Language is Messy and So Should You!

A short time ago, I was on a trip with some friends. We rented a small house together and hung out. And one morning, while all of us were in the kitchen, I re-realized [not a typo] something about myself, namely that: I don’t like things half-done. So when I see someone cooking and trying…

Remember That You Are, Were and Will Always Be Human: Infinite in Possibility and Finite in Action

This entry is part 12 of 17 in the series The Art of War of Learning
This entry is part 24 of 26 in the series Timeboxing Trilogy

This entry is part 12 of 17 in the series The Art of War of LearningThis entry is part 24 of 26 in the series Timeboxing Trilogy“Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad” so said Prometheus, in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Masque of Pandora” (1875). For AJATT purposes, I would change that to read:…

Don’t Be A Murderous Mother Language Learner

So there are two broad “failure modes” for language-learners, whether or not they’re autodidacts: Absentee Father (Deadbeat Dead): Showing up too rarely Murderous Mother (Susan Smith): Present, but violent and cruel and doing everything wrong. These metaphors are both really dark, but, you already know I’m into that. And if you didn’t know, then now…

i+1

“…for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength” [Mosiah 4] goo.gl/oDRXko Japanese doesn’t require us to be superhuman. She only wants us to show up. We don’t have to know everything about her, just the next thing. Learning is nothing but a process of connecting what you don’t…