Украинский кризис

Posted on | July 25, 2014 | No Comments

В начале года, я начал следить за развитием украинского кризиса. Меня поражает то, что, западные и российские СМИ противоречат друг друга очень сильно.

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The Ukrainian Crisis

Posted on | July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Early this year, I got hooked onto following the development on the Ukrainian crisis. I have been amazed on how much the Western and Russian media contradict each other.

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Introducing Langscript

Posted on | March 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

I have recently created a simple browser-based synchronized audio-text reader for language learning purposes. I have checked out some other synchronized audio-text readers available on the web, but none of them seems to have sentence-level synchronization and at the same time support multiple translations. Out of frustration, I wrote my own.

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The Cost of French Tutoring

Posted on | January 25, 2014 | No Comments

In the past few months, I had the chance to organize tutoring sessions for some French Immersion students, and had been contacting and interviewing a lot of French tutors. I was amazed to learn how expensive many of these tutors were charging.

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Conversation Summary: Russian #5

Posted on | January 20, 2014 | No Comments

A new year has begun (and half a month is already gone). This year, I have made a resolution to simply speak more. For one thing, I am going to do more conversations with online tutors. I also think it would be a good idea to write a mini-summary after each conversation, if possible. So here comes my fifth Russian conversion with a tutor, the first one in the year 2014.

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R Blends

Posted on | January 10, 2014 | No Comments

“Today, we went through some R blend words”, reported the English tutor. “Do you know what R blends are?”. I replied “No”.

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Russians Do Smile

Posted on | December 21, 2013 | No Comments

Russians are known not to smile much. In particular, they do not smile at strangers or people who are not close to them. They consider this as impolite.

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Language Learning and Insanity

Posted on | December 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, I came across a post in one of the language learning forums. Someone asked for advice on improving his Russian accent. Despite clearly stating that he had been trying for a long time to listen and repeat but did not improve a lot, he was advised by a few others to keep listening and practicing.

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Learning a language – It’s too hard for me!

Posted on | November 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

(Based on a true story)

A Canadian-born Chinese girl appealed to her mother: “Mom, I don’t want to learn Chinese.”

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Accelerative Integrated Method

Posted on | July 25, 2013 | 6 Comments

“It is a wonderful system. Kids love it! Not a single word of English from day one. You cannot imagine how fast they can progress. Kids are already reading materials that are 2 levels above them. There is a grade 6 student who did her research work, completely in French. All parents are happy. The schools are already replacing their core French programs with AIM”.

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