Free language app!

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How do I learn a language.

What resources are there for use?

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German vs. Mandarin Chinese

I'm a 20-year old Romanian guy and would like to study one of these languages, but I'm still on the fence.

German:

+ is an European language, and I live in the EU

+ I really like how it sounds

+ is also spoken in Belgium, Switzerland and Austria

+ has AWESOME music

+ fairly interesting culture

+ Bundesliga!

- the grammar is annoying to learn (have dashed into German before)

- some compound words can be frustrating

- some Germans don't see Romania in a good light, for reasons I won't mention

Mandarin:

+ lately I'm falling in love with Far Asian culture and history (and even the pop culture from there)

+ leaves an open door for Korean and Japanese

+ also sounds pretty cool

+ grammar is easy

+ you really have the sense of an accomplishment

+ is spoken by over one billion people

- the writing/reading system is frustrating, to say the least

- tones can get in the way, but there are many European languages that are harder to pronounce for me (Polish, French...)

- China is just starting to spread its influence over the EU

Based on these info, which one should I go for? I'm slightly leaning towards Chinese but I wanna know your opinions as well :)

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French Class

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Accent reduction for English?

(Native English speaker here) Is there any way I can find someone to teach me to speak clearly or clearer ? I have a Maryland-central- a little Baltimore/ country mixed in. After college I noticed that because of moving, sometimes people don't give me the same time of day bc it can sound twangy. I know I shouldn't care but I would like to speak clearly and sound better only because I am planning on moving up in my career of business + law and I just want to sound professional rather than from the sea port crabs town

  • if anyone can mount me in a direction I would greatly appreciate !
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Me playing with Google Translator to make it generate real-time transcriptions

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When learning a language, what's the best way to watch films?

New language audio, with your native language subtitles; Native language audio, with new language subtitles; Or simply new language audio with no subtitles whatsoever?

P.S. the word "language" looks so strange to me now...

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I try to learn as much French as I can in an hour... How'd I do?

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Can someone identify an Italian accent this man is speaking?

I find his pronunciation the most pleasing and I'm interested if this is a standard Italian or regional accent?

If any Italians are watching; is there anything specific in a way he speaks or it sounds pretty standard to you?

Thanks.

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Books for learning arabic?

Hey lads!

I have already checked out the sidebar for arabic resources before anyone asks and I haven't really found a textbook for beginners in arabic which would be available on ebay or any other site, so I am just curious if any of you fellow seekers of knowledge have found anything of value regarding the subject.

Any resource in form of a text or guidebook in either english/spanish/french/hungarian would be highly appreciated! Thanks for your time, have a great day! 😁

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I'd like to know some stories about your improvement after watching all the 10 seasons of friends

So, basically I'm watching friends in English without subtitles and I'm at the 5th season and I can feel some improvement after watching 5 seasons. I'd like to know how much did you guys improved after watching all the 10 seasons because I want to know what level I can achieve after watching It all.

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Offer: polish (native), look for English speaker

I'm a Polish native speaker, I'm looking for someone to speak in English and polish to exchange languages.

Thanks for attention Bye

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Managing time when learning languages

A genuinely curious question to those who have learnt or are learning multiple languages. How do you manage your time? And how much time per day would you say you spend on each of your languages?

I'm currently double majoring in French and German at university, and have taken a few elective classes in Italian in order to get a minor, but I often find it difficult to fit in enough time for my target languages. My German has become pretty solid now, but I still struggle with French, and so this year i've decided to focus more on French, but I then feel I run out of time for my other languages.

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What languages are you learning?

I am curious what languages other people are learning as I decided a couple of months ago to learn czech. reason 1 was because I wanted to learn a new language and I liked this language .Reason 2 is that I have a friend who is knows czech well and has helped me .I have been learning a lot of czech over the past couple of months mainly using language apps on my phone ( The one I use is duolingo, its really good!).I also know french and english(if you could not already guess)

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Tower of Babel circa 600 BC.

