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Forgetting your Spanish too quickly? Take a nap

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 04:59:11 +0000

(Philadelphia) If you've ever pulled an all-nighter to sneak in some extra studying right before a test, you'll be surprised to find out that your study spree was probably detrimental to your performance the next day. Assistant Neuroscience professor Marcos Frank, PhD and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania have published research describing how cells change to promote the formation of memories when you sleep.



Translating a Book Could Cost you your Life

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 17:25:11 +0000

(Kabul, Afghanistan) Six men have been imprisoned for their part in translating the Quran into one of the languages spoken in Afghanistan. They are accused of modifying and trying to supplant the original Arabic version of the Quran, Islam's holy book. The men will go on trial on Sunday.



Quick! Start using these words before they are removed from the dictionary

Mon, 06 Oct 2008 19:54:19 +0000

The Collins English Dictionary is planning to remove 24 words from their dictionary to "make room for up to 2,000 new entries", according to Time Magazine's website. I don't know if they are removing them from an unabridged version or if they are cleaning up a pocket-sized dictionary. Removal from an unabridged dictionary seems inappropriate, even if they are extremely uncommon words.



Pastime: Using the Subjunctive in English

Fri, 26 Sep 2008 17:24:42 +0000

I never knew the subjunctive existed or what it was until studying Spanish. And after learning the Spanish subjunctive mood, I learned that English still has vestiges of the subjunctive. Now, one of my favorite pastimes is to use the grammatically correct, but somewhat unusual subjunctive in English, especially declining to join the two clauses […]



Learning Spanish & English with I Love Lucy

Wed, 03 Sep 2008 17:56:49 +0000

First let’s learn some Spanish Now for some English … I hope you enjoyed a laugh or two. If you want to watch some more, there are plenty on Youtube.



Are You in Love with Spanish Grammar?

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 16:49:36 +0000

Whether or not you’re in love, the new Spanish Grammar Reference might be of interest to you. It’s a wiki, meaning that any Tomisimo member can edit it. I have primed the pump with a few articles on topics related to grammar and specifically Spanish grammar. So feel free to take it for a spin […]



Macs Usados

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:53:29 +0000

¿Qué pensaría Steve Jobs de esto?



Children’s Insight

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:34:45 +0000

About one in sixty-two thousand forwarded emails is worthy of reading. This is one of them. I thought all the teachers out there would like to read this. And if you want to do a similar exercise in class you can post some of the results in the comments. For the non-native speakers, if you want to know the correct version of any of these proverbs, just ask!



The New Idiom Dictionary is Live!

Mon, 30 Jun 2008 16:32:27 +0000

For the past couple of weeks I have been hard at work creating the framework for an Idiom dictionary for Tomisimo. An idiom is a word or phrase that does not mean what it says literally, such as telling an actor to "break a leg"...



The Importance of Punctuation

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 23:57:38 +0000

Last night I was in a class where we learned about the importance of punctuation in Spanish. Consider this sentence: Un señor tenía un perro y la madre del señor era también el padre del perro. Here’s a literal translation: A man had a dog and the mother of the man was also the father […]