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Belgian for beginners

… or, The genius of Michel Thomas. Success in a foreign language has always seemed beyond me, but now I might have found the answer. French, German, Russian, Spanish, Greek, Scottish, Chimp. These are the languages which, with unswerving ambition and no little prudence, I started to learn at irregular intervals, between the ages of … Continue reading

Turning over a new coin: the modern curse of mixed idioms and phrases

A creeping war of annihilation against the English language is reducing me to tears. I’m not trying to pin you to a promise, but the next time there’s a white elephant in the room, will you grab it with open arms? And don’t try to wriggle off the hook. If you do, I want you … Continue reading

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