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Learning a Language? Improve Your Pronunciation with the International Phonetic Alphabet

You’ve done it (or you had no choice). You’ve decided to learn another language! But then, quickly, the frustration builds up. Reading and writing is going along ok, but the speaking … the pronunciation. The bane of many language learners: how to actually speak that language without making a complete fool of yourself. Two quite […]

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Hardware and Software Tools of the Trade 2018

After several years, time has come for an update of my 2015 Tools of the trade post. These are the hardware and software tools I work with in 2018. Computers and other hardware I’m still a Mac person (an old 2009 IMac and a 2010 MacBook Pro 13 inches, still reliable, albeit a bit slow). […]

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Best Reads of 2017

After a pretty heavy semester, I finally have some time to follow up my 10 best reads of 2016, with my best reads of 2017. Having changed jobs to teach modern languages, I have been busy reading a lot of professional literature the last year or so, which has given me little free time for […]

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How to pronounce the “th” without sticking your tongue out

“ze mozer of ziz boyz iz tirti-tri” A standard problem of English pronunciation: the English “th.” With a little help and practice, it actually is not that hard to master. (Note: For the first more technical article on “th” see my How I Teach the English “th” page.) Three Ways to Pronounce the “th” Contrary […]

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Setting up a Multilingual Drupal 8 Site

Many blogging and Content Management Systems have trouble handling bilingual content. Setting up a multlingual website usually requires a bunch of plug-ins, modules and often getting your hands dirty in the code. Such was the case with Drupal until version 7. Drupal 8 totally changed this. It is now really easy to set up a […]

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References

Why You Should Use a Reference Manager

The bane of most academic writing is the bibliography. You’re writing a paper, an assignment, a thesis and the tedious typing and retyping of references to articles, books, book chapters, papers, etc., comes back to haunt you! That’s when you need a reference manager. A reference manager will take care of most of the chores […]

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Using Videos in Your Presentations

You’ve seen it many times, you’ve probably done it too. Your speaker is going through a speech or a lesson. He or she knows that, used appropriately, a video can really enhance a presentation. So, here comes the clip. Suddenly, that’s when it all starts to go wrong. She clicks on the link on the […]

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Greek with XeTeX

One of my interests is ancient Greek. When I started using it used to be somewhat complicated to switch languages from whichever one I was using to Greek. It is now quite easy if you use XeTeX. This is the way I do it. The following instructions are specific for the Mac. If you use […]

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