Category Archives: languagelearning

Communication vs Neutrality?

    I found this article on Esperanto, which is available in many different translations (button on top right of page).  While languages may have conferences dedicated to communication among all speakers, and widening that communication for the good of all, should the organizers therefore be afraid to take political positions?

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l’espéranto a aidé ses étudiants à mieux communiquer avec la communauté indigène Totonaca, car ses attributs linguistiques ont facilité la compréhension de leur langue maternelle et ont ainsi joué le rôle de langue-passerelle.
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Esperanto helped their students communicate better with the indiginous Totonaca community, since the linguistic attributes facilitate understanding of their native language, and act as a language bridge.
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     I see the problem of neutrality mentioned in the article, and it seems to me that positions taken earlier, in the time of Franco and others, could be taken again, as a remedy, but I can also see why a language institute would avoid official positions on issues, leaving that for individual language speakers.   I’ll have to see what the French language Academy and others say (some are under Royal control, though, in Spain and Britain, and are a different story…).

Shira

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Review: Murat, and Loyalty

    I found this book both interesting and oddly inspiring.

It was very good:  a good reader and a nice short story with loyalty, sacrifice, empathy, and above all, death with dignity.
Bon c’était très bien :
une bonne lectrice et une histoire courte avec la loyauté, les sacrifices, l’empathie , et surtout de mourir avec le dignité.
“Merci, librivox.org !
Bonne lectrice mais he n’aimes pas trop la musique avec.”
January 5, 2022 –

25.0% “Quel traison ! Dommage que la poudre etait mouillé.

Et quelle sauvetage !!
“… 5 segunds encore…””

January 5, 2022 –

29.0% “5/6 obéirent, mais 2 espagnols n’avait pas la lâcheté d’obéir !
Chouette !!”

January 6, 2022 –

30.0%dumas_by_nadar2c_1855“Dumas   is the master of suspense in this one!”

January 7, 2022 –

50.0%”Ça semble un bon offre d’asile, quand même.”

January 7, 2022 –

60.0% “Pas de Vive Joachim : pas bon.”

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     I liked the story, and I gained a bit of hope for loyalty, and thus renewed hope in humankind.

Shira

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Esperanto & Spanish as Bridge Languages/como Idiomas Puentes?

I love languages, and have always found them easy to learn, particularly starting with Latin American Spanish, but I am told that many people find even this a difficult language to learn.  So, how about Esperanto as a very easy language to learn as a bridge to more difficult languages? / Adoro los idiomas, y siempre los he aprendido con facilidad, sobre todo empezando con el Español latino, pero me dicen que mucha gente no pueden aprender aun este idioma.  Entonces, por que no intenta con Esperanto, ya que es un idioma muy facil, como puente hacia los idiomas mas dificiles?

After all, language exposure does build empathy, and our world sorely needs more!

Shira

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La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P4e2: “Berlin…” and No Empathy Ruins Even A Criminal’s Day

      The less said about this guy, the better: again, Berlin, please stay dead, and stop singing!!  In the reverse order!

   This series really is an exercise in showing why empathy is so important to have a functioning society.  Even these criminals need empathy in order to make their group function, and it shows when they don’t have any.  Not even criminal groups can function when a sociopath or a psychopath is in charge, right, Berlin, Palermo, and Gandia???

 

Poor Antonyanzas!!

Seriously…

    Last  week  was  Part 4, ep.1: La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P4e1: “Game Over…” and Kids Need Empathy!

and

Next week is:   ,

  “Somos la resistencia.”

   “We are the Resistance.”     Now, yes…

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

Review: Nous Les Dieux, by Werber Showed Me My Bias

    I found this book both interesting and enlightening, about my own biases against imagination.  Werber  bernard_werber_-_foire_du_livre_de_bruxelles_-_2010_-_01  reminds us that no ideas are entirely without value, and that no human talent can afford to be wasted, even at the risk of driving ourselves crazy by following those imaginative ideas where ever they may lead.

Ce livre c’est vraiment Bon!
This book kept me riveted.  The topic was derivative but done in a way that was still really imaginative and really interesting. I also enjoyed seeing all of the various historical characters mixed in.  I will stop here before I end up giving spoilers.
There is also a question at the very end of the first page that has always haunted me, especially after being told that I had “un imagination debortant.”  It is a scary idea, that one’s own “fertile imagination” could drive one around the bend like that.   Ca me donne peur…
 Interesting final observation.  At the bottom of one page, the gods and us, a human child, sit watching ants.  I wonder if this led him to write his famous trilogy about Ants (Fourmis)???
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     I may not have liked the story, but I did learn that greater versatility is possible, from it.  And it also reminded me how important reading, any sort of reading, is, during early childhood and adolescence, as preparation for citizenship.

