“MARSHALLESE REFERENCE GRAMMAR” BY BYRON W. BENDER, ALFRED CAPELLE, LOUISE PAGOTTO

People interested in languages are usually suckers for language books. All kinds of language books: textbooks, phrasebooks, dictionaries, vocabulary picture books, linguistic volumes – you name it, they love it. Some of those books are of great help, others simply look good sitting on the shelf. Into which of these two categories does “Marshallese Reference Grammar” fall? … More “MARSHALLESE REFERENCE GRAMMAR” BY BYRON W. BENDER, ALFRED CAPELLE, LOUISE PAGOTTO

IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WHY DO PEOPLE STILL LEARN LANGUAGES?

When you are forced to stay at home, you have plenty of time to think. You may contemplate your life, reflect on who you are and what you have done so far. You may ponder your future and try to predict what it will be like. You may seek to figure out why certain things are the way they are. And me? Well, I can’t help but wonder why people still decide to learn foreign tongues. … More IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WHY DO PEOPLE STILL LEARN LANGUAGES?

MARSHALLESE 27.0: THIRD ATTEMPT AT KAJIN ṂAJEḶ

Another year of my Marshallese adventure is coming to an end. I will be very honest now, by this time I should have known more. After three years of learning I should probably be able to write this post entirely in kajin Ṃajeḷ – with lots of mistakes, yes – but it ought to be written in the language I am trying to master. Unfortunately, this is still beyond my abilities. Nevertheless, I have managed to learn something. Here’s the proof. … More MARSHALLESE 27.0: THIRD ATTEMPT AT KAJIN ṂAJEḶ

MARSHALLESE 24.0: LEARNING FROM YOUTUBE

Some time ago – when it was raining heavily, and I had nothing to do (that doesn’t happen very often) – I decided to see if there were any (interesting) Marshallese YouTube channels. We all watch YouTube nowadays – if you’re saying you don’t, you are probably lying – so I thought that it would be fun and educating to start following people who might help me improve my Marshallese skills. … More MARSHALLESE 24.0: LEARNING FROM YOUTUBE

MARSHALLESE 23.0: WHEN YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS

There are times in our lives when we get lost; when we don’t have a map or a compass to guide us. Once this happens, our natural reaction is to ask someone else – someone who knows better, someone who is more experienced, someone who can help us – which direction we should go. If you lose your way in the forest, you’ll eventually find it. But sometimes you don’t know where you are while sitting in your favourite armchair. … More MARSHALLESE 23.0: WHEN YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS

EVEN IF YOU HEAR ONE OF THESE, DO YOUR THING ANYWAY

When you decide to learn an unpopular foreign language, you often hear various “pearls of wisdom” from you relatives, friends, colleagues. Rarely do they smile at you, give you a thumbs-up, pat you on the shoulder, and say: “Wow, that’s so cool!”. Their words are more discouraging than encouraging, and suddenly you get the feeling that what you are doing is … pointless. … More EVEN IF YOU HEAR ONE OF THESE, DO YOUR THING ANYWAY