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Introduction to Tamil


I figured since I am going to be traveling to India now starting in December, I should probably learn some words and phrases in Tamil. Tamil is the language spoken by the people who live in southern India (as is my understanding so far), unlike other parts of the population that speak Hindi. After searching online for some cds to help me learn to speak Tamil, I unfortunately came up dry; most foreign language programs teach Hindi, but not Tamil. I was hoping to be able to listen to the cds, especially while driving back and forth when I travel to IL.

I did stumble across a series of youtube videos that may prove to be helpful though for now. A lady with a lovely voice has created a series of twelve lessons, including an introductory video that explains some of the background information. I have watched a few of them, and I think with some practice and repetition, I will pick up many useful phrases. The helpful thing about these videos is that the words are written in English pronunciation, not in the Tamil alphabet. Someday I would like to learn to read and write it, but first things first – I need to at least be able to introduce myself and greet people! (more…)

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Winter Workout Blahs?


Working out is hard. If you’re like me, it gets even harder when the weather turns cold. My motivation level drops, my bed gets more comfortable, and The Scale becomes my mortal enemy.

This winter, however, I decided to fight back against my nemesis, The Scale. I started searching online for workout videos that would help keep me motivated. I ran across ExerciseTV (pardon the pun). They have free videos that range from a few minutes of training you on a new move, to full-length work outs. They give you many categories to choose from, as well as different instructors. So far I have found them motivating, and with so many options I haven’t gotten bored with it yet. And they are FREE! (more…)

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