Monthly Archives: March 2012

Coinage (3)

It was everything I’d saved; I wanted to spend it all, didn’t want a single cent left at the end of the day – I could think of nothing more satisfying, Sadly, I didn’t have that much money to squander … Continue reading

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Coinage (2)

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Coinage (1)

Anyway, after a bit of discussion, we decided to leave the trifling matter of communication for the moment. We took the cheque and went to the window, where the light was better, and took a good look: on it there … Continue reading

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Fringe/ Logical Conclusion (3)

Li Yang’s ‘Crazy English’ method. It involves memorisation and pronunciation practice through repeated, powerful verbalisation – shouting, essentially. I actually think this is probably quite a good way to learn – reading aloud seems to have fallen out of favour … Continue reading

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Fringe/ Logical Conclusion (2)

Tuition fees are between £300 and £1200 a year for forty-five minute classes, and on top of that needs to be added the inevitable splurges on merchandising and software that it all drives towards. The fetishing of new learning technologies, … Continue reading

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Fringe/ Logical Conclusion (1)

Mormon Temple, Seoul Following on from its conversion drives in Latin America which used the same technique (e.g. 1880s Mexico, 1930s Argentina, 1970s Bolivia), the Mormon church is currently using free English lessons as a means to proselytise in South … Continue reading

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Currently reading

Amitav Ghosh – The Glass Palace. Nineteenth and twentieth century reimagining of Burmese and Indian history, with long descriptions of the harvest and trade of teak, oil, rubber, and so on, which are both beautifully written and pretty terrifying. Juan … Continue reading

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