Can you dance an Elbow Hook?

Left/Right. Throw change to get lady out to Right/Left, her Left foot right in front of guy’s Right foot. Signal for Elbow hook with Left fist, elbow bent at shoulder height. Roll lady in Anticlockwise, letting go of her. She steps Left Right Left and on 2nd Right step, she hooks her Right arm under and through the guy’s Left arm (locking onto his forearm, not bicep, her hand actually going through the gap not right under). He steps forward onto Left foot and kicks up and around with his Right leg, turning himself Anticlockwise. At same time lady steps back onto her Right and ronde sweeps her Left leg backwards (Anticlockwise). The guy spins Anticlockwise with the lady’s Right arm loosely around his waist as he spins inside her arm, with his arms high as lady walks Anticlockwise backwards around the guy Left Right Left Right. The guy’s Left arm then drops around the lady’s waist, her Right arm wraps around his back and under his Left arm.

Learning more than one language at a time

After my first year at high school when I studied French and German, I had always thought this was too difficult. In hindsight I think what was confusing to me was the different approaches to teaching the languages used by the two teachers involved. If the method had been consistent then I don’t think it would have been such a problem.

What I am finding these days is that you need some difference if you want to try to learn more than one language at the same time.

For example, when I tried to learn Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi at the same time using Pimsleur, I got really confused for the first five minutes or so. This is because the English prompts are the same regardless of the other language. So you find yourself answering in Turkish to phrases that should be answered in Arabic, but it does pass if you stick with it.

What I thought I’d try instead was to combine different foreign language courses. So I tried Michel Thomas Foundational Arabic vs. Paul Noble’s Italian vs. Pimsleur’s Turkish.

This sort of combination seems to work better, since the prompts and the styles are different between the languages. The Pimsleur one does seem slow-paced though in comparison, as I’ve noted elsewhere.

Then I tried another experiment with the Michel Thomas Foundational courses, trying the Chinese, Japanese, German and Russian courses at the same time. These seem to be doable, without any of the confusion I experienced with the Pimsleur attempt, because the instructors all have different voices. So when you’re listening to one particular course your brain is able to easily remember which language you’re supposed to be responding in. I’ve only been doing a track or two at a time before switching language, rather than a whole CD. (Being in different places in the different language courses might also help, but I haven’t really tested that out).

What I think I’ll do in the future is try to work through all the Michel Thomas and Paul Noble courses I can, and then use Pimsleur to try to fill in any language gaps (since working through the Pimsleur courses looks like it will take the longest in terms of time commitment).

I almost managed to complete Pimsleur’s Turkish course

I almost managed to make it all the way through Pimsleur’s Turkish, but the last few lessons, 27 through 30, got a bit boring because I could understand the dialogue at the start and the pacing just seemed too slow. Perhaps this is because I had studied some Turkish before I started the course? (Either that or I’d watched too much Turkish television on YouTube!)

Can you dance the Double Basket Twist and Spin?

Double. Start a basket, sway back, sway forward, unwrap her Clockwise to face, then lower the left and raise the right and keep turning her Clockwise to wrap her into your left hand side (you have not turned, she is facing forward). Lower the right arm and sway her back, then both turn 180 degrees Anticlockwise on the spot as you lower your left hand and place your right on her shoulder (keeping hold of her hands) – difficult! Now nudge with your shoulder and turns her 1.5 Clockwise (letting go of left hand) and prepare her left for an Anticlockwise 360 degrees spin.