Long ago back when the world was young, Mater Octorok tried to get me to learn French by making me watch videotapes of French language kids' TV. There are three series I particularly remember. One was Téléfrancais, one was French In Action, and the third was...freaking weird. This is what I can recall about it... [more inside]
I'm fascinated by history, all kinds of history. I’d love nothing more than to wake up in a very convincing facsimile of another time—and I just found out about this. Can you help me find more? [more inside]
I'm new to swimming and I really like the Total Immersion approach because it breaks down swimming into steps. I bought the Easy Freestyle Swimming DVD, and I'm finding it's a little too fast for me. There are so many TI books, YouTube videos and DVDs I'm not sure where to start. Unfortunately there are no TI coaches anywhere near me. Which TI DVD should I go with?
Short version: a friend and I would like to have some experiences that allow us to temporarily but deeply plunge into another world/culture/paradigm that is markedly different than our own. We don't want to actually BECOME [Francophones/farmers/Amish/rock stars/Uzbekistanis/etc.]; we just want to quietly, respectfully inhabit their world(s) for brief intervals of time. More under the cut. [more inside]
I have a child starting grade 1 french immersion, and am looking for some (very) early reading books in French. Said progeny responded astonishingly well last year to a phonics-based early literacy series in English by Usborne (this one). Can anyone recommend an equivalent in French? Is phonics even a thing in French? [more inside]
Do you have suggestions for the best ways to improve my intermediate-level Spanish, take advantage of immersion here in Argentina for the next few months, and ease up on anxiety/overthinking when speaking so I can be more fluid and fluent? My top priority for improvement is listening comprehension, followed by clarity, speed/fluidity, and confidence in speaking. [more inside]
I find myself in the extraordinary position of having two weeks' vacation to use up by the end of the year, and I've decided that what I want to do is to go to the Netherlands and take an immersion beginner's Dutch course, likely in November. [more inside]
Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Robin Sloan's Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore describe immersive artistic experiences that echo Alternate Reality Games or events like the All Worlds Fair. What other books describe events and experiences like these? [more inside]
Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"? [more inside]
Recommend some good Spanish language media (TV series, online radio, podcasts etc) for my girlfriend to immerse herself in while she learns Spanish. [more inside]
The tendency to not get into things in detail. See inside for more. [more inside]
Can you give me strategy and tactics for maximizing my spoken Japanese interactions, towards the goal of language ability, while in Japan? Those of you who have reached exceptional/native-level fluency speaking, can you give me some tips, and share your experiences of the things that helped the most along the way, in terms of speaking ability? [more inside]
I work from 9 to 5, but I want to immerse myself in German for the rest of the time. I have an iPod touch and a short attention span. What can I use to ram this language into my brain? [more inside]
Which immersion blender should I buy? Which should I absolutely not buy? Primarily using it for soups for two people.
What can I do (before, during and after I go) to make the most out of a month of language classes and immersion? And what else should I know about traveling alone for the first time and/or about Xela, Guatemala to help me enjoy my time there? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Does anyone know of any low-cost or paid Spanish immersion programs? [more inside]
Is there a review site for foreign language immersion classes (Spanish, German or Japanese in particular)? [more inside]
I used silicone sealant in a situation where it will be immersed in water. On later inspection of the tube, it says, 'not suitable for permanent immersion'. What will happen to it? [more inside]
Looking for favorites among the MeFi regulars in the category of: Foreign Language radio streams, suitable for language immersion and/or passive practice. [more inside]
What are some universities which teach in French that a student from the U.S. should consider? (Especially in Quebec.) [more inside]
« J'en ai besoin d'améliorer mon français, » or: "I need to improve my French." I'm looking for advice from anyone who has worked on improving or regaining their nth language. [more inside]
What is the most effective way to spruce up my spanish in terms of private tutoring, immersion courses, extended night courses, etc? [more inside]
I have some money saved up, I am a Canadian citizen, and I have a strong desire to learn French properly. But how? [more inside]
[PlubmingFilter] Last night Mrs Rus notice a very slow leak from our immersion heater. So in a flash of "brilliance" I turn it off at the (power) mains and would worry about it in the morning. Its now the morning and things aren't quite right [more inside]
Where can I find a good Spanish language immersion program? (Ideally in a Spanish-speaking country.) [more inside]
Where in L.A. can I get my body fat measured by water immersion?
Where can I go for 2 to 4 weeks this summer to learn French that includes housing? Immersion programs would be perfect. [more inside]
Can you recommend a Spanish-language school in Mexico? [more inside]
I'm looking for books where the author immerses himself in an experience and then writes about it [more inside]
I want to go to Latin America for a couple months (2-3), starting at the end of August/beginning of September, to learn Spanish, immersion-style. Ideally, I would stay with a host family and go to small-ish classes every day. [more inside]
Language programs abroad. I'm a university student, I'm Canadian, and I'm wondering if anyone could recommend a good immersive program aboard for studying French or Chinese. I doubt I can be proficient in either in one summer, and I already have a very basic grasp of both. What I'm looking for instead is a chance to go aboard to develop my french or mandarin further. Any suggestions other than commercial programs geared for Business-persons?