Category Archives: A Series about learning

Memories of a Moonless Night

Thanks to Danail Obreschkow for the You Tube I saw this video last week, which  brought back memories of my childhood. Those memories came from the year 1957-58 when I nearly died twice, but that’s another story for another time … Continue reading

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Now For Something Completely Different,

As they used to say on Monty Python.  An old saying  “when pigs fly”  was a sarcastic way of saying something was impossible and ridiculous.  But what about “when dogs fly”  Well, dogs don’t  have wings either, but can they learn to … Continue reading

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David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers

I’ve done my share of reviewing of books and music on Amazon’s site, but I’ve been giving more attention lately to my site.  I’ve also been busy writing my own book.  This book was a gift, so I’ll give it … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Fats Waller and Art Tatum

Tonight, I’m featuring a comparison between two versions of the song, Georgia On My Mind.  The same song played by Fats Waller and then by Art Tatum. Art Tatum was blind.  He  played piano exclusively by ear, and what an … Continue reading

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Matrix Multiplication Algebra

I wouldn’t wish pencil and paper matrix multiplication algebra on my worst enemy.  Well, on second thought……  Anyway, Michael Kelley describes it as, “The trickiest thing you’ll need to do with matrices.”  In Kelley’s Algebra, Chapter 9, pg 118-120, he … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Language Learning: the Good and Bad of the Pimsleur Method

The goal of the Pimsleur  method is to teach the spoken language without an accent.   The method claims that you learn to speak as a baby learns the native language. I think it is a worthy goal to learn … Continue reading

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Do It Yourself Learning: the Kató Lomb method revisited.

I had some difficulty but I found a pair of novels I could use for the Kató Lomb method in Swedish.  Since I already know some Swedish and can be reasonably understood (although some of my relatives claim I speak Swedish … Continue reading

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Back to Benny Lewis the Irish Polyglot

After getting that business off my chest about  the prison POW, gulag, or concentration camp style public school lunches (opps, I’ve violated Godwin’s law), I wanted to get back to Benny Lewis, the Irish Polyglot.  I had a few more … Continue reading

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Benny Lewis – The Irish Polyglot – Part 3: What is the Irish Language?

You say, “I thought the Irish spoke English?”  They do. But it is not the original language of the Celtic peoples of the British Isles as depicted on the map:   Irish (Green), Scots(Blue), Manx (the tiny dot of Orange … Continue reading

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Benny Lewis — Irish Polyglot — Part Two What is Esperanto?

One of the languages Benny Lewis studied was Esperanto.  Esperanto was the brain child of  by Ludwig Zamenhof, according to this article in Wikipedia: Esperanto was created in the late 1870s and early 1880s by Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof, an ophthalmologist … Continue reading

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