Friday, 20 October 2017

My Laotian Handwriting (having "forgotten" the language for 11 years)

Working on Laotian again after a "pause" of 11 years: I had exemplary Lao handwriting in 2006… but I haven't seen, read, written or practiced the language in any way since then.  I don't think I'm naturally talented in languages, TBH: I just do the work others don't do.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

There are many ways to tell the truth, but only one way to lie.

I made that up in a memorable situation at City Hall.  Toronto City Hall.  There are many ways to tell the truth, but only one way to lie.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Letter to my Cree Language instructors (from years past)

Hi Bill (this is Bill Cook's email, I presume?),
Hi to Solomon, too,

You guys haven't heard from me in more than a year.  Many strange changes in my life since I was a full-time student of Cree (as a language) at F.N.U.  I actually tried to study First Nations languages at UVic: they had one professor specialized in Cree, but they* refused to let it happen. They also had a circle of students studying Ojibwe independently on campus.  The whole department was hollow: nobody at UVic is learning/teaching any First Nations language (neither west-coast nor otherwise).  They just do linguistic methods.  Depressing as hell.

* [They = the department.]

I spent 7+ months in a language-school in China, 1-on-1 with the teacher, 4 hours per day, 5 days per week in the classroom.  This is exponentially more effective way to learn a language than university classroom methods (1 hour, twice a week, with 40 students in one room, etc.) --but expensive, of course.

A Complete List of My Youtube Videos (à-bas-le-ciel)

It is actually pretty difficult to access old videos (on à-bas-le-ciel) via the normal Youtube interface: they may fix/improve that interface (the corporation has recently made many changes)… but… for the time being… this clickable list made by Patreon-supporter Theo is a huge help.

The channel already has over 700 videos (as of August, 2017)… I don't know if the list will be updated/maintained, but it is already useful for accessing the earlier history of the channel.