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Trying to learn Portuguese :)

I've been really interested in learning Portuguese lately. I'm a native Spanish speaker and would love to learn Portuguese as a sort of hobby. I love to listen to podcasts, are there any y'all recommend? I'm really looking to do this in an enjoyable way instead of the more conventional ways of studying. Tips on where to start learning? Any advice would help.

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Does it help anything to listen to podcasts in the language you want to learn, but not understanding anything?

I have spare time while driving, but I'm a beginner driver and I have to concentrate on the road, and not on the podcast. Otherwise, I would understand the podcast

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I know this is incorrect, but why is this an option?

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How does the GSE help me (and why is it better to use it?)

The Global Scale of English (GSE) has a number of relevant uses for students, teachers, institutions and government ministries alike.

It was designed, primarily, to give teachers more information about what students need to learn, as well as to address the limitations of a six-level CEFR. The scale does this by expanding on the original CEFR framework by breaking down the current bands into more granular ‘can-do’ statements.

The global scale of English in action

To make this scale practical for teachers, we developed the GSE Teacher Toolkit to accompany it. This planning tool helps teachers access the information they need, including learning objectives for reading, writing, listening and speaking. It also contains a grammar and vocabulary database, which helps teachers ensure that their classroom aims and content are relevant.

So let’s break down how the GSE supports everyone in the learning process, including students, teachers, language schools, universities, and education authorities.

It is powerful and easy to use

Easy to navigate and use, the GSE allows educators to plan programs or lessons based on class and individual needs. It also helps students to gauge their progress, schools to measure the success of their programs in meeting course outcomes, and materials writers to more easily create targeted content for specific learning objectives. It can support ministries in defining a curriculum which will help their population achieve the level and goals they decide are appropriate.

Ultimately, the GSE helps educators, schools and content developers improve learner motivation and engagement. Not only does it allow them to see the progress they are making but it also helps them move on faster by focusing on new content that is relevant to them.

Find out how you can prepare students for the world of work with the GSE.

The GSE helps teachers answer their students’ questions: ‘What can I do in English now?’ and ‘What do I need to do next to improve?’  

The framework does this clearly by providing levels of proficiency within CEFR levels.

Breaking down milestones within each level of the CEFR shows students and their teachers what they ‘can do’ now, and how quickly they are moving towards the next level of proficiency in English. Additionally, it allows students to understand what they need to do next in order to progress further.

By using the GSE in this way, students come to experience more success and achievement all the way through a course.

It informs teachers and provides resources

The GSE is an invaluable framework in that it can outline exactly what a teacher should focus on next. In course development, it can be used to set out the structure of a course, tailor the content, as well as to outline the assessment criteria required to meet institutional targets.

To summarize the utility of the GSE for teachers, it helps them:

  • Make better-informed choices about course content and resources
  • Develop or select additional, specifically targeted materials
  • Accurately assess where their students are
  • Improve student motivation by demonstrating regular, incremental progress

We can see this in action in the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, a unique multi-cultural university in Beppu, Japan. With a 50/50 split of Japanese and international students, students are able to study in English or in Japanese. There is quite a mix of English ability – and it’s difficult for professors to gauge student’s individual levels of proficiency in English.  

It implemented the GSE for two principal reasons: to establish a common framework that addresses the mixed-ability of their students, and also to help its students better prepare for high-stakes assessments.

The university used Placement and Progress tests to accurately assess students’ levels and advancement throughout the year. Not only does this help university professors make the right pedagogical choices for their students, but it fills their students with confidence – as they are being provided with the right level of challenge.

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It helps institutions and private language schools identify areas of improvement

The GSE can also provide directors of study or course trainers with invaluable information. For example:

  • It can help private language schools and universities select or align their course objectives to ensure they are at the correct level for their academic students.
  • It can identify gaps in their program when requirements change or improvements are needed.
  • It can be used to suit the needs of adult learners looking to master English suited to their specific field.
  • It can help inform teachers as they’re preparing courses with specific exit exam requirements.
  • It can help teachers understand their students’ ability at strategic points in the year.

Furthermore, administrators and school managers can deliver greater value to their students by ensuring courses and lessons are pitched at the right level, as well as support teacher training and development.

