulary Conjugations in present, past (imperfect) […]


Numbers and Counting: American vs. French

I’m still endlessly fascinated by cultural differences between the US/North America and France/Europe that most people probably don’t spend much time thinking about. A McDonald’s commercial on French TV got me thinking about numbers and counting in other languages and cultures.  You learn quickly that Europe uses the 24 hour clock for schedules and the […]


Comparative Grammar of the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Languages

Comparative Grammar of the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Languages

Comparative Grammar of the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Languages My new favorite book: Comparative Grammar of the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Languages by Edwin A. Notley Published in 1868! 400 pages of comparative goodness. Verb conjugations (we really should bring back thou hadst and the T-V distinction in English!) There’s even vocabulary at the […]


Female Polyglots and Language Learners – Where Are You?

The lovely Susanna, author of Language is Music, and I were talking about the lack of female polyglots online even though most language classes have higher enrollment of women than men and many language teachers are female rather than male. Most polyglots online – especially on YouTube – are men and we can’t seem to […]


Getting Used to Being an American Abroad (and Realizing that 30 Degrees is Hot)

The weather has been gorgeous in France this past week and I’ve been looking at the forecast everyday hoping that the sunshine sticks around for a while. Yet every time I watch the météo on TV or check the prévisions on meteofrance.com, I always have to stop for a moment and convert the Celcius degrees […]


Recent Foreign Language and Traveling News

Some interesting articles and websites on foreign languages and traveling that I’ve come across in the past week or two: In Troubled Spain, Boom Times for Foreign Languages: more Spaniards learning languages in order to find jobs abroad Scandinavians Rule, Russians Low in English Language Skills: ranking the proficiency of English among 44 countries and […]