Category Archives: Self Education

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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 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: The Lomb Method in French.

  The best way to start out in a language would be with a simple book, perhaps  a children’s book either in English translated into the target language or a book in the target language translated into English.  In French, … Continue reading

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Do it Yourself Learning: Dr. Kató Lomb, the Polyglot and learning second languages

  Dr.  Kató Lomb (1909-2003) studied languages later in her life than usual.  Yet, she became the world’s most multilingual woman, learning to interpret and translate in 16 different languages at her peak.    In school and college, she did … Continue reading

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Do It Yourself Learning: Make sure the eyes and ears are good to go.

Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer (1927-1959) is the boy pictured in this post.  He was a child star better known as Alfalfa.  He was part of the Hal Roach Children’s Comedy troop who made the Our Gang films, which were later known as the … Continue reading

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Mortgage debacle caused by consumers with poor math skills?

In part, so says an article I read this morning  at Real Clear Science.  The author, Ross Pomeroy, claims that at least one reason for the mortgage meltdown and the high foreclosure rate are the poor math skills of the … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: What is a piano roll?

As we saw in the last post, the player piano has a top roller that feeds the piano roll across the sensor bar to the pickup roll below. The piano roll was made of paper that was punched with holes. … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: Combining the Old With the New with Synthesia

When I was on Facebook, I posted this video on what would have been my mother’s 103rd birthday.  It is from an old piano roll of the 1920’s popular song, Whispering.  It was one of her early favorites.  The piano … Continue reading

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