An anonymous woman’s harrowing account of post-WWII life in Berlin

Twitter tells me that August is #WomenInTranslation month. (I'm thrilled both to realize that this is a thing, and that it's happening at this moment. No waiting!) There is a trove of tweets on the subject that I've eagerly riffled through. Then I asked myself, if I were to dedicate a post to this, what … Continue reading An anonymous woman’s harrowing account of post-WWII life in Berlin

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The incredible case of Kató Lomb, the woman who taught herself 16 languages

For the past year, I've been trying to learn Spanish. I started out knowing zilch - and had to begin with the alphabet. It's hard to learn a language as an adult. When people ask me why I'm trying anyway, I say travel, culture, the ability to speak and read another language. For fun, quite … Continue reading The incredible case of Kató Lomb, the woman who taught herself 16 languages