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Book review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

It’s a fascinating read. It’s a memoir of a young woman who makes the brave, yet vulnerable step and decides to hike alone the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The author’s life became unbearably painful after her mother’s death and she began harming herself and others. The PCT became her self-discovery...

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Book review: Language strategies for bilingual families. The one-parent-one-language approach by Suzanne Barron-Hauwaert

This is an interesting and useful publication for bilingual families. Mainly, because each chapter finishes with some comments from the parents on the topics discussed in the given chapter. I think it’s a very good addition to the research-based theory, the real voice of bilingual parents. What is the one-parent-one-language...

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Book review: Zen: The Art of Simple Living. by Shunmyō Masuno

Zen is a perfect bed-time read. It’ll calm you down and give you some perspective on your worries, stress, sadness, but also all the positive aspects of your life. It’s written by Shunmyō Masuno, a Japanese Zen Buddhist who very gently, but also practically, leads us into the Zen philosophy,...

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Book review: Chineasy. The New Way to Read Chinese by Shaolan

Learning a language is a journey. We love exploring different languages: how they work, look, and sound, and today we’re going to try Chinese. We’ll learn Chinese characters using Chineasy, a learning recourse created by Shaolan (Taiwanese now living in London). The idea behind Chineasy was born when Shaolan tried...

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Book review: Le Mot Juste by Imogen Fortes

We read on the back cover: “celebrating the art of the French language”. Beautiful, huh?   Le mot juste is a collection of French words, phrases and quotations with their actual meaning, pronunciation and sometimes also literal translation. I think it’s a good way to refresh one’s French if it’s...

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Book review: Walking. One Step at a Time by Erling Kagge

Walking is man’s best medicine. Hippocrates Paradise is where I am. Voltaire This book is genius. That should be my whole review, but I’ll try to explain why. Erling Kagge is a Norwegian explorer and the author of Silence (my book review you can read here) which is a fascinating...

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Book review: Neither here nor there. Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson

Love it or hate it, it’s definitely an interesting read (especially since it was written in the 90s – that’s almost pre-Internet era!). Neither here nor there by Bill Bryson, an American-British writer and traveller, takes us on a tour around well-known European cities. The book is written with a...

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Book review: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

“A walk in the woods will never be the same again.” [cover] Why read about trees when you’re learning a new language? First, for pleasure, as it’s a fascinating read. Peter Wohlleben presents many interesting scientific facts about trees: he talks about some mysterious truths (why deciduous trees drop leaves...

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Book review: Bilingual Games. Some Literary Investigations, ed. by Doris Sommer

Speaking another language is quite simply the minimum and primary condition for being alive. Julia Kristeva It’s a thought-provoking and fascinating read. Bilingual Games, edited by Doris Sommer, presents the idea of bilingualism from many different perspectives. The book is divided into 5 parts and each of them contains essays...

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Book review: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Translated into 35 languages & with many positive reviews, I couldn’t resist the temptation of reading it. What’s more I rarely read fiction, so it was a treat. I had mixed, bitter-sweet feelings when I was reading the book: On one hand I was laughing out loud and on the...

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