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A Tale of Two Seeds

Posted: Monday, July 28th, 2008 @ 3:23 pm in Health, Language, Nutrition and Diet | No Comments »

My friend minkymomo raved about the nutritional qualities and general tastiness of pumpkin seeds. So I stopped at a well-stocked health food store and picked up a package of shelled pumpkin seeds. But they looked grey. So I put them back on the shelf. But she said I should get some. So I picked them […]

Verbal Precision — Virtue or Vice?

Posted: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm in Expat, Language | 1 Comment »

Thomas asks some interesting questions in his comment to my post on This Delightful German Language. “Does the structure of the language influence the structure of the thoughts? When German is such a complicated language can there be any easy thinking for Germans, or are Germans inherently more trained to complex abstract models?” One of […]

This Delightful German Language

Posted: Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 @ 5:02 pm in Expat, Language | 5 Comments »

For the amusement of English speakers who haven’t had the pleasure of learning this excellent German language, I present a prime example of how much information a German can pack into the subject of a sentence, before he has reached the first verb. On Sunday I was scrolling through the teletext news for the television […]