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11. Some Mysteries of Language Learning

An expert is a fool a thou­sand miles from home. Hav­ing suc­cess­fully failed to learn about nine lan­guages, I’m a vet­eran lan­guage learn­ing imbe­cile, always a thou­sand miles from suc­cess, and an eter­nally hope­ful begin­ner. I’ve also had the cheek … Con­tinue read­ing

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1. Learning to be Australian

This was a let­ter writ­ten to The Aus­tralian news­pa­per on 17 Feb­ru­ary 1993 (they declined to pub­lish it). I think that its mes­sage still has res­o­nance today. Dear sir, We have a large mir­a­cle on our hands here in Aus­tralia. Half … Con­tinue read­ing

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