Obras de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer – Tomo Primero is a collection of stories in Spanish available with recording and text (both plan and PDF). It was produced by Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse that has a lot more audio/text stories in English in its Lit2Go project.
MP3 recordings can be downloaded individually, but nice iTunes interface . . . → Read More: Spanish read and listen material: Obras de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
As part of doing a PhD in Computational Linguistics, I need to understand both computers and linguistics. I am fine with computers, but linguistics is not my strong point. Unfortunately, many of the linguistics books and resources are quite dry.
So, I was really happy to discover an audio course Story of Human Language from . . . → Read More: Story of Human Language – great introductory audio course on linguistics
These are new style language-learning websites that are trying to leverage community and/or new capabilities allowed by the internet:
SpanishSense – they have podcasts, PDFs, daily emails and a lot more. This site has been done by the same people who have been doing really successful ChinesePod for several years now. It looks very slick. . . . → Read More: 3 new language-learning websites
In my review of WordChamp and LingQ I mentioned that an ideal language learning system would have deep support for the specifics of the learner’s target language. I was asked to clarify what I mean by that.
I have now found an example of what could be a step in the right direction. It is . . . → Read More: Learning english prepositions – the smart way
WordChamp and LingQ are competing online language learning services that use learner driven approach and try to support multiple languages. WordChamp is a (recently) free service. LingQ is free during the current beta stage, as it is a rewrite of the existing paid English-only service The Linguist. Because both services try to be language-agnostic, they . . . → Read More: Review of WordChamp, LingQ and their mashup
It is really good to see more and more companies offering services that can be embedded in one’s own webpage. YouTube is probably the most known example, but the concept is applicable to many other types of services. WordChamp’s new Reader API is a great example of this. Between their Web reader, their Firefox . . . → Read More: On WordChamp’s embedded reader/translator
I really like WordChamp to help me with learning foreign languages. It was good for me when I was learning French. It is good to me now that I am learning Spanish. And the last couple of months it was getting better nearly on a weekly basis.
That did not used to be the case. . . . → Read More: Best language learning site for me: WordChamp
Сегодня – Международный день родного языка. Мой родной язык – Русский! Я горд моим родным языком даже если я не использую его каждый день.
Today – 21st of February – is the International Mother Language Day. My mother language is Russian! I am proud of my mother language, even if I do not get to . . . → Read More: International Mother Language Day
These days, learning a foreign language is considered a useful thing. The advantages are many: from travelling to foreign countries to getting a preferential treatment in the ethnic restaurants of your own to keeping the dementia away.
This was not always a case though, at least for China. Until 1844, it was illegal for a . . . → Read More: Is it a crime to learn a foreign language?
When I speak to other people about Esperanto, they often ask whether there are any practical uses to knowing the language beyond the language itself.
I used to talk about Pasporta Servo, ability to listen to other countries’ radio and global community. Now I just go straight for the big guns.
I ask them whether . . . → Read More: Speed learn a language through Esperanto