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A student asks: How do we conjugate verbs?

I received this question: Hello. My sister and I are taking your Lingua Latina course and are having trouble figuring out how to conjugate verbs. For example: The tree cant drink the water. How would we translate the word drink? Is there a paper or video or maybe even...

Tip #235: Where to find free audiobooks

If you've been reading my ‘Τip of the Week’ email for long, you know I am a big fan of audiobooks.  (I missed almost the entire month of May, so I suppose I should call it the “not so consistent tip”). Whenever I am looking for a new audiobook, I always check Libby...

Words are the symbols of knowledge

Words are the symbols of knowledge, the keys to accurate thinking. Is it any wonder then that the most successful and intelligent people in this country have the biggest vocabularies? It is not their larger vocabularies that made these people successful and...

Tip #234: How to learn a language in six months

You are probably familiar with the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle.   According to the 80/20 rule, 80% of the consequences come from 20% of the causes.  Put another way, 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people.   Or, think of it this way.  Look at...

Do many English Words originate from Greek/ Ancient Greek?

This week, someone asked me if many English words originate from Greek? Here is my reply: As best I can tell, the breakdown goes something like this. English is about 50% Latin and 50% German.  But, that is very broad. The real story is a real mess.  🙂 I’ve heard...

Tip #233: Chatterbug live streams

A few days ago, I discovered the site Chatterbug.com.   If you are attempting to learn French, Spanish or German, you may want to check it out.   Using live streams, and short videos, the hosts offer lots of opportunity to practice.   For the past few days, I’ve been...

Tip #232: Happy Easter!

I didn’t send a weekly email last Saturday.   I was on the road all day driving home from Colorado to Nashville. I had gone to hang out with my son in the Rocky Mountains.  He taught me to snowboard.  I am now, officially, the world’s slowest snowboarder. On the way...

Learning vocabulary through Etymology

While writing the Word Up series, I often consulted the book Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.  (Unfortunately, I cannot recommend the book to students.  There are, oddly enough, too many innuendos in this book.)  In the introduction Mr. Lewis writes this:...

Tip of the Week #231: How I am re-learning German

Last week I talked about French.  Even if you are older, you are likely not too old to learn French.  If you missed it, that tip (along with hundreds of others) is here: https://dwanethomas.com/tip-week-archives/ This week I am here to talk about German. I am not...