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Sibagu update

This blog has been pretty inactive of late, and the main reason is that I have been overwhelmingly busy with the Sibagu website (Sibagu : Bird Names in Oriental Languages). I’m pleased to announce that sections for Birds of Thailand … Continue reading

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Learning Inner Mongolian (4): Language-learning site

The now completed second term at my Mongolian classes was devoted to building up reading skills. This was done by reading from a children’s textbook. As we went along, we were told the meaning of vocabulary, given an idea of … Continue reading

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Learning Inner Mongolian (3): Learning the script

I’ve now done a page on making sense of the Mongolian script, based on my learning experience with the Mongolian Language and Culture Classes. As mentioned previously, I started learning this script by myself in 2008 but dismally failed to … Continue reading

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Learning Inner Mongolian (2): Spelling pronunciations as a method of teaching

I initially taught myself the traditional Mongolian script in 2008. It was always a struggle to keep the script fixed in mind and even more difficult to hazard a reasonable guess at the pronunciation of written texts. Learning the script … Continue reading

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Learning Inner Mongolian (1)

One reason this blog has become sporadic of late is that I’ve started attending beginner-level Mongolian classes once a week at Minzu University. The classes started in September, but thanks to three weeks in Tokyo and the Chinese national day … Continue reading

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Shots of Tokyo

There is something truly impressive about Tokyo. While Hong Kong’s jungle of buildings built on rocky islands and peninsulas beside the water is more picturesque and vibrant, while Shanghai conveys the raw power of rapid high-rise development, and while Beijing … canadian viagra

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Pitfalls in comparing translations

For better or for worse, comparisons of vocabulary and translations in different languages have been the alpha and omega of my two sites (cjvlang and sibagu). So it has been since the beginning (Days of the Week in Chinese, Japanese, … Continue reading

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Mongolian-language bookstores in Ulaanbaatar

Since I recently had an opportunity to visit Ulaanbaatar (still known to many as Ulan Bator), I couldn’t resist doing a page on Mongolian-language bookshops in Ulaanbaatar as a companion piece to that on Mongolian-language bookhops in Hohhot. However, I … canadian viagra generic

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Mongolian-language bookstores in Hohhot

Recently I had occasion to go to Hohhot for several days, where my main activity was visiting Mongolian-language bookshops and buying books in or about Mongolian. In the hope that it may be of use to anyone who wants to … Continue reading

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