On Playing Chinese Bingo

Posted by banane on September 20th, 2011 — in iphone dev, language

I’ve been thinking of making this app ever since we started the Bingo franchise. This is perhaps the hardest language I’ve learned next to Russian, and was super excited to have a simple little game I can play casually. The other day I looked over my sister’s shoulder as she played with almost every Chinese […]

Games Aren’t Just for Kids: Learn French with Bingo

Posted by banane on September 12th, 2010 — in language

I’ve been doing some competitive research on adult language learning tools- namely for French but also for Spanish- and I’ve realized that we let our kids play games, but we don’t let ourselves, as adults, play games. There’s an iPhone app out there that literally, for $0.99, just has lists of vocabulary words! That’s what […]

Computers vs. Poetry Death Match

Posted by banane on March 24th, 2010 — in language, technology

I really loved the Ada story- I heard about it in detail from How Stuff Work’s “What You Missed in History Class.” That night I ended up rehashing almost the entire story to my niece and nephew and their parents. Not just that I’m kind of obsessed with British peerage (oddly a generation or two […]

Being Laughed At

Posted by banane on February 25th, 2010 — in language, technology

I really don’t have time to write this post but I’ve been thinking about it a lot. Lately, I’ve run into a few conversational moments where people actually laughed at me. Not with me, not about something else, but at something I had said in all seriousness. Basically: relating to my career and life goals. […]

Long Car Rides

Posted by banane on January 6th, 2010 — in language, travel

I had a long car-ride with my sister Amy- Berkeley-SF-Monterey and back a day later. We had some amazing conversations. Mostly, though, they are the conversations that don’t exhaust after 15 minutes. It’s a depth of conversation that I don’t experience usually. Sometimes with coworkers, where we see each other every day for lunch, and […]

Fearing Failure

Posted by banane on June 19th, 2009 — in feminism, language, technology

A director friend at dinner the other night mentioned that people fear failure so much they won’t try new things. That it stunts the creative process, too. I’ve never had a problem learning in public- a contentious issue when I was learning Ruby on Rails recently. I asked this on FriendFeed the other day– “name […]

Notes About Other Languages

Posted by banane on February 17th, 2009 — in language

Ran across this phrase in my “homework” (reading my book club book in French): “d’un coup sec” Context: “Je poussai d’un coup sec les persiennes.” OK so literally I translated: “I pushed with a salty clap the Persians.” Wrong! It’s actually, “I smartly opened the blinds.” I’m not a francophile, but in reading this I […]

AHHA KAREHEHA

Posted by banane on October 28th, 2008 — in about writing, language, travel, walk to work

Ever since I was little I’d look at this one book on the shelf: Ahha Kareheha, or, that’s how I read it. We also had “CHEKHOV” which is really confusing, since that’s not even Cyrillic (there is no V like that), but some 1950s book editor who thought it’d be funny to print an English […]

Fika & Backslang

Posted by banane on March 22nd, 2008 — in language

I decided to translate some Swedish this morning for practice- met my 2nd removed Swedish cousins the other day so planning on visiting at some time- and knowing (at least some of) the language always makes visiting a richer experience. Anyways, I’m translating away (a post about refugees from Iraq, “Irak” in Swedish criticizing Tobias […]

Kayaking & Russian

Posted by banane on June 1st, 2007 — in fitness, language

On a total lark, drove up to Sausalito with Tink and met up with some college alum for full moon paddle. I only knew one guy – Paul Anderson who is a brilliant songwriter – and ended up having a great time and (hopefully) making good friendships. What stuck with me all night, through dreams […]