ACTFL Language Conference!

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Over the past two months, I have spent a ton of time on language, but hardly any time writing about language. Oops. Blogs don't really work if you don't write.</p>
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So anyway, I am back.</p>
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<img alt="En Route to Newark Airport Today" src="/assets/images/uploads/En_Route_to_Newark_Airport_2014.jpg" style="width: 960px; height: 720px;" /></p>
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En Route to Newark Airport Today</p>
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Let me get down to business right away and say that I am trying to decide what to do about Persian. I feel a need to move on to other languages, yet I love Persian and also feel a need to finish my Persian books. I will decide what to do this weekend, while at the <a href="http://www.actfl.org">ACTFL Annual Convention &amp; World Language Expo</a> in San Antonio, Texas, which is where this is being typed.</p>
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ACTFL stands for American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Apparently the acronym is pronounced <em>ACT-full</em>.&nbsp;</p>
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I am severely excited, because tomorrow morning I am going to see a ginormous cavernous space filled to the brim with language books. I have never seen such a thing in my life. I should bring smelling salts.</p>
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I would like to summarize the events of the past two months very briefly: I have been helping plan the Polyglot Conference NYC 2015 (details to be announced very soon), doing a ton of teaching (of business writing and grammar), spending a lot of time talking about language on social media (which I confess I enjoy tremendously and get great ideas from), and taking tourists who don't speak English around New York City in order to practice my language skills. That last thing, as I have mentioned before, is a volunteer gig through <a href="http://bigapplegreeter.org">Big Apple Greeter</a>.</p>
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I am also dedicating a great deal of time to not exercising. For that reason, I had to buy emergency pants for this conference. I hate buying emergency pants. It is so ungratifying. I intend to reform myself when I return to New York City.</p>
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Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy language energy. That's the formula!&nbsp;</p>

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