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How close to unlocking the Global Conversationalist achievement am I?

Help me find this half-remembered website: You tell the site what languages you speak, and it tells you what percentage of the planet's population you can communicate with. I remember it having a map that broke it down by country or continent, but I could be conflating it with another website.
posted by lizzicide on Jun 22, 2014 - 0 answers

Recommended resources for intermediate Mandarin Chinese study?

I am looking for books and other resources to help improve my intermediate Mandarin Chinese skills! I'm at a point where a lot of the adult books that I try to read are stuffed with chengyu and obscure vocabulary, but I want something a little more advanced and a little more engaged with contemporary Chinese culture than translations of American children's novels. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Nemluvím česky

I'm trying to make language learning a daily habit on my bus commute, and looking for tips on making it work. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Feb 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Tips/strategies/advice to improve my intermediate Spanish?

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]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Sep 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Recommend Italian podcasts for a learner.

I need to improve my comprehension of spoken Italian, and I'm looking for free podcasts in Italian (as opposed to recorded language lessons) which can help me do this. [more inside]
posted by pont on Mar 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Easy French or French-English Podcast recommendations?

I'm learning French, and am looking to increase my exposure to spoken French. Among other things, I've been listening to the Coffee Break French series of podcasts, which has been very helpful, but I'd like to add in some podcasts that aren't specifically about learning French -- podcasts that are by native French speakers and made for a French-speaking audience, but which ideally are fairly accessible or at least roughly comprehensible with some effort to someone who has only a patchy knowledge of the language. French news podcasts might be valuable to me, for instance. Bonus features: podcasts that are also broadcast in English, podcasts that are about scientific topics, and podcasts that are about or are produced in francophone Africa. Recommendations?
posted by Scientist on Mar 14, 2013 - 17 answers

Can a 65-year-old guy with a tin ear learn Mandarin?

Still working for a living, and enjoying it, but beginning to think about doing some extended traveling, perhaps in China. But to travel lengthily and effectively, it behooves me to learn the language, a task that, whatever the language, has challenged me all of my life. Do I have a shot at all of success, at my advanced age, and, if so, what does the community recommend for method, school, etc.?
posted by mudge1705 on Jan 14, 2013 - 17 answers

Children and foreign languages/cultures - inform me!

If a child is immersed in a particular language on a medium-term basis (say, a year of preschool, or maybe two or three), and becomes fluent in it, but then the exposure is taken away, how much does this language stick? Can the child still understand the basics of the language a decade later? Or does it make the language easier to relearn later in life? ALSO: What does early exposure to a foreign culture do for a child, if anything? Is cultural uprooting and rerooting of this nature disorienting and/or destructive for a child? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Dec 11, 2012 - 31 answers

How do I find a quality language tutor for myself in NYC?

How do I find a quality language tutor for myself in NYC? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Dec 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Lentement s'il vous plaît

I need movie, video, podcast, etc. recommendations in French. [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Nov 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Everything about (first/bilingual) language acquisition

Tell me everything about teaching kids how to speak and read and write. [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Wilde Liebe? Or something?

What are the German equivalents of the Savage Lovecast, This American Life or Judge John Hodgman? Doesn't have to be a podcast, but I do need to be able to listen online. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Oct 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Maa, maa, maa? Thai tones and beginning language learning

I'm taking a beginning Thai language class, with an emphasis on oral communication. Is it vital to learn the tones/alphabet first? [more inside]
posted by elisse on Sep 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Don't make me go back to Livejournal.

Does this website exist? I would like to be able to blog about my life in my target language and have native speakers make corrections, ask questions, etc. and do the same for people learning ESL. Livemocha seems like it should allow this but I can't figure out a way to do it. Does a site like this exist or do I need to utilize existing sites?
posted by chaiminda on May 27, 2012 - 2 answers

How long until you are fluent in a language?

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 - 17 answers

Language learning website using bilingual stories?

I came across a very neat online language learning tool a few weeks ago, but I didn't bookmark it and now I can't find it again. Basically it worked like this: you choose a preset text or story (I think they were mostly fables and fairy tales), your native language, and the foreign language you're trying to practice. Then it shows the text of the story with a few of your native words replaced with their foreign equivalents, letting you learn them in context. [more inside]
posted by pont on May 25, 2012 - 4 answers

No escucho bien.

Foreign language filter: What did you do to improve your listening comprehension in your target language? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on May 22, 2012 - 30 answers

Can anybody help me find TV shows/documentaries/podcasts/literature on doctors and hospitals in Brazilian Portuguese?

Can anybody help me find TV shows/documentaries/podcasts/literature on doctors and hospitals in Brazilian Portuguese? [more inside]
posted by tvdveer on May 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Sanskrit 101 Online

Are there any reputable online equivalents to a university level "intro to Sanskrit"? [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb on Mar 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Quiero aprender español. Es LingQ.com un buen sitio web para eso?

Have you used LingQ.com to help you learn a language? What did you think of it? Do you have any other recommendations for paid language learning sites that cost no more than $15 per month? (I am learning Spanish.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 9, 2012 - 8 answers

I need well-designed spaced repitition to repeat German things to me.

