My daily Hungarian battle plan

November 20, 2014
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It took me a fair amount of time but I think I found a workable study plan for Hungarian. As there are considerably less available materials, I needed all the help I could get. Compared to French, I am having a more difficult time with this language, mainly because it is so different from the languages…

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Christmas wish list 2014

December 16, 2014
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Christmas wish list 2014

I am really trying to reduce the number of items on my Christmas wish list, and that means I won’t wish for the Harry Potter set with redesigned covers. But the below are the bare essentials of gift giving to me. So when you pay…

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Language learning backlog :(

December 8, 2014
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Language learning backlog :(

I was away for a 2-week vacation (too short!) and while I did try to study a bit every day, I let things slip. Most of the time, I just sleep without cracking open the Duolingo or Memrise apps on my phone. When I checked…

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My first French lesson on italki!

November 24, 2014
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My first French lesson on italki!

Today, I had my very first italki session with a French teacher. I was so nervous that I actually thought of rescheduling. Plus, I have a headache since after lunch so I wasn’t feeling too well. But I thought I had to suck it up…

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CNA Language Exchange

November 18, 2014
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WARNING:  Before watching, make sure you are alone at home (and not at work, school or any public place). Also, you need tissues. LOTS of it. This project brings the concept of language exchange to a whole new level. Why just learn a language when…

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Shelfie: what does your bookshelf say about you?

November 16, 2014
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Yeah, I don’t do selfies. I do shelfies and my bookshelf screams: language NERD! As if that needs any confirmation. I still have more books and stuff for languages like Spanish, German and Korean but I have them in a box in the laundry cage…

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Former Growling Tiger Rey Evangelista’s Purefoods jersey retired

November 10, 2014
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The Purefoods franchise in the PBA has retired the jersey of former UST standout Rey Evangelista! What an honor! He joins superstars Alvin Patrimonio and Jerry Codinera as the only Purefoods players whose jerseys were retired. That means Rey is ASTIIIIIIIG, eh? Rey was part…

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Friday Photo: Koi pond

November 7, 2014
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Friday Photo: Koi pond

My neighborhood has a pond outside the clubhouse but I never noticed these koi until recently. I did see frogs, not fish. Maybe I was merely looking, not observing, not realizing what is there in front of me, not appreciating. Note to self: stop and…

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The Great Language Game

November 6, 2014
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The Great Language Game

Language lovers, here is a fun challenge for all of you! Can you guess which language is spoken in each item? My best score was only 600 but I was surprised at how I can easily recognize Czech — I never studied a word of…

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November Rain (La Pluie de Novembre) by Guns N’ Roses

November 4, 2014
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In language learning, it is important to find materials that interest you. When I was learning Japanese, I was so into Japanese rock and pop music. I still am! I used to translate Gackt and GLAY songs and frequented Music21 to sing their songs. It…

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Benny the Irish Polyglot speaks and sings in Tagalog!

November 3, 2014
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This is an old video of one of my most favourite polyglots, Benny Lewis — more popularly known as the Irish Polyglot. He visited the Philippines for a couple of months. He’s been to Manila, Puerto Galera and Cebu and in this video, he is…

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Team Xtina vs Team Pharrell

November 2, 2014
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Jesse Campbell and Anthony Evans from Team Xtina did “If I Ain’t Got You” for their Battleround pairing. This happened a few seasons ago on The Voice but it has not faded in my mind at all. For me, this has to be the most…

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Friday Photo: Engrish menu

October 31, 2014
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Friday Photo: Engrish menu

Yesterday, my friends and I went to U7 in Venice Piazza for something new for merienda. I happened to see something that didn’t make sense. The menu said “Source not included”. Source? Source…ah! In Tagalog, hindi daw kasama ang sawsawan!! But in fairness to them,…

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Manila is cool!

October 30, 2014
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Manila has always gotten a bad rap in the tourism scene: too much traffic and pollution, too many people, blah blah blah. But as someone who was born and raised in the capital, I always go on the defensive whenever someone maligns Manila (especially if…

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Rude – Matt Steffanina choreography

October 29, 2014
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Been listening to this song since last month. While I liked the original, I really loved Zedd’s EDM remix. Then I just had to discover this dance video by Matt Steffanina. At first, I wasn’t feeling it. I mean, a reggae song with hiphop? Then…

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