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Language Teachers Hate This Man
2020-09-19 21:02
Some years ago I came across advertisements for Pimsleur language products. They contained pictures of the late American linguist, Paul Pimsleur, stating “language teachers hate this m… Read More
Choosing Russian
2020-08-26 05:35
Language learning has been an interest of mine for most of my life. It goes hand in hand with travelling. It gives the traveller access to otherwise hidden cultures and connects the historia… Read More
2020-08-11 12:00
Thank you to everyone who has followed me on this 10 Day musical journey. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! For the final day of our tour, I am returning once more to Africa, this time… Read More
2020-08-10 12:00
On day 6 of this musical survey, I highlighted an all-male choir from Nuristan, Afghanistan. Today, I want to highlight an all-female choir from Bulgaria. These are markedly different styles… Read More
2020-08-09 12:00
In 2018, I spent a wonderful six weeks in Sydney, Australia. I loved every minute of it: a glimpse of the royals when they visited the opera house, catching some sun at Bondi Beach, seeing t… Read More
2020-08-08 12:00
I originally had a different song in mind to share today. However, recent events have led me to change my plan slightly. On August 4th, the people of Lebanon experienced a massive tragedy wh… Read More
2020-08-07 12:00
If asked to pick a song that represents Afghanistan as a whole, I’d probably choose something by Ahmad Zahir or Farhad Darya. They are the biggest names, though I could list dozens of… Read More
2020-08-06 12:00
Back in my undergraduate days, I took a survey class on music from around the world. The primary textbook was Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples, by J… Read More
10 Days, 10 Countries, 10 Songs: Day 4
2020-08-05 12:00
I wouldn’t normally describe myself as a heavy metal aficionado. That said, I love these guys from Mongolia. For me, the use of throat singing and the Morin Khuur (horse-head fiddle) i… Read More
10 Days, 10 Countries, 10 Songs: Day 3
2020-08-04 12:00
As a graduate student in ethnomusicology, one of my assigned readings was Seize the Dance! by Michelle Kisliuk (1998). Kisliuk conducted research among the BaAka people of Central African Re… Read More

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