Shira

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La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P4e1: “Game Over…” and Kids Need Empathy!

      This is the first time anyone has asked to go to jail.   

    This lady has no empathy:  please let her not raise that child…

Plan Hamelîn…   cool!

No, Berlin, please stay dead, and stop singing!!  In the reverse order!

Poor Pamuk (so Marsella also speaks Turkish??)!!  What kind of kids would do that??

Fase 3: Resistir/Phase 3:  Hold On 

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Ayy…

  “Somos la resistencia.”  Ahora, si…

   “We are the Resistance.”     Now, yes…

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

Merci pour Le Capitaine Pamphile, M. Dumas, pere: Reading Really Is Fundamental…To VOTING

The recent ProPublica article on the return of literacy based voter suppression in some states reminds me that many people need stories that show them, and that reading even fiction, helps preparing kids and adults for reading other things, like voter registration forms, ballots, and exit polls.

Unlike  The Count of Monte-Cristo, this one is a childrens’ book!   I had no idea that he’d also written for kids.
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I listened to some of this book, as usual, via LibreVox, and the reader was  terrible:
Abandoned listening to pompous reader reading annoying children’s book.

Reading Progress

November 5, 2020 – Shelved as: livres
November 5, 2020 –

page 35

9.11% “C’est intéressant comme tout le monde savait tout les détails de Les mille et une nuits : moi, je viens d’apprendre qui était le roi Camarazamann il y a peu de temps avant.

It is interesting how everyone knew the details of The Thousand and One Nights. I only just learned about who King Camarazaman was a short while ago.”

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     I may not have liked the story, but I did learn that greater versatility is possible, from it.  And it also reminded me how important reading, any sort of reading, is, during early childhood and adolescence, as preparation for citizenship.

Shira

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Shira

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La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P3e8: “Astray” & A Note on Believability

      This whole show is starting to go astray! 

Ok, unlike fiction, which allows a reader to suspend disbelief if sufficiently well written (which this scene was not, for me, anyway), non-fiction must be credible, backed by either good reasoning, or good evidence.  That is where life long education comes in.   Ok, back to this bad episode of language-learning (in Castillian):

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   I do love the plans within a plan, but this Harry Potter moment is a bit much: hilarious, but not as if they’d believe it, on no other evidence.

   Now, this manipulation, yes, quite believable, unfortunately.

Ayy…

And hang on, here.  If the Professor’s father was supposed to have fought with the Partisans in Italy, hence teaching him the song Bella Ciao, then why would he have ended up having kids in Franco’s Spain?

  “Somos la resistencia.”   Ahora, Si…

   “We are the Resistance.”     Now, yes…

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading   #Project Do Better.

Shira

Revu: Les Damnes de La Terre, Frantz Fanon -Colonialism Hurts Everyone

Dnf, I can’t deal.  Les Damnés de la Terre, The Damned of the Earth, sounds about right.

See my reading updates, please.


Just too épatée…
Ok, thinking about this book, or the half that I read, it felt sickeningly like writing some difficult scenes from my series Ann and Anna where whipping or other horror is remembered. But almost every page I read of this book was like that. I had no idea how similar life in the colonized countries was to life in enslaved or Jim Crow USA.
  And yup, Sartre was the right guynausea to write that Preface.

Reading Progress

September 11, 2015 – Shelved
September 11, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
June 4, 2016 – Shelved as: livres
June 4, 2016 – Shelved as: racisme
June 4, 2016 – Shelved as: teaching
June 4, 2016 – Shelved as: tspt
June 4, 2016 – Shelved as: esclavitud
August 2, 2018 – Shelved as: chokwelumumbajac… (Paperback Edition)
August 2, 2018 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
August 2, 2018 – Shelved as: policy
August 2, 2018 – Shelved as: intergenerational
August 2, 2018 – Shelved as: election12016
August 2, 2018 – Shelved as: chokwelumumbajacksonmi
August 2, 2022 – Started Reading
August 2, 2022 –

page 1

0.32%“En fin trouvé !!”

