Saturday, 19 May 2018


Without establishing an timeline, I simply started implementing my original 10 steps. No doubt more steps, or sub-steps, shall suggest themselves. Or be suggested by Mami and/or others. But that’s as may be.

I changed the name of my blog from ‘Every language I like’ to ‘Languages berserker mode’. I established a Facebook group of that name. I wrote up a draft of my mission statement. And I got hold of a suitable picture for a banner: a photograph of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

This is how you do it folks! (Here I’m talking to myself.) You just get stuck in!

Friday, 18 May 2018


My vision is of establishing a fraternity of people interested in acquiring languages using radically better methods. I have a rough framework in mind of blogging, vlogging, communal exchange via social media and membership. And so yesterday I came up with a series of steps. Now to put those to dates—a timeline.

I tweeted Stephen Krashen too. I’d found an interesting article by John Michael Greer that discussed reading and standardized testing: The taste of another’s thoughts. In the middle of reading it I sent him the link. Twice.

By the way, I haven’t seen my mp3 player recently.

Thursday, 17 May 2018


Finish the book, I thought to myself. Finish reading this Harry Bosch novel in Dutch, then go on to another, in another language if you want. Show some decorum. Show some respect.

It is possible to flit about from one language to another. It can be done. It can be managed. But is it wise?

Heinrich Schliemann claimed to learn a new language in 6 weeks, during which he went through an entire book twice. He’d spend a couple or so weeks on the one book, on the one language therefore.

Maybe it’s time for me to act less unseemly.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


Two helpful fellow staff members demonstrated to me yesterday how to use a coffee machine. Now, that may not seem to be on topic—language learning—yet I would argue that it is. And so might Stephen Krashen. Yesterday I also heard him state that it is only after his third cup of the morning that he feels less than 100 years old.

I’m starting to feel better too about the literacy and numeracy embedding course that I’m starting. There’s the potential to turn it into something useful.

Witness my transforming the confusion around kanji alphabetical order into a positive.