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Sark – a car-free paradise

There is a place on Earth where cars are banned from roads. Only tractors and horse-drawn vehicles are allowed. It’s a small island next to Normandy, France. Not so long ago it was still a feudal system. So close to home (I’m from Normandy), yet I’d never heard about it! Funny anecdote: A French guy tried to invade the island…

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Language Learning

Speed x1.5 on YouTube

Lately I’ve been experimenting a lot with the 1.5-speed feature on YouTube. I’m now watching most videos in speed x1.5 in order to improve my oral comprehension skills with the languages I speak.   I’ve also tried this with Finnish, that I’m currently learning. I can’t understand a thing even in normal speed. But when I watch a video or…

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Not a movie review

Dunkirk, by Nolan

Just saw the new Christopher Nolan movie: Dunkirk. It felt like watching something in-between Inception and Interstellar. Inception for the music and the mood. Interstellar for the shots. I was already a big fan of Nolan’s work. This movie has only made me even more in love with his movies.

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Language Learning

On crutches in language learning

My religion is audio input, when it comes to language learning. Text input is useful, if not necessary, but it shouldn’t be the main focus. Learning a language is like learning how to walk. You need your hands at first, or crutches after an injury. But the end goal is to walk without those. Just with your legs. The legs…

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Language Learning

Golf & language learning

Speaking a language is like a game of golf. Hit the ball too far left, and it ends up in the lake. Put your tongue too far forward, and you end up saying “beau cul” instead of “beaucoup” in French (“beautiful ass” instead of “a lot”). “Beau cul” in IPA is [boky], and “beaucoup” is [boku]. The difference between [y]…

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Language Learning

On perceived reality & language learning

This TED Talk talks about our brains and conscious reality. At ~6’00”, the speaker shows us an example of how we perceive reality with audio samples. It is very similar to how a language learner perceives his/her new target language. Remember when you’re hearing a phrase where you can’t distinguish anything, and it just seems like noise. Then you’re going to…

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Finnish, Language Learning

4th month of Finnish – Clear the list, August 2017

The Clear-the-List challenge is hosted by Lindsay (from Lindsay Does Languages), Kris Broholm (from Actual Fluency), Angel Pretot (from French Lover) and Shannon (from Eurolinguiste). The goal is to share monthly goals and support each other while learning foreign languages.   Review of July Singing routine with LyricsTraining –> kinda. The first week I used LyricsTraining, but then I stopped. I was focusing too…

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Health

How to increase flexibility in 30 seconds

I love sports, running and working out. But one thing I’m struggling with is flexibility. I’m convinced gaining flexibility will make me less prone to injuries, and give me a better range of movement. Here’s a trick I found the other day to increase flexibility in 30 seconds (and this is not clickbait): Stand straight and try to touch your…

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