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Shannon Kennedy

I'm a language lover, traveler and musician sharing my adventures and language learning tips over at Eurolinguiste. Join me on Facebook for daily language learning and travel tips!

Cases in Croatian + a Free Cheatsheet
in Eurolinguiste

Cases in Croatian + a Free Cheatsheet

As a Croatian language learner, one of the things that I’ve struggled with is the case system.  In an earlier post, I wrote about cases and how they are used, but it wasn’t specific to Croatian. So instead, today I’d like to share the cases that are used in Croatian specifically, offer examples and a free PDF cheat sheet to help clarify things for you. ...

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23 Oct 2017
Scuba Diving with Manta Manta Diving in Bali, Indonesia
in Travel

Scuba Diving with Manta Manta Diving in Bali, Indonesia

I first earned my diving license at the age of fourteen. It’s something that I’ve done for a while. And it’s something for which my adoration and awe has yet to fade. Each time I slip below the surface, it’s, to use what is probably and over-used metaphor in terms of diving, like entering an entirely new world. I’m filled with the kind of wonder...

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19 Oct 2017
How Procrastination Will Destroy Your Language Studies & Tips for Overcoming It
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How Procrastination Will Destroy Your Language Studies & Tips for Overcoming It

I used to procrastinate. And okay, yes, if I’m completely honest, sometimes I still do. But I’m trying to kick the habit. In the past, I’d put things off because I always figured I’d get to them later. But then, I missed out on an important experience, thinking I’d get to do it the next time around. As you can guess, that didn’t happen and...

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16 Oct 2017
Food & Wine Experiences at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
in Culture & Cuisine, Travel

Food & Wine Experiences at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel

While I always enjoy traveling abroad whenever and wherever I can, I’ve learned that you don’t always need to pop on a plane to have an adventure. Becoming a parent has forced me to get more creative in my explorations, and I’ve started looking closer to home for fun things to do. Especially if they mean Little Linguist can tag along. And while the events...

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12 Oct 2017
30+ Blogging Vocabulary Terms in French
in Language Resources

30+ Blogging Vocabulary Terms in French

When learning another language, one of the most important things that you can do is learn vocabulary you’ll actually use. Forget all of the textbook word lists that encourage you to learn how to talk about currencies no longer used, cassette tapes and Walkmans, or terms for sports you have no interest in. Instead, create your own lists. Decide what your passions are and *you*...

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09 Oct 2017
A Review of Lingualift: An Online Coursebook for Japanese & Russian Language Learners
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A Review of Lingualift: An Online Coursebook for Japanese & Russian Language Learners

In studying Japanese, beyond learning a few conversational phrases, I needed a bit of direction. Most of the books I had focused on learning Kanji, but I needed something more. And so I decided to start looking for a coursebook to guide me. A while back, I remembered trying out Lingualift, but because I wasn’t studying Japanese, it didn’t make sense for me. Now that...

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25 Sep 2017
7 Things You Can Do in Tobago
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7 Things You Can Do in Tobago

When I first started studying ethnomusicology as an undergraduate student, one of teachers often shared his experiences studying the music of Trinidad and Tobago. The films he played in class were exciting, energetic and impressive feats of musicianship. I learned a lot about Carnival, but I wasn’t prepared for the beauty of the beaches when I finally had the chance to make a trip out...

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21 Sep 2017
How to Stop Translating in Your Head: Or Why I Think You Shouldn’t
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How to Stop Translating in Your Head: Or Why I Think You Shouldn’t

You finally work up the courage to have a conversation in your target language. The other person starts speaking and your wheels are spinning. “Vous parlez français… C’est… Comment avez-vous… Est-ce que vous m’avez compris ?” The words come to you in fragments because you’re translating as much of what they’re saying to you back into your native language to sort out what it all...

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18 Sep 2017
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