Linguistic Hedonism

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If you can't find the route to pleasure in language-learning, you are doomed. Unless you are a masochist and enjoy perma-suffering. I do not.</p>
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For me, if language-learning is not fun, it's just not happening.</p>
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<img alt="Started a New Book, Persisch für Anfänger" src="/assets/images/uploads/Persisch_fuer_Anfaenger.JPG" style="width: 900px; height: 672px;" /></p>
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Started a New Book, Persisch für Anfänger</p>
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<img alt="My First Exercise in It...So Cute!" src="/assets/images/uploads/Persisch_fuer_Anfaenger_Exercise.JPG" style="width: 720px; height: 538px;" /></p>
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My First Exercise in It...So Cute!</p>
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Tonight I began a previously mentioned German book on Persian, <em>Persisch für Anfänger</em>. Instead of getting grammatical explanations in English, as I usually do, I am getting them entirely in German.</p>
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So far I love it. Asya Asbaghi, the author, definitely exploits the German language's characteristic trait of verbs at the end of loooooong dependent clauses. It's pretty funny. I feel as though I am kept waiting on the edge of my seat for the grammatical punchlines.</p>
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The design is beautiful, I have to say. I love the paper, the aesthetics, the font...such things so significantly add to the pleasure of language-learning. The author's cousin, the Iranian artist Abdi Asbaghi, did the illustrations.</p>
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I am just over the moon that I can read about Persian in German. Five years ago it would never have occurred to me to do something like this.</p>
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Every language learner needs to find his or her own version of linguistic hedonism. This may be mine. Or one of mine, anyway.</p>
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I am trying to decide between "linguistic hedonism" and "hedonistic linguistics." The second one sounds like a new type of exercise class. I would totally sign up for that, and I don't even like taking classes!</p>

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