My Practical Hacking Portuguese Plan

So, you perhaps you’ve read I’m headed to Brazil soon. Very soon. In fact, when you read this I will already be there. I need to learn Portuguese fast. I don’t have time for dilly-dally, clicking pictures, or time-consuming, low-yield efforts at learning the language. …

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Brazil Can’t Wait

Here’s a big secret: I’ve been dreaming about going to Brazil off and on for the past 3 years. I can’t wait any longer. I’m going to Brazil. Why now? Going to Brazil has been one of my main desires ever since I had the …

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Review Of SpanishPod101.com: Very Useful Once Beyond Beginner’s Level

I’ve written on a few language learning resources I’ve found helpful in the process of learning Spanish, including Pimsleur and Livemocha. In addition, I haven’t written about the piles of resources I’ve found unhelpful, but rather why certain methodologies in general don’t seem to work …

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Goodbye Asunción

So… I’ve left Asunción Paraguay. I lasted 7 days. Here’s some of why: hot, mosquitoes, lack of easy / intuitive apartment finding, lack of inspiration… heat, mosquitoes… We just didn’t gel well, Asunción and me. It’s probably my fault. I mean, I’m pretty picky. I …

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Asunción: First Impressions

The city of Asunción is rather interesting. First, it’s not that well known in the travel-blog sphere of things, but Asunción the largest city in Paraguay… as far as I can tell, the only one with the attractions of big city life, i.e. restaurants, clubs …

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Hello Asúncion, Paraguay

It should be obvious by now if you read this blog (subscribe to the RSS here) that one big thing I am interested in these days is finding places to live. I tend to travel slowly, and in fact, do not like the actual experience …

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Accelerating The Search For Liveable Cities

A few weeks ago, the question that really came to me was… how long does it take to know if a city is liveable for you? In other words, how long do you need to spend in a city before you can make a decision …

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Fluency vs. Proficiency (And Why It Matters)

If you read this blog, you probably know I have been learning Spanish. It has been my first attempt to learn a foreign language in a functional, life-enhancing way, which would enable me to play, live, and do business comfortably in Latin America (among other …

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How Long Does It Take To Decide If You Would Live In A Place?

Along the lines of what I’ve written recently, I want to think about an open question: How long does it take for you to decide whether you could see yourself living in a city? I see this as a central question for myself through 2012 …

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