Oslo, Bergen and fjords in Norway

Part 3 of Vacation 2014: Norway I’m not going to lie: Norway is really as expensive as everyone says it is. The exchange rate may be a tiny better than for the Swedish krone, yet you still end up spending more money. A single adult ticket on the public transportation system costs 30 NOK. That’s […]


Celebrating Midsummer in Sweden

Part 2 of Vacation 2014: Sweden We had one day in Stockholm and two full days in Göteborg / Gothenburg where we celebrated Midsommar / Midsummer on June 20. Yes, I did dance around the maypole with my Swedish friend. Stockholm can be done in one day, but I wish we had more time there. […]


Finno-Ugric Fun: Finland and Estonia

Part 1: Finno-Ugric Fun in Finland and Estonia Vacation 2014 began and ended with conference presentations in Paris and Oslo, so naturally I also had to travel to countries I had never been to before in Europe. I decided to start in Finland before heading over to Sweden and Norway, with a day trip to […]


Mundolingua: Museum of Languages and Linguistics in Paris

I was recently in Paris to present at a conference and I was finally able to check out Mundolingua, a museum of languages and linguistics that opened last year. It’s on Rue Servandoni in the 6th, just south of Saint Sulpice.   The first fun/nerdy thing to play with is this interactive IPA chart. Press […]


Undeciphered Scripts: Rongorongo on Easter Island

As a new assistant editor of the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies as well as a new associate curator of the Easter Island, Myths and Popular Culture international exhibition, I am exposed to a wide range of interesting topics related to the South Pacific. My latest fascination involves rongorongo, a system of glyphs […]


Mutual Intelligibility between English and Scots

Frisian is often cited as the language that is closest to English, but Scots is actually closer (i.e. has a higher degree of mutual intelligibility with English). Not Scottish English, which is a variety of English, or Scottish Gaelic, which is actually a Celtic rather than a Germanic language, but Lowland Scots. There are just […]


Foreign Income on US Taxes plus Foreign Bank Account and Affordable Care Act Filing Requirements

Foreign Income on US Taxes – Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

Updated with figures for 2015 tax returns and forms for the Affordable Care Act. Spoiler Alert: Having foreign income may increase your overall tax amount AND your monthly premiums for health insurance during the year you move to/from the US. Reminder for Americans with foreign income: Declare all foreign income on US taxes! For most English […]


Peace Corps Language Learning Materials

Free Peace Corps Language Learning Materials: Over 100 Languages Available

Peace Corps Language Learning Materials If you love free public domain language learning resources as much as I do, then check out the Peace Corps Language Courses Archive. Live Lingua has a large collection of Peace Corps manuals teaching languages ranging from Acholi to Zarma (over 100 languages are available!) and some also include audio […]


How to Learn Languages by Reading Interlinear Books

How to Learn Languages by Reading Interlinear Books

Linas is a language learning enthusiast who founded InterlinearBooks.com. His project aims to make literature more accessible to language learners. He wrote this guest post to introduce the concept of learning with Interlinear books. If you have been reading this blog, you probably already know Jennie has strongly supported listening and reading to learn languages, and she […]


North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain

Auxiliares de Conversación norteamericanos en España If you are a US or Canadian citizen who would like to teach English at public schools in Spain, the North American Language and Culture Assistants program accepts applications from January to April. Canadian applicants whose first language is French can also apply to teach French instead of English. This program […]