What's the best way to learn languages (particularly French and German) through software or online which a) does NOT rely on long lectures, b) teaches sufficient grammar and vocabulary to read moderately complex books, and c) is interactive (if possible with a clear measure of progress) and d) self-paced?
posted by shivohum
on Jul 10, 2014 -
My 9 month old baby likes it when I sing to him, but I am horrible at remembering song lyrics. He's a fan of "Feliz Navidad," which is cool because it has about 20 words to remember and the Spanish keeps him interested. What other happy, easy-to-remember songs should I learn the lyrics to and sing? English, Spanish, and German are all in my wheelhouse.
posted by Maarika
on Oct 7, 2013 -
Has anyone come across good sources on the history and evolution of the term "tax haven"? I am looking for sources detailing at least its first appearance in written or spoken English, and if possible the date in which it was (wrongly) translated into French as "tax heaven" (paradis fiscal
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posted by ipsative
on Jun 23, 2013 -
What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Feb 26, 2013 -
If you have the chance to study full-time in a non-native situation, how long does it take to become fluent in a language? [more inside]
posted by Megami
on May 26, 2012 -
Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Mar 15, 2012 -
Help me help a TEACHER!
I have a friend who has 25 years experience teaching French and German in a private school. She's a talented and extremely hard-working teacher, but receives little support, compensation (low-pay), and respect from the school's all male administrators. She feels very stuck-- and unable to change her situation. If she switched over to public schools, she'd likely have to start over, in terms of retirement years put in.
And, like most teachers, she takes a LOT of work home-- and puts in 8-12 hours every weekend grading papers and even offering free tutoring. All of this is NOT compensated. She does it because she's diligent and loves her kids.
I've been trying to convince her that her skills are VALUABLE and the PRIVATE SECTOR would love to have her language skills.
AM I WRONG? Are there jobs in the corporate / non-profit / NGO fields which could use her French / German teaching / translation skills?
I thank you and she'll thank you-- if we can help her get out of a dead-end job!
posted by iam2bz2p
on Dec 10, 2007 -
Can anyone help me get a copy of DragonDictate in German or French, or point me towards a discrete speech voice recognition program in either language that's currently on the market? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy
on May 20, 2007 -