Category Archives: Language Learning

All my posts about language learning issues, theory and helpful techniques… is there something you’d like to know?

How To Write Good Fiction: Insights From A Two-Year-Old

Believe it or not, but the dozen or so English phrases my almost-two-year-old grandson has mastered illustrate all the elements needed in the writing of good fiction. I recently spent about a week with Max and got to hear him … Continue reading

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Kan Yu Spel Gud?

A question on a LinkedIn forum got me to thinking. Christopher Knutson asked if the Roman alphabet was suitable for modern English, and if we needed a modern “spelling revolution” because of the inconsistencies. Good question! Some scholars have proposed … Continue reading

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Language and Identity

Check out my opinion essay published on The Pro Pinoy Project (Propinoy.net) It’s about language and identity and specifically, what it means to be “Filipino.” Can Philippine national identity be defined by a common language? Can the Philippines, with 7,107 … Continue reading

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Errors Aren’t So Bad

I’ve been a language learning consultant (“coach,” etc.) for about 25 years, helping people learn second (or third…) languages. Recently I was thinking about many of the principles of learning a new language and how they apply to writing. Writing is like … Continue reading

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