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  1. Some things to explore:

    This is a really neat app that lets you listen to radio around the world.

    Radio Garden


    Women in Language (March 4-7). An online event with a $29 fee. I think you have to enroll while the event is active, but you can view the recorded talks later.


    P.S. I obviously should no longer be relied upon to start a monthly thread. Sorry. 

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  2. 19 hours ago, Quill said:

    Is @Penguin around? She has started these language threads in the past. 

    Yes, I am still around although I have obviously not been very active. 

    @cintinativeI am glad that you took on starting the thread. I didn’t really mean to ghost on everyone, but life has been a bit complicated lately. 

    Languages are actually a nice diversion and a balm at the moment. 

    Everyone should listen to @Matryoshka when she talks about Lingua Llama! It is a friendly place with lots of options.

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  3. @Loesje22000Thanks to all those lovely trips to the Netherlands (and one very lucky ebay purchase of Lekturama’s Luister Sprookjes)  I have plenty to read in Dutch. And this year I am determined to do it! And now that I have the weekly convo practice I am feeling motivated again. 

    @Quill If you are managing to do anything optional in the midst of adjusting to full time employment, I am super impressed. Then again, I think you are one of the most organized people I know 🙂



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  4. 6 hours ago, Loesje22000 said:

    @Matryoshka would that make 18h in GMT+1 ?

    I think so, yes. You are six hours ahead of us.

    I know what you mean about pondering your reasons for learning a language. I will likely never visit Norway again. I want to read these tales in the original Norwegian but I’m not sure if I’ll continue reading much Norwegian after that. Access to books is part of the problem.

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  5. I'm still working on Danish, Latin, and Dutch. I spent quite a bit of time exploring Norwegian in November, and I'm trying to decide what to do with that. I think the best thing now would be to read the Danish version of a book in parallel with the Norwegian. It took me a ridiculous amount of time, but I have finally located both Danish and Norwegian versions of the famous Norwegian folk/fairy tales by Asbjørnsen and Moe. I've already read these in English, which helps. 


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  6. Maybe I shouldn't be, but I am surprised that someone would go to Robin with a complaint about a BaW post and expect her to moderate that. 


    I haven't really been reading many books and have instead been playing around with languages that I can't yet read well. But I have read a few things since I last posted about my books. I don't think I have posted about any of these before - my apologies if I am repeating myself.

    Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongsen. This is a mix of biography/memoir/gender study/music criticism. That's a lot to pack into 138 pages, but it did a good job. The author, originally from the Philippines, comes from a family of musicians and she was named after Karen Carpenter. I really enjoyed this book and followed it up with a Karen Carpenter YouTube binge.

    On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. This was wildly popular on the left in 2017, and I wasn't sure how it would read in 2020. But, as someone concerned about the state of democracy, I found it perfectly suited to right now.  This is also a very short book, and I have now read both of Timothy Snyder's short books (the other one was Our Malady). I would like to read his longer works about Eastern Europe.

    Dracula by Bram Stoker. It took me longer than it should have to get through this, but I was very distracted in November. As it turns out, I did not really know the story of Dracula at all! I feel so enlightened now!

    Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. I have read a selection of anti-racism books this year, and this was easily the best written of the batch. I look forward to reading more of her work. @Dreamergal I also learned quite a bit about India from this book. 


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  7. I am having the same thought experiment, Quill. I did look at the .gov site last night, and I think it addressed what one should do if one gets a ping, but I can’t remember right now what it said. I’ll see if I can find it again. 

    What will happen to me if I turn it on?

    I would not get a false sense of security. No way. The people who go maskless and flaunt health guidelines won’t even consider turning it on.

    If it used location services, I think I would be pinged constantly. I live in an urban setting. I don’t need daily false alarms because someone outside stood still for 15 minutes. But bluetooth? That might be ok. My wireless headphones lose the bluetooth signal with a wall between me and the device. I’d like my line of thinking corrected if I misunderstand the technology.

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