December 30, 2011 | Hebrew

Language Games on KLM Airplanes

On seatbacks, you can compete in Hindi, Japanese, Greek, and many other languages.

Yesterday Brandt and I returned to New York from Genoa. I studied hours and hours on the way home, trying to get back into the Hebrew groove. Bus from Genoa to Milan. No Flash, Because I Didn’t Think That…

January 7, 2012 | Hebrew

Flu Shots: Good for Language Learning

You can study through colds, but the flu is another story.

On January 1, I realized I forgot to get a flu shot this year. The reason I remembered on January 1 is that I came down with the flu. At first I thought it was food poisoning, but its persistence, and some…

February 4, 2012 | Hebrew

Studying and Overcaffeinated

Project update, plus a pretty silly language-learning ad.

It has been 29 days since my last blog entry and I have…studied. Multilingual Coffee at Aroma I really have, and every day. I just didn’t happen to blog about it, because life intruded, and while I love writing…

February 10, 2012 | Hebrew

Back to College

For an hour, I attend Columbia University.

On Wednesday I visited a first-year Hebrew class at Columbia University. I arranged this visit with Dr. Rina Kreitman, who is the Hebrew program coordinator for the department of MESAAS. Entrance, Columbia University MESAAS? I had to turn to Google…

February 13, 2012 | Hebrew

Field Trip: Borough Park

On a cold and blustery morning, I walk down New Utrecht Avenue.

I began studying Dutch two days ago, but I really wanted to squeeze in one more Hebrew-related activity before moving on. So yesterday I decided to go walk around Borough Park, a neighborhood in southwestern Brooklyn. I am nearly positive…

February 14, 2012 | Hebrew

Michael Erard on Hyperpolyglottery

In which I discuss a new book about language-learning superstars.

I found it extremely difficult to get through Michael Erard’s new book, Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners. And I mean that as the highest form of praise. Michael Erard’…