Learning a new language or maintaining a second language to prevent it from fading from memory is one of those things we all mean to get around to doing.
If you own a computer, tablet, or smartphone and have access to a Wi-Fi signal, Duolingo is the most user-friendly and accessible foreign language learning tool/app around. With the exception of German, it offers lessons in four of the five major romance languages: Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
First of all, it’s free.
Secondly, the methodology behind the curriculum promotes learning the fundamentals of the language as opposed to remembering a few phrases that apply to specific situations.
I have been using Duolingo to keep my Spanish language skills tight. I’ve decided I would use the app to help me focus on learning German.
What I like the most about its brand of pedagogy is that you learn to write, listen, … Read the rest
I used to live in Harlem. In a Striver’s Row brownstone, on the Westside near 138th and 139th street in Manhattan. That house had three levels, five bedrooms, and three bathrooms. We preserved the architectural integrity of the house; the hardwood floors are original and the crown molding looks the same way as it did in 1900.
Now, my partner used to work for the United Nations as a French/English interpreter. He now works with French speaking countries outside of France; mostly Haiti and the African nation of Togo. I am a writer who makes a living by writing what she wants. Our children are well-behaved (because we won’t have it any other way) and intellectually curious. They aspire to be the brother/sister version of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams.
We made memories in this brownstone that has the kind of decor that one would imagine if Kanye West … Read the rest
My love affair with South Beach has come to an end. I can liken my recent estrangement from South Beach to a 90s Hip Hop song called “Strobe Light Honey.’” See, a guy is out in a dimly lit club and is seduced by the sight of a well proportioned woman. He dances with her and hopes he may go home with her that night. The lights are turned on and the woman’s unfortunate looking face is exposed. Consequently, the man runs for the hills.
After my first couple of visits to South Beach, I was seduced by its energy. I loved everything about it: the pulsating sounds of live salsa music, topless beaches, outdoor cafes, and its one-of-a-kind art deco architecture. South Beach provides an environment that offered its revelers a good time without many barriers. Finding a good time was accessible and available for the taking.
My last … Read the rest