August 2, 2022 –

page 7

2.25%“They banned the book, and he only saw a copy only just before he died? Difficult”

August 3, 2022 –

page 8

2.57%

August 3, 2022 –

page 9

2.89%

August 5, 2022 –

page 10

3.22%“Donc il faut aussi lire son premier livre Peau Noire, Masques Blancs, et aussi découvrir plus l’histoire des Caraïbes…”

August 6, 2022 –

page 11

3.54% “Je ne peux pas m’empêcher de penser comme il avait juste terminé d’écrire son livre quand il est mort.
Can’t stop thinking of how he just finished writing that book before he died.”

August 6, 2022 –

page 12

3.86%

August 7, 2022 –

page 12

3.86%“C’est triste”

August 7, 2022 –

page 13

4.18%

August 7, 2022 –

page 13

4.18%“Wow. Still digesting the fact that he had the guts to write this book during the Algerian War, putting himself in danger, not to mention having the book banned obviously.”

August 8, 2022 –

page 14

4.5%

August 9, 2022 –

page 15

4.82%

August 9, 2022 –

page 15

4.82%“İnteresting, very specific reasons that Fanon asked Sartre to write this forward. And apparently, it worked. Many read Sartre’s preface but not the book, which was seemingly addressed to a different audience.”

August 9, 2022 –

page 17

5.47%“Damn! No wonder Fanon didn’t make any comment when he read the preface. Sartre! İs he telling the colonizers what they want to hear? Just waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

August 9, 2022 –

page 19

6.11% “Yep, there is the other shoe. Now I see why he picked Sartre.
Ouch!
The hand-picked token indigenous people educated in Europe and sent back to be the buffer, galloping toward the hypocritical carrot. Wow.”

August 9, 2022 –

page 21

6.75% “”elle a fabriqué de toutes pièces une bourgeoisie de colonisés…”

Just what the British did in India and I didn’t realize that all the European powers have done this all across Asia and africa. Similar to division via the color line in the US.”

August 9, 2022 –

page 22

7.07% “… à la mer.

Yeeoouch!!”

August 10, 2022 –

page 23

7.4% “So that was the reason that “the air of England is too pure for slaves to breathe” -easier to forget those blood stained colonies:

“Vous faites semblant d’oublier que vous avez des colonies et qu’on y massacre en votre nom.””

August 12, 2022 –

page 24

7.72%“Les mots de Sartre sont assez choquants”

August 13, 2022 –

11.0%“Sartre à terminé d’écrire ce préface en septembre 61 et Fanon meure en novembre , seulement deux mois , jusqu’à temps d’avoir vu la publication de son livre.”

August 13, 2022 –

12.0%“Botswana ? “…la décolonisation est toujours un phénomène violent.””

August 13, 2022 –

14.0% “Just like here in the US. Schools, religion, and even ‘science’ put to the service of racism, claiming that we were devoid of ethics, and even ‘anti-values’.
Useful only as a cheap labor force, thus ineligible for the equality called for by Dr. Anna J. Cooper.”

August 13, 2022 –

15.0%“Divide to rule: “la bourgeoisie colonialiste avait enfoncé à coup de pilon dans l’esprit du colonisé l’idée d’une société d’individus où chacun s’enferme dans sa subjectivité…””

August 13, 2022 –

19.0%“He’s describing the same process and situation in the colonies that was taking place during slavery and in fact also during the Jim Crow era in the United States to us.”

August 14, 2022 –

20.0%“Wow”

August 14, 2022 –

22.0% “Nonviolence & compromise fruits of colonialism?

All same except president of Gabon reçu par le président de la République française…

Oh.”

August 14, 2022 –

23.0%“C’est trop violent”

August 14, 2022 – Finished Reading
And still,  our world gets warmer and warmer, in bad ways.

Shira

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Thursday Stories -La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) p3e7: Traumatic “Vacacciones…”

   This is a good way, through story, to show the harm done to all of society when any person is tortured, especially by a government:  

    He’s back with the band!  But not quite all in one piece…  rack_-_torture_28psf29  

Oh, no, not him again!!

    Last  week  was Part 3, ep : Thoughtless Commentary Thursdays -La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) Part 3, ep. 6: “Todo Insignificante” !!  compared to what we know, now…   

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Next week is: La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P3e8: “Astray” & A Note on Believability ;

  “Somos la resistencia.”   Ahora, si…

   “We are the Resistance.”     Now, yes

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

*****************

Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira