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Tuesday, 1 January 2019


I spent a couple of hours on the first day of the year  2019 – trying to find logs, journals and diaries kept by people about their own language learning experiences. There aren’t many. Most are commercial in nature. They want you to join their list. They wish to sell you their product. They are convinced that they have the secret, and that they know how to share it.

In short, there ain’t no fraternity out there on the Internet along the lines of language learning mutual support. Which only goes to show that the (a non-commercial one) opportunity exists!

Sunday, 30 December 2018


At the end of 2018—well anyway, in a couple of days—I return to my languages project! How long has it been? I won’t know until I update my blog.

I have a new idea, a new year solution as it were. I’m going to kick off Languages Arena according to a brainwave that I dreamt today.

I’m going to motivate myself and others with a simple and straightforward plan of attack. Tomorrow morning, I’ll start laying the foundations. I’m going, as I lamented that I hadn’t in post 706, to satisfy myself primarily, and in doing so others.

Saturday, 29 September 2018


These days I write only when I have something to say. As a general principle that is ideal. However, from the standpoint of a keystone habit, it is not. So I’m thinking about stopping up the gap.

I’ve a couple of options. One is Amachan. It’s a Japanese series that ran on morning TV 15 minutes at a time. There are about 150 episodes—plenty to keep me busy.

The other is a horror-story podcast. It would be cool to transcribe—correcting the automatically generated Japanese text. 

The point is to engage in regular activity of my choice. Keystone habit.

Saturday, 22 September 2018


In 1953 Vicars Bell published On Learning the English Tongue. And in 2018, I read it. Of course, some aspects of the book are dated, but overall it is relevant. I found it a surprisingly good read.

Elsewhere I shall post a summary. I find that the book and its ideas fit well within the literacy and numeracy embedding rant that I’m working on. There’s valuable material that I can use to refute some of the assumptions that underlie ‘modern’ educational theory.

I visited the Wikipedia article on VicarsBell and corrected the category in which this book was entered.