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I was a child refugee. Don’t send back the migrant ships!

After long last, I am making videos again. Below you have a video in Italian and a blog post in English and link to...
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Wheelbarrow to the hospital: Falling in Fes, Morocco

I wondered how people living in car-free zones in old cities such as the Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal or any of the medinas (old cobblestone cities) in Morocco, moved around when they couldn’t walk. I didn’t plan on finding this out through personal experience! But life had other plans...
Travel Reviews Morocco

Picture essay: Clothing, languages, foods of Morocco

Rather than describe the many beauties of Morocco, I'll show photos.
sights in Lisbon

Lisbon: Sights, Language and Communist Signs

Being in Portugal isn't only about the language. Sights and sounds of Lisbon

Watch “Saved by Language” for free!

  **** Press the CC button & the Settings/HD button (next to the CC button) to choose English, Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian, Ladino (Djudeo-Espanyol), Portuguese, Spanish, French or...
"New Life" Russian translation of Orhan Pamuk's "Yeni Hayat"

Mixed accent and voices in my head

At the risk of sounding like I am crazy, I hear multilingual voices in my head. To learn native pronunciation, I first hear a native...

Language gaps: Lived vs. learned languages

There's a big difference between a learned and a lived language. It took a carrot to make that difference abundantly clear to me. In California,...
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Free ebooks in July!

As part of the Smashwords.com ebook retailer's Summer Sale, my ebooks are free during the month of July!
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Portuguese via Spanish, Italian & a little French: different roads to a mellifluous tongue

The strange thing with the Portuguese language is I don't remember why I wanted to learn it, yet I can speak it. The Spanish language and Italian literature and film have been major influences in my learning the Portuguese language and becoming interested in Portugal.

Le mistral gagnant: Rediscovering my inner Francophile in India and Quebec

  One missing digit    One missing digit (not a finger!) almost kept me from going to India. En route to Chennai (Madras), I had a rude...

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