Category Archives: Learning a Second Language

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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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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No, I’m not sending you a coded message, although  there is a message in this post.  We often hear that some foreign languages are more difficult than others.  There are some that are more intimidating than others, mostly because there … 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 Language Learning: What do others who have tried the Lomb Method say about it?

The blogger at Language Fixation  says that he has used it successfully in German but had trouble with Swedish.  In Swedish, he chose Stieg Larsson’s book  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish title: Man som hatter kvinnor  which literally … Continue reading

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