Category Archives: A Series about learning

Benny Lewis: The Irish Polyglot updated part 1

Benny Lewis calls himself as the Irish Polyglot.  He, like Kato Lomb, got nothing out of conventional language learning classes, but beginning with Spanish, he became self taught in a number of languages.  His website is here. I first came … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Learning: Using J to do more complicated formulas. Part 2

In the last post, we showed a simple formula for converting a Fahrenheit temperature to centigrade or Celsius temperature.   We compared it to the standard pencil and paper formula.  Okay, so the next step in learning J is to … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Learning: Using J to do more complicated formulas. Part 1

I recall when I was studying Turbo Pascal on my own, metric conversion programs were some of the earliest programs I learned to write.  The program that follows is very similar to those programs, in this case converting Fahrenheit temperatures … Continue reading

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Do-it-Yourself Learning: Creating unlimited practice problems in J for free, Part 3

There are many theories in the U.S. and the U.K. about teaching math:  New Math, Old Math, and Common Core.  The one thing the advocates of math teaching systems have in common is that, like all government bureaucrats, they assume … Continue reading

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Could the English written numbers be the source of our math learning woes? Part 2.

What is the  Cantonese number system that Stanislas Dehaene thinks so highly of? Below we have the Cantonese numbers rendered in Arabic Numerals and the Roman Alphabet.  This is not how they are used.  These Cantonese numbers  in every day … Continue reading

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Could the English written numbers be the source of our math learning woes? Part 1.

Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers discusses the significant advantages Asian children have in learning mathematics, beginning with remembering the numbers, counting, and doing simple arithmetic.  Gladwell  cites Stanislas Dehaene’s book The Number Sense  in which Dehaene discusses the brevity of … Continue reading

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DIY World English

Readers of an English Language blog such as this obviously have no need for this series of books, but this series, as far as I know, are the last remaining books in print from the “Through Pictures” series.  Ironically, this … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Learning: French Through Pictures

Here is the French edition of the “Through Pictures” series.  I bought this book used recently  from Amazon to compare it with the Spanish book.  It was published in 1974.  You can see, if you click on the cover, that … Continue reading

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Do-It_Yourself Learning: Languages through Stick figure Pictures

This book brings back fond memories.  My father got this book from a friend back in the 1950’s.  It was published in 1953.  Note the 35 cent price on the book!  Used copies are now selling for as much as … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Learning: How a Sixteen Year Old High School Student designed and built his own wooden home on wheels for $12,000.

As they used to say on Monty Python, “And now for something completely different.” I wanted to write about something else as a break between techniques for learning languages. I saw this article  at Off Grid World while looking for something … Continue reading

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