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by Speakeasy
Fri May 26, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Multilingual Room
Topic: Odd materials at the university lessons
Replies: 9
Views: 104

Re: Odd materials at the university lessons

... I'm honestly shocked that anyone would find discussing issues of life and death as well as psychology inappropriate in a university classroom ... But really - I'm curious now, why do you think discussing this is inappropriate (joking about it I can understand). I am not in the least surprised e...
by Speakeasy
Fri May 26, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Multilingual Room
Topic: Odd materials at the university lessons
Replies: 9
Views: 104

Re: Odd materials at the university lessons

Our teacher started to give us odd materials at the English lessons. For example, with jokes about suicide, death, zoofascism, etc. Is it OK? Should I put up with it? ... Zoofascism ...is about sadism and animals. I have accumulated a personal collection of several thousand textbooks, readers, maga...
by Speakeasy
Thu May 25, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: Éditions Atlas "Audio-Visual" Language Courses
Replies: 0
Views: 73

Éditions Atlas "Audio-Visual" Language Courses

Previous Reviews? Recently, I purchased a physical copy of an Éditions Atlas language course, published in the mid-1990's, the original of which first appeared a decade earlier. Having searched both this forum and the HTLAL for discussions of these courses, and having not found any, I decided to po...
by Speakeasy
Mon May 22, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: How do you know if you understand?
Replies: 35
Views: 882

Re: How do you know if you understand?

The reason we hire lawyers to deal with legalese is because most natives don't understand legal texts either... The reason why legal texts are so difficult to understand is that they are written with a view to restricting an ill-intentioned individual's claim that their infractions or failure to co...
by Speakeasy
Mon May 22, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: Fluenz "Intensive Training": Spanish
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Fluenz "Intensive Training": Spanish

I purchased the complete Fluenz Italian programme a couple of years ago and, at the time, I added my name to the company's Email list for promotions, most of which I simply ignore. Still, given that the latest offer sits outside of the company's standard product line, I thought that some other membe...
by Speakeasy
Sat May 20, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Learning Anglo Saxon words
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Re: Learning Anglo Saxon words

A highly-regarded reference for the etymology of English is: The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology https://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Dictionary-English-Etymology/dp/0198611129 If you are embarking on a special project, perhaps the staff of the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) could offer some guidan...
by Speakeasy
Sat May 20, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: What is real language?
Replies: 60
Views: 1241

Re: What is real language?

... étude ... I wouldn't consider them "real" music. ... Then again, when it comes to classical type music I am a complete dunce ... Need I say more? At least give me points for admitting I honestly have no idea. :lol: Were a composer to change the title of a composition from "Étude ...
by Speakeasy
Sat May 20, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: What is real language?
Replies: 60
Views: 1241

Re: What is real language?

SophiaMerlin_II wrote: ... étude ... I wouldn't consider them "real" music. ... Then again, when it comes to classical type music I am a complete dunce ...
Need I say more?
by Speakeasy
Sat May 20, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: What is real language?
Replies: 60
Views: 1241

Re: What is real language?

... People who can only play from sheet music are nothing more than physical parrots. They know where to move their body in order to execute what the paper is telling them. They play what a musician wrote ... One: I have spent virtually a lifetime perfecting my technique on the guitar (classical, f...
by Speakeasy
Sat May 20, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: What is real language?
Replies: 60
Views: 1241

Re: What is real language?

... I stand by my original thought that "real" language is intended to communicate by its contents rather than its form ... I believe that you are missing the point that just about everything written, recited, performed or displayed is "contrived" (deliberately created rather th...

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