Memrise Binge

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My grand intentions in my last blog entry have not quite been realized, and for that I blame <a href="http://memrise.com">Memrise</a>, which continues to entice me late at night to binge on all kinds of languages. The situation is a bit out of control.</p>
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<img alt="New York's Penn Station at Rush Hour Last Week: How Many Languages?" src="/assets/images/uploads/Penn_Station_Amtrak.jpeg" style="width: 720px; height: 538px;" /></p>
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New York's Penn Station at Rush Hour Last Week: How Many Languages?</p>
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Memrise has also been a gateway drug to the <a href="http://www.antosch-and-lin.com">Antosch &amp; Lin</a> collection of websites. The Antosch &amp; Lin folks offer 12 different languages, as I have mentioned before, and I am running from one to another like a crazy lady.</p>
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What happens is that I stay up way too late trying to boost my Memrise points (they keep score over there) and just generally add to stores of vocabulary. When I stay up too late, I don't get enough sleep. When I don't sleep enough, I don't want to run. When I don't want to run, it messes with my&nbsp;<a href="http://ellenjovin.com/blog/the-pimsleur-diet">Pimsleur Diet</a>, launched earlier this month.</p>
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Speaking of which: I have modified my Pimsleur Diet. Though I love Pimsleur's audio lessons, I can't bear to do them without pursuing various written materials simultaneously, and I don't really see fitting in a whole bunch of new languages right now with Pimsleur <em>and</em>&nbsp;grammar books--for Croatian and Lithuanian and Cantonese and so on--when I already have a dozen or so other languages I want to keep working on. So for a more relaxing version of the Pimsleur Diet, I am redoing old lessons.</p>
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Right now I am on Russian.</p>
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And <em>here</em> is the good news! It is much easier to do these lessons the second time around. Despite the passage of multiple years since my first go-arounds, my redoing of Hebrew lessons, and then Arabic, and now Russian, has gone much more smoothly than my original encounters. That means that amid the flood of multi-language input, and the constant forgetting, there is also some constant remembering, somewhere in the recesses of my mind.&nbsp;</p>
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How delightful.</p>

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