Happy 2014


Does anyone still read this blog? Does anyone read blogs at all anymore? I’ve been slacking in the last few months. I’ve always intended this blog as more of a personal journal than a publication for the whole wide world, and it feels kind of gross to go so long without publishing.

The photo above is poached eggs in a sauce left over from gemelini all’amatriciana, my first meal of the new year. The toast is made from a fruity, nutty loaf that Amber brought me from Vancouver when she and L were here to visit yesterday. We went to Oddfellows, the Rock Box, the Unicorn, and Pho Bac.


Ok, so I have regular new year’s resolutions like everyone else; eat better, exercise more, spend less money, write music, be the man I want to be, yadda yadda. I do have some language projects:

  • Keep studying Mandarin. I’ve developed a policy now where I use simplified characters at work and in the classes I take, but I use traditional characters in personal correspondence. There will be summer travel or school or something.
  • Start Korean. Last month a friend of mine from high school asked me to write a book or publish a podcast about how to learn a language, so he could finally learn Korean. I’d love to actually do that, but usually when I tell people what’s required they tell me they can’t, list all their stupid rationalizations about how it’s impossible, and then attribute my success to some magic ability, which frankly I FIND INSULTING. So instead of doing that, I offered to take the class with him. Maybe I’ll get a book out of it, who knows. I did learn the Korean alphabet 19 years ago, but I’m quite rusty, so we’ll see. Saturday classes.
  • Maintain Spanish. I don’t have a plan for this, I just keep it up by spending time with Latino friends.
  • Revive French and Italian. I’m a little rusty on both, but I know it will come back to me if I just go hang out for a little bit.

Here are some language learning things I’m going to write about in the future:

  • The fascination with learning speed, and all the lies that surround it.
  • How to spot a communicative teacher.
  • How to be a native speaking ally for people learning your language.
  • What makes a good sample sentence
  • Why every language teacher should study Italian.

That’s a start, we’ll go from there. Happy New Year, everyone! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section here… and by here, I mean below, not on Facebook, where your comments will fade into Facebook oblivion.

3 thoughts on “Happy 2014

  1. Hey, J.P.(I’ve always thought having two letters as a name is cool). I’m subscribed to your blog by rss feed, ever since I knew you on french pod. You’re very enthusiastic teacher and enthusiasm is what most of teachers lack. Keep it coming.


  2. I still read your blog! I think you have GREAT ideas about language studying and I cherish the podcasts you made while at SpanishPod. Please keep up the good work!


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