In the video below, you can see how former Director of Teacher Training, Autumn Westphal, introduced the GSE’s Teacher Toolkit at Rennert School in New York. She explains how it has benefited her trainee teachers:

Fill out the form to enquire about using the GSE commercially.

It offers a global overview of progress for ministries of education

Finally, at a government level, the GSE can help education ministers and civil servants answer the key question: How are students making achievements across our various learning segments?

In terms of policy development, this means ministries can set realistic expectations and gain a real insight into progress, year on year.  

The GSE also helps governments understand where institutions are now in terms of curricula development and what they need to do in order to keep students moving forward towards their goals.

It is now being used by governments around the world including Ukraine (for national curriculum reform) and Panama (for teacher development, raising standards in teaching and learning English, creating opportunities for employment).

Learn more about the GSE.

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Does anyone have the files from the Assimil "Le hongrois" MP3 CD?

Hello all,

I'm using the English Assimil "Hungarian with Ease" to help learn Hungarian.

I have bought the original book and audio CD and I am using parts of the dialogue to insert into my Anki deck in a similar way that pau does here .

I only have the audio CD and I have ripped MP3s from it, does anyone happen to have the actual MP3 CD from the French "Le hongrois" Assimil "superpack" course?

The dialogue provided on that particular MP3 CD is pre-cut/cropped (into individual sentences) which means I wouldn't need to waste time editing the ripped MP3s I have from my own Audio CD (in order to put them into Anki flashcards).

I have asked Assimil but they no longer sell this separately and there was never an MP3 CD for the English "Hungarian with Ease" course (only an audio CD).

It would be really helpful if anyone has this as cropping audio is a complete pain.

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Hola! I'm looking forward to learn Spanish, any suggestions / resources I can start from?

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Looking for advice and resources for learning Estonian, any help is appreciated!

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Should I learn a language that I want to learn but probably won't use a whole lot, or a language that I'm not too enthused about but will be very useful?

I'm pretty interested in learning Japanese as I enjoy many of their movies, etc., but I probably won't use it very much unless I make some Japanese friends or get a Japanese girlfriend (to be completely honest though, they're not completely unlikely..)

I will need to learn Spanish at some point in time since it will be very useful for my career in the medical field and there are many Spanish speaking people in my area (California). I already speak it at an high-elementary level as well. However I'm not particularly excited about it and find myself losing motivation every time I try to get serious about it.

I'm Korean so Japanese will likely be much easier for me than for English speakers (since the grammar is pretty much identical, pronunciation and many words are very similar, etc.), so I've been thinking maybe I'll use it as a "practice" language to get the ball rolling. Once I become somewhat proficient in Japanese, I'll move onto Spanish, then French, then so on. I probably won't bother with Kanji or writing or anything; I'll primarily be focusing on speaking and listening.

But at the same time I feel like I might just be wasting time learning a language I won't be using very much, whereas I'm sure I can find many opportunities to speak Spanish in my area and it will probably prove very useful for my career in the future. So I sometimes feel like I should just forget about Japanese and try to power through learning Spanish even if I may not enjoy it as much.

What are your thoughts on this?

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When is a podcast (or other media) too hard to be worth using?

One of the issues I've always struggled with in my language learning is finding effective listening comprehension materials.

I would rate my Japanese ability at intermediate/high intermediate So I'm wondering if:

  1. When those of you at the mid-level ability with a language listen to media, do you try to jump into the advanced stuff and just listen as best you can? Do you stop and look up *every* word you don't know? Is there any point in listening to stuff you only grasp about 30% of? Basically what are your strategies for this?
  2. If anyone happens to know a good resource for listening comprehension for someone not quite at the advanced level of Japanese, I'd very much appreciate hearing your suggestion(s).

Just as a side note: My situation is different because my Japanese used to be pretty advanced (about 15 years ago.) I've just let it slip and I'm trying to rebuild it. So sometimes some pretty advanced stuff re-emerges.

Note: gonna cross post this r/japanese

Edited for typos

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