I mentioned way back when that singing can help to learn a language. Listening to artists in my target language is one of my favorite ways to boost my vocabulary and listening/speaking abilities. Here are some of my favorite artists for each language; give ’em a try! The more asterisks (*), the more I love them.
* alan (c-pop j-pop) – Japanese, Mandarin
* Alex Fong (c-pop) – Cantonese
* Janice (c-pop) – Cantonese
** Jay Chou (c-pop) – Mandarin
Joey Yung (c-pop) – Cantonese
* Jolin Tsai (c-pop) – Mandarin
* Stephy Tang (c-pop) – Cantonese
Eva De Roovere (folk pop)
* Jurk (nederlandstalig pop)
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So, happy news for me as a programmer! The Game Maker Community Jam #8 competition was held recently. The GMC Jam is a competition with an average of over 50 entries that occurs once every three months on this large programming forum I frequent; each entry has to be made within the 72 hours from the late Friday to the late Monday during which it’s held. I met the Norwegian friend with whom I’m staying because of the GMC, so we’re both programmers and decided to team up and make a game. Our brainchild/game came in 2nd out of 62 entries! Download a copy of “The Little Tornado that Couldn’t” by clicking “Games” on the top bar, or just by clicking here.
And here’s the trophy:
Here is a useful list of links for news article sites (like newsnow.co.uk and onlinenewspapers.com and newspaperindex.com) to practice reading in other languages (* means they’re some of my favorites):
Akhbar (Danish news in Arabic) – Arabic
** Avisen (news) – Danish
* B.T. news) – Danish
Berlingske (news) – Danish
* Børsen (news) – Danish
The Copenhagen Post (Danish news in English)
Dagbladet Information (news) – Danish
DR (news) – Danish
* Ekstra Bladet (news) – Danish
** Erhvervs Bladet (business) – Danish
Ingeniøren (news) – Danish
* Jyllands-Posten (news) – Danish
* Kristeligt Dagblad (news) – Danish
* Politiken (politics) – Danish
TV2 (news) – Danish
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I’ve found a lot of differences between England, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the US in my travels, and I’d like to espouse on those here. Every place has its advantages and disadvantages, some more obvious than the others:
Default grocery stores: Sainsbury’s, Tesco.
Payment: Visa, MasterCard, and other major debit and credit cards; cash.
- Good food selection: There’s a huge selection of food here, much like in the US, and especially when you go to Sainsbury’s.
- Fair number of places to find cheap things: England has a lot of different shops, but even though they can be quite expensive, you can usually find another shop with a cheaper version of exactly what you were looking for.
Continue reading Pros and cons of different countries I’ve been to so far