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Watching Electric Shadows on my Electric Brain

When learning a language you have to build up vocabulary, and remember it.  As infants we all learn to speak in a very natural way – every word is new, but we concentrate on the words that we need or … Continue reading

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Shouting from the rooftops – would it help me learn Chinese?

Recently, when in a local restaurant, I had an exchange with a waiter and I found it rather unusual – he spoke English reasonably well, but he didn’t actually ‘speak’ it, he shouted it. Westerners in China get used to … Continue reading

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The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu

Language shapes us – how we communicate, how we express emotion, how we articulate our internal thoughts and feelings are an intrinsic part of who we are as individuals. To loose language is to loose our sense of self. This … Continue reading

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