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  1. Barry Jones Thatcher

    Good faith concessions…all I heard you talk about were concessions from the pro firearms, what concessions are on the table from the gun ban side? History seems to show that any concession from the pro firearms side doesn’t result in any lessening of demands from the gun ban side (witness the so called assault weapons ban of the 1990s – they got that but continued to push for more and more). Compromise requires good faith on both sides – the anti gun people are not dealing from a good faith position. So, No longer am I interested in compromising on the issue. All I see is more restrictions with nothing in return. I have taken my last concessionary step. Period. Although, I heard one pundit say he would entertain discussion on the issue if the other side agreed to implement the exact same restrictions and regulations on immigration or voter ID…which seems to shut down the conversation.

    Also, I don’t think the left gives a darn about gun control as such. They view it as another way to restrict and control primarily. If you want to to slow or even stop school shootings “harden” schools with single points of entry(the school in FL had multiple points of entry , most of which were not monitored) with security people overseeing the entry point, metal detectors (if needed), harden classroom doors (at least one person at the school was shot thru the door), etc. Guns are a tool, security is policy and a policy that can be easily implemented.

    Reference naming names of the perp – there is a difference between “news reporting” and commentary. Names and data on hard news stories and shows but leave the perpetrators name out of the commentary/commentary shows (and most of the shows on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc are commentary not hard news). there is more to be said, but running out of space!!! Hang in there – another good podcast….

    :)

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    • February 20, 2018, at 8:53 AM PST
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  2. Jim Wright Coolidge

    When I lived in Korea 30+ years ago, the favorite way the locals had to practice English was American pop songs. With K-Pop being a thing now, it’s a good approach in reverse. Ballads are a bit easier to sing along to than Gangnam Style. K-Drama is rampant on Netflix and Hulu, and there’s plenty on YouTube – and often subtitled. “Oh My Ghost(ess)” is a personal favorite.

    I do use Duolingo for practice. I also get a lot of user manuals in multiple languages; having a Rosetta Stone of technical documentation can be useful, but the jargon isn’t wildly useful outside of tech. Playing around with translate.google.com, round-robining simple phrases to see how they come out. It provides romanized pronunciation and a decent text-to-speech renderer, so it makes it easier to practice the things you actually want to say.

    There’s around 1500 Chinese characters in common use in South Korea (North Korea doesn’t use them at all); with a base of around 300 you can read an awful lot. I’d start with the basic numbers (1-10, 100 (bek), 1000 (Cheon), and 10000 (Man), which are the basic units of currency; the symbols for day, month, and year, and days of the week, and a few others. Symbols you’re most likely to see on street signs or shop fronts.

    Learning Korean: the alphabet can be “mastered” in a day or so; the consonants, in a couple of minutes. The letters are grouped by syllables; always starts with a consonant followed by a vowel, ending with 0-2 consonants, with 1 being most common. There are six basic vowels, and a handful more compound vowels that mix the six in logical ways.

    Here’s the consonants, in dictionary order.

    Canada – Rah! (가 – ga; 나 – na; 다 – da; 라 – ra/la)

    Mah paw saw a jaw Chaw (마 – ma; 바 – ba; 사 – sa; 아 – a; 자 – ja; 차 – CHa)

    Kaw. Taw. Paw. Hah! (카 – Ka; 타 – Ta; 파 – Pa; 하 – Ha)

    The softer g / b / d / j sounds are made hard by adding a line.

    You get the glottal-stop version of them by doubling them up (까, 따, 빠, 싸, 짜)

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    • February 20, 2018, at 10:12 AM PST
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  3. 4CuriousJohn Thatcher

    Beth

    try italki.com. To have someone teach you for $25

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    • February 21, 2018, at 9:01 AM PST
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