Perfessor Firefly Teaches YOU to Speak a Foreign Language! (Smoke break)

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about how to practice. The bad news is you’ll have to do a lot of it. The good news is each iteration doesn’t need to take much time and you just may find most of it fun.

If you practice […]

Perfessor Firefly Teaches YOU to Speak a Foreign Language! (Lesson Three)

A-B-C, as simple as 1-2-3…

It begins with an alphabet (we’re going to ignore pictographic languages like Chinese, Japanese and Korean for now). Oddly enough, the subsequent lessons will focus on why this first lesson should be de-emphasized, but we need something to build on to start, and you’ve got to know the letters […]

Perfessor Firefly Teaches YOU to Speak a Foreign Language! (Lesson Two)

Ready to begin?

(for the first post in this series click this parenthetical)

How to Learn.

Like me, most of you seem to enjoy reading. And, like me, this is probably why you have struggled with learning a language in the past. Learning to converse in a foreign language has almost nothing in common […]

Perfessor Firefly Teaches YOU to Speak a Foreign Language! (Lesson One)

Sprechen Sie Spanglish?

Gabba-gabba-hey, Threedonians! Today’s your lucky day! You want to learn a foreign language and, to your stupendous good fortune, I know how to learn a foreign language and I’m going to explain it all to you right now (well, in five or six separate installments spanning the next few days) (or, […]

Speculum Speculorum

Physician, heal thyself

Kyle Smith has a great piece in Commentary Magazine. (Click the previous sentence to read the whole thing.)

Kyle Smith does an effective job of highlighting many flaws in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ attitude and writing, and is well worth a read, but I want to highlight one section:

Suppose you were […]

Love Gov

This is a decent little video series (5 parts in all, will take about 20 minutes to watch in its entirety). Sensibly geared towards Americans in their late teens and twenties. Very well acted and scripted. Pass it along.

Rufus Breaks Down the CNN Debate

1. These (Wednesday’s CNN debate and the earlier, Fox debate) are not debates. They are networks using their anchors to incite base arguments for ratings. 2. Carly Fiorina did won both debates. She is incredibly quick on her feet and has an encyclopedic knowledge of statistics regarding government affairs. 3. 10 or more people […]

Meet the New Nanny Same as the Old Nanny

I’m working on a paper about Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote that I am presenting in Barcelona,Spain next month. Part of it (the general theme is wisdom and leadership) is a section on socio-legal critique in the book. So I’m reading a book called Law and History in Cervantes’ Don Quixote and came across this […]

Monday Open Thread

Commence Justice

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia gave the commencement address at his granddaughter’s high school graduation the other day. It is well worth your time.