Is there a website or computer program that uses spaced repetition to help users build language vocabulary, and (perhaps more importantly) is completely free? I used to use smart.fm to help me learn German, but stopped when it became non-free. Now my knowledge of German words is almost as stingy as I am. [more inside]
posted by matlock expressway on Dec 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Me Talk Pretty (Japanese) Someday

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]
posted by dubitable on Jul 15, 2011 - 12 answers

What are some good chinese movies to watch to help me learn Mandarin?

Conventional wisdom says that watching a lot of TV/Movies in another language helps with comprehension. What are some good movies/shows to help me with Mandarin? My current level is quite basic (2 semesters of college classes).
posted by joshwa on May 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Language Geekery: Slavic Edition

Which Slavic language should I study? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 27, 2011 - 33 answers

What are the best techniques for learning languages?

What are the best mnemonic or other methods for learning a language? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Feb 20, 2011 - 12 answers

Lithuanian language lessons in London?

Does anyone know of a provider of Lithuanian language lessons for adult beginners in London, UK? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Oct 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Foreign language videos for kids

I want to do a film series of fun kid-friendly animations, TV shows, online series, music videos, language learning videos, shorts…that weren’t produced in the US and ideally, weren’t recorded in English. Can you help me make a list? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Jul 23, 2010 - 7 answers

I love it when you speak in Language X to me

Are there any institutions that, like the military, CIA, Foreign Service, and Peace Corps (and, I'm sure, parallel organizations in many countries, though I'm a US citizen myself) will give promising candidates terrific training in a language? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Using Skype to pratice a language with a friend

How can my friend and I use our Skype video chats to learn a new language? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on Jun 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Japanese Filter: Need Japanese Shunryu Suzuki quote

Japanese Filter: Can anyone help me find the Japanese version of an English Shunryu Suzuki quote? [more inside]
posted by MPenguin on Jun 1, 2010 - 6 answers

"Hello," I think… I could be mistaken.

Suppose you were designing a Star Wars-esque protocol droid. How would it learn new languages it had never encountered before? I'm writing a science fiction story and I'm trying to figure out how a language-learning robot character might realistically handle a situation. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Apr 27, 2010 - 37 answers

It's all Greek to me!

What is the best way to learn Ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by pecknpah on Feb 22, 2010 - 12 answers

"J'aime tweeter!" "me gusta tweeter"

What are interesting/funny twitter feeds in French or Spanish? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Jan 8, 2010 - 1 answer

How do I learn my 4th language in my 3rd language?

LanguageLearning Filter: I'm about to start taking Turkish classes (my fourth language) in German (my third language). Any tips on how to make this a beneficial experience for all my languages? [more inside]
posted by besonders on Oct 13, 2009 - 3 answers

What are the most common 20% of words in any language?

What are the most common 20% of words in any language? [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Jun 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Tips for learning a tonal language?

Tips for learning a tonal language? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on May 10, 2009 - 16 answers

State of Japanese Kanji Learning Apps, 2009

Of all the web applications, Nintendo DS games, iphone/ipod touch apps, and other technology-based methods available for learning Japanese Kanji, what do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me sound like I know a lot of foreign languages.

Help me sound like I know a lot of foreign languages. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Dec 17, 2008 - 22 answers

Analytic/Isolating languages in Latin alphabet?

Analytic/Isolating languages that have standardized, highly phonetic writing in the Latin alphabet? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Sep 24, 2008 - 8 answers

Romance language learning for speakers of Spanish

What are the best books/tools for speakers of Spanish interested in learning other Romance languages? [more inside]
posted by Kosh on Jul 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Which language would a lazy Martian linguist learn?

Are some languages objectively harder than others? If so, which ones? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Apr 30, 2008 - 48 answers

What next after French?

Is there any point learning German? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Mar 25, 2008 - 34 answers

Will work for French conversation.

Where can I stay in France this summer? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Mar 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Jelou, jou ar llu.

How do I re-learn how to pronounce words in English and minimize my accent? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Feb 17, 2008 - 13 answers

Dedication's what you need

What tasks are equivalent to learning a language? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Nov 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Does there exist audio of natural Spanish-language conversations together with a transcript of the audio?

Is there any Spanish-language learning material which consists primary of audio of natural, colloquial conversation (as opposed to sample conversations with carefully enunciating speakers, created specifically for language learning) together with a written transcript, either in Spanish or in English? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Nov 11, 2007 - 2 answers

Auf Deutsch, bitte!

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 - 1 answer

Blog for language learning?

After reading this answer, I have decided to follow its advice to improve my written english. However I feel that I have nothing to write. [more inside]
posted by Memo on Feb 18, 2007 - 12 answers

No hablo espanol!

I've been self-studying Spanish for a while. While my reading comprehension and my vocabulary are good, and my grammar isn't bad. I can even largely understand the people I come in contact with. But, when it comes to my end of the conversation I totally freeze up. Has anyone been in similar straits, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Nov 15, 2006 - 19 answers

Language Learning for Lonewolves?

What is the most efficient way to learn the native language of a country while traveling there on your own? [more inside]
posted by qvantamon on Mar 21, 2006 - 16 answers

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