Finding a good language study book for self-study 📚

In this post, I have gathered all the important aspects you have to look at when you are buying a language study book. I base this list on my personal experiences as a language self-learner (or autodidact as we are called). And trust me, when it comes to study books, I have seen the best and worst of them. 🤓 (more…)

Ingroups and outgroups. How we divide people in groups intuitively.

A claim that comes from the very core of the social psychology is that we cannot imagine a life without social groups. If we didn’t group people, we couldn’t even understand who we are ourselves. We build our identity based on the social groups we belong to, such as nationality, profession, gender and so on. 👨🏻‍🎤  👨🏻‍🏫  👨🏻‍🏭 (more…)

An app to resize Launchpad icons on macOS

So you want to resize Launchpad on macOS? When Apple introduced the launchpad a couple of OSX versions back the screen resolutions used to be a whole lot smaller. Remember when HD still was a thing? 😃 Anyways, launchpad icons just look awfully huge on a 2K or 4K display but macOS doesn’t provide any settings to adjust their size to show more of them on a single page on Launchpad. Luckily, yours truly came up with a solution! 🤓 (more…)

Meaning and the brain. What are concepts?

Previously, I have blogged about meaning in language, and especially the dichotomy related to it. Now, I feel, it’s the time to look at the issue from another perspective. Sure, our language models meaning in its own way, but how is it represented in the brain? This post will be about concepts and how they are understood. 🤓 (more…)

Meaning in language - semantics vs pragmatics

When we communicate, the most important thing our words seem to convey is a meaning of some sort. It’s quite easy for us to intuitively understand what words such as dog 🐕 or cat 🐈 mean. But for a linguist, it’s a whole different story. (more…)

Tips for language self-study 🎓

When it comes to learning a language on my own, I am a true expert. I studied Spanish entirely on my own and reached to such a high skill level that I was accepted to study the language in the University of Helsinki. How did I do it, when people having studied the language in proper courses given by professional teachers failed to get accepted? 😯

There isn’t really anything magical to learning a language. The key thing that is needed is that you as a language learner have to be active in learning. If you never touch a dictionary to figure out what new words mean, you are doomed to fail. Another crucial point is to have a good study book. This post, however, focuses more on other ways to practice the language than a study book.  📗 (more…)