In the Viking sagas, writes Jesse L. Byock, there are "accusations of witchcraft, fights over beached whales, cheating, stealing, harboring of outlaws, and vengeance sought for scurrilous or erotic verse." Viking Language 1 is, hands down, the most exciting foreign language book I have ever read.... Read More
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I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the Teach Yourself books. On the one hand, they are often the only textbook for less-commonly-taught languages, and I've appreciated the way they let you bootstrap up to more complicated books. On the other hand, Teach Yourself's quality control is spotty, and if there are two or three textbooks for a language, there's probably a better one.... Read More
When you study a foreign language you're not just memorizing facts – you're learning a skill. Several skills, more precisely: speaking and listening, reading and writing. And while they reinforce each other, you can't just do one and expect the others to improve – thus, the familiar experience of being able to read a language but completely unable to understand a native speaker asking you for directions.... Read More
A friend of mine wants to learn Icelandic, and I am always looking for someone to study languages with.... Read More