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June Language Update – What update?

July 7, 2015
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June Language Update – What update?

June was very mean to me. May too. But especially June. I was snowed under with tons of work — I am not complaining. I love what I do at the office, and I get great feedback with my work. But things started to pick up in May then became a full-blown monster in June.…

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My head is full of languages

April 6, 2015
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Over the long weekend, I was assessing my language goals and came up with a short list of the things that I want to learn. The first list, these are the languages that I need to learn by 2015. That is roughly one language each year. Then, the next list contains languages that I am…

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Burnout, baby, burnout!

March 18, 2015
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Or, the original title: Language learning update – week ending 15 March Japanese On days that I badly needed some extra sleep minutes, I would begin to think that this whole JLPT N1 thing was a bad idea…just 3 weeks in and I am starting to dread my flashcards. I have got 18 decks for…

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Magsalita ka ba ng Tagalog, pare?

March 17, 2015
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Here is an awesome video of the wonderful Moses McCormick speaking Tagalog with Damion, his student. “Kawiliwili” — I think this is Moses’ favourite Tagalog word!! And Damion, wow, this guy knows a lot already!! Talaga? Magaganda ang babae sa Pilipinas? Hahaha. Seriously, love love love Moses and his method, FLR. These guys are wonderful…

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Language learning update – March 8

March 11, 2015
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Language learning update – March 8

Ta-daaa! Look who made it through week 2. And only one black item. Whew. I am getting used to a routine and it’s not so bad. In general, I tend to keep Japanese in the morning and Hungarian in the afternoon. In the evening, I try to brush up on items by “watering” things on…

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I love Ewann McGregor!

March 8, 2015
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Here is a commercial for ING, featuring the awesome Ewan Mcgregor — who decided to change his name to “Ewann” Of course, I didn’t understand what he said in Hungarian — but he made the language even sexier than it already is :)  Here is the link, see his awesomeness for yourself: http://index.hu/mindekozben/poszt/2015/03/03/ekes_magyar_nyelven_segit_eligazodni_ewan_mcgregor_a_biztosito_nevvaltasaban/

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Language learning update – Week ending 1 March 2015

March 3, 2015
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Language learning update – Week ending 1 March 2015

As I said previously, I have re-evaluated my language goals and have put together a daily plan to ensure that I am on track with these goals. My reaction to this first week? Whew! I survived!! It wasn’t easy, especially at the end of the weekday, when for some unknown reason, work started to pour in.…

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Super Language Overhaul

February 23, 2015
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Super Language Overhaul

I have a confession: I don’t think I would succeed in my very first italki challenge. It was going well and I had this plan of taking 5 sessions of French first, then Hungarian second. I finished all my sessions for basic French almost midway into the challenge. Then after that, I booked another package…

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JLPT now twice a year in the Philippines in 2015

February 10, 2015
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I was just thinking of the exam today and how I really need to start studying soon. Ogata-sensei explicitly told me to take the N1 exam in 2015, instead of proctoring every year Ack. But probably not N1… ============================== The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) finally goes twice a year in the Philippines (Manila, Cebu and…

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Reality

January 14, 2015
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I don’t usually like consecutive music posts on my blog but this has been my earworm for the past several days. Yes, it’s your fault, Prince Turo Rudi I’ve listened to this song countless of times before but I didn’t know what its title was. Anyway, I found a Japanese translation of the song. The…

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Happy 2015!

January 1, 2015
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Happy 2015!

Whew! It was a whirlwind in 2014! I didn’t realise how much has happened until I narrated my entire year to my surfing sister, Desiree. Last year was big, fast and fun. I feel that 2015 will even be bigger, faster and more awesome! To start the year right, I signed up for the italki…

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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 it this weekend, I nearly had a heart attack! The…

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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 and get this over and done with. After all, the…

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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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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 you can also touch lives and connect with other people?…

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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 and I am too lazy to dig them up ^^;;…

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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 it. Weird watch out for the Tagalog one! Good luck!…

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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 speaking in Tagalog then goes on to sing the Tagalog…

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My first italki-Skype chat with a Hungarian language partner

October 22, 2014
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My italki Notebook - my first entries! See the mistakes I made?

Last month, I signed up with italki because all my favourite polygots were talking about it. But I got overwhelmed by the sheer number of people in the site so I logged out and forgot about it. But this month, I was re-evaluating my language goals and thought I needed some more structure that can…

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Nihongo Center Foundation Open House 2014

September 29, 2014
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Nihongo Center Foundation Open House 2014

The Nihongo Center Foundation invites everyone to the Annual Open House to be held at the Makati school. Get the chance to experience Japanese culture for free by participating in various activities like origami, sumo, calligraphy and kimono/yukata wearing. For more information, please leave a comment or call the school directly via the numbers listed below.…

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Easy French proficiency test at France Pub

August 27, 2014
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Easy French proficiency test at France Pub

I took this test at France Pub and was pleasantly surprised at my results: I haven’t really done a lot of studying on the verb tenses and they were in the test. Glad I got 80% Test your French level HERE

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90-day language challenge – update #1

August 15, 2014
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90-day language challenge – update #1

The first 10 days of my 90-day language challenge was not easy. Not surprising, of course. In the beginning, I was struggling to find the time to do all 3. Despite this, I still managed to find pockets of extra time during the day for language learning. During my commute, during my evening jog, after…

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90-day language challenge times three!

July 31, 2014
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90-day language challenge times three!

Whew! July flew by so fast and tomorrow is August 1st. Excuse the lack of updates as things have been so crazy this month. One, I moved to a new house. Yay! I am a homeowner! Two, I started teaching again. Three, things have been pretty busy at the office, but nothing the team can’t…

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Mini Magyar update: Starting over again

July 22, 2014
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Mini Magyar update: Starting over again

This is a long overdue update on my Hungarian lessons. Update? What update? For weeks, I put Hungarian (and Japanese) on the back burner while I concentrated on French. I must admit that I am struggling a bit with the language because: 1) it is so different from the languages I know. The vocabulary and…

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French progress: week of 7-13 July 2014

July 14, 2014
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French progress: week of 7-13 July 2014

Earlier this month, I decided to intensify studying French and scale back on Japanese and Hungarian. I used to spend an equal amount of time and effort in all 3 languages. But the divide-and-conquer strategy wasn’t working too well for me, especially with my busy work schedule. I felt that I am making great progress…

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