2017

A library full of books that could make the perfect corpus

I have compiled a list of places where one can look for corpora. This list is not limited to one language only, but rather I am listing resources that are multilingual. (more…)

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finger touching a lamp in darkness

I entered the classroom and looked at the teacher's desk. The professor who usually gave the classes wasn't there, but a student who looked a bit lost had taken his place. He wasn't even looking at his computer when he was typing. Was he trying to show off, I wondered. (more…)

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A shop full of books for language 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…)

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game pieces divided into two groups by their colour

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…)

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An iMac with a glowing screen in an ill lit room

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…)

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A light bulb on a desk

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…)

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A newspaper, eyeglasses and a phone

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…)

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Pikachu playing pokemon go

I blogged before about new evolutions coming to Pokémon Go when the 2nd generation arrives… And guess what? It all came true, the new evolutions were indeed introduced into the game. And if you followed my list of Pokémon to catch, you sure got some pretty easy Pokédex entries when the 2nd gen hit the game. 😁 (more…)

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the start image of MKH soft Vocabulary Teacher

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…)

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