MARSHALLESE 21.0: MOTIVATED MORE THAN EVER

I’ve probably mentioned it before, but I will do it again – keeping the motivation up is one of the hardest and most important things you have to do when learning a foreign language. Not losing that initial zeal is an ongoing battle; and one you have to win if you want to succeed. I can proudly say that so far I have been victorious in my efforts. … More MARSHALLESE 21.0: MOTIVATED MORE THAN EVER

INDIGENOUS, VERNACULAR, OFFICIAL, NATIONAL

When we talk about language, we often use different words to describe it. We say “indigenous language”, “vernacular language”, “official language”, “national language”, “first language”, “mother language”… That’s a lot of languages, don’t you agree? We are all familiar with these names, but do we know what they really mean? Are they one and the same thing? … More INDIGENOUS, VERNACULAR, OFFICIAL, NATIONAL

WHAT’S IN A NAME? THE MARSHALL ISLANDS EDITION

I don’t know about you, but I find place names immensely fascinating. I am always curious what the words we see on a map or signposts mean. And that curiosity has led me to some very interesting findings, which I am about to share with you today. Because I am learning Marshallese, I just have to start with the Marshall Islands. … More WHAT’S IN A NAME? THE MARSHALL ISLANDS EDITION

MARSHALLESE 18.0: WARRAR, ŌRRŌR, ŪKŪK

Learning a foreign language is fun. Especially if you’re learning it because you really want to (not because your parents told you to, or you think you have to because it may come in handy one day). When you have plenty of time and a burning interest, you can discover a whole new, fascinating world, you wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to know. … More MARSHALLESE 18.0: WARRAR, ŌRRŌR, ŪKŪK

MARSHALLESE 16.0: A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH A FEW WORDS

When you’re learning a language, sometimes you are going to encounter difficulties. Ok, maybe not sometimes, but often. Or very often. Don’t even try to fight it, because that’s just the way it is. You have to accept it, work harder than you have, and hope that you will – sooner or later – get this damn thing into your head. … More MARSHALLESE 16.0: A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH A FEW WORDS

“KIRIBATI: GRAMMAR HANDBOOK” BY STEPHEN TRUSSEL

When you learn a new language, you need both vocabulary and grammar to convey a message. As they go hand in hand, you can’t concentrate your attention on one and neglect the other. I have already reviewed Stephen Trussel’s “Communication and Culture Handbook”, which focuses on words, phrases, and expressions. Now it’s time to review the second volume in the course, “Kiribati: Grammar Handbook”. … More “KIRIBATI: GRAMMAR HANDBOOK” BY STEPHEN TRUSSEL