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Does Duolingo Work?

If you’ve been around my site at all, you know that I’ve dedicated my professional life to learning languages.  I just like learning languages.  Can’t really explain it.   Lately, I’ve been doing everything possible to learn French.   I’ve been listening to podcasts,...

What the Spanish and French “classes” are like.

I received this question: I have 2 students who have taken Spanish I in a class setting. Is your Spanish class for a first-year student or will the 2nd year students benefit?   Here is my reply: I’ll do my best to answer this, though I am not sure my classes are...

Duo Lingo French

This summer, I am pushing myself aggressively through DuoLingo French. I've decided to blog about the process. My guess is... some of you may be interested.  Some of you may have questions. Does DuoLingo really work?   Can you become fluent with DuoLingo?  And, so on....

Tip of the Week #192: Coffee Break Languages

In April of 2020, I sent out the following tip of the week: I don’t know how long I have been listening to language podcasts.  Since the beginning of podcasting, I think.   Podcasts are free audio programs.  There are thousands of podcasts covering thousands of...

Tip of the Week #204: Stop Acting Rich

A few weeks ago, I read the book Stop Acting Rich: And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire.   You may remember the author.  Thomas J. Stanley also wrote The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind. I had read his earlier books years ago.  This month, when Stop...

Visual Latin Confusion: Lesson 15

I received this question: Can you help us understand the answer to worksheet 15 B? 21. Agricola quem canis audit non in silva est. The farmer, whom the dog does not hear, is in the forest. Or, The dog whom the farmer hears is not in the forest. Or, The farmer, whom...

Still the greatest defect in Latin education…

Dorothy Sayers passed some wisdom on to Latin educators years ago. She had a simple plan.  Why not read the easier books in Latin, like the New Testament, before moving on to the tremendously difficult authors of the Augustan age? Fat chance. They ignored her then,...

Lingua Latina and Exercitia Latina

On my site, I take students through two Lingua Latina books. Here is the difference. There is the main book, Lingua Latina.  It’s the one you are reading.  Familia Romana.  I have taken students through all of that book, and those classes are up on my site.  They are...

One Shot

I published this post back in January of 2017.  Can't sleep tonight.  So, I am updating some blogs.  Here is the updated version: ================================================= On Thursday, I drove to Birmingham, Alabama.  There, my cousins and I carried my...