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 -
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 -
I purchased some Vocabulearn Mandarin Chinese MP3s. Unfortunately they didn't come with a transcript. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 12, 2014 -
CCSF offers online beginning Italian, but that's all I'm seeing. I am looking for beginner language classes in any language that is not English or French offered online through a California community college. Can you suggest any? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk
on Apr 15, 2014 -
I help manage a website for an international audience; we strive to be inclusive. We offer several different language versions; our translations are done by volunteers. Generally we add languages based on whether we have volunteers to translate.
We have been offering European Portuguese for a while. Now a new volunteer has shown up, asking to be invited to the project; s/he is offering to volunteer for a translation to Brazilian Portuguese, which we currently do not offer. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky
on Mar 16, 2014 -
Are there any online communities conducted in Spanish or French that are kind of like Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Oct 28, 2013 -
He speaks English, my family speaks Spanish.. how can I help him learn to speak to my family? [more inside]
posted by xicana63
on Aug 6, 2013 -
Question for German speakers: I would like some reading material to improve my German. I've studied it for a while and have passively absorbed many words, but usually in the context of vocabulary lists and such. I don't want anything really easy however. [more inside]
posted by polywomp
on Jul 17, 2013 -
What are some languages that are easy to learn to read/write without actually knowing the language?
Obviously to an English speaker French and Spanish would be easy to read and write because we mostly use the same alphabet, so I'd like to stay away from languages that use that system. [more inside]
posted by simplethings
on May 28, 2013 -
It's difficult to get a job in my field without knowing Spanish, and the grad programs I'll be applying to next year strongly prefer bilingual English/Spanish applicants. I'm searching for a job and I'd like to become conversationally proficient as quickly as possible. What methods have worked for you? A community college class? A private class? A private tutor? A particularly awesome website? I was once fluent in both French (which I spent years studying in highschool and then got practice working for a French company, who also provided a private tutor) and Portuguese (learned via an intensive university class, but lost once the class ended and I didn't keep using it). I pick up languages fairly easily, but I need a lot of practice time and a little bit of structure. I'm confident in my ability to learn the specialized jargon of my field once I'm comfortable speaking the language on an everyday basis. I'm looking at an intensive Summer class at the local community college, but I'd like other options as well.
posted by rhiannonstone
on May 27, 2013 -
Once upon a time, I was a moderately fluent student of classical (Attic) Greek. That was 15+ years ago, and I'd like to get back to that point again. (With some specific goals in mind.) What tools can help me do that? I have been a fan of the awesome Perseus Project
almost since they launched, and I've still got my trusty print edition of Liddell and Scott (and two sets of grammar books) but I'm not sure which other books or geeky tools might help me do what I want. (Details within) [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia
on May 19, 2013 -
I studied Spanish in high school and college, and I even spent a semester abroad in Spain. At that point, I was very proficient at reading, writing, and speaking it. Sadly, in the 8 years since graduation, I feel as though I have forgotten everything.
I am looking to get into a field where knowing Spanish would be very helpful, and I am trying to figure out the best way to both relearn what I knew (and possible go beyond that).
Obviously for speaking, I will need to get out there and practice, but before that, should I just pick up my old textbooks and get going? Or, is there a better way?
posted by aka_anon
on May 15, 2013 -
I teach college students. One otherwise capable student I have taught this year has struggled in particular ways that suggest s/he might have a learning disability or similar. The school's office for student disability service can provide testing &c if the student contacts them. What is the best way to discuss this with the student and recommend they seek assistance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 29, 2013 -
Are there FontSquirrel and DaFont equivalents for the Greek and Hebrew language? I'm looking for some creative Greek fonts in particular, so, where do I find the Greek equivalent of "Bleeding Cowboys" for example? [more inside]
posted by peripatew
on Apr 9, 2013 -
For a personal project I'm working on, what would be the best programming language if I wanted the user to be able to input some text and image choices and have them receive the information back in an eBook? I've used PHP before to store and retrieve that information, but I'm not sure it could handle the conversion to an ebook. [more inside]
posted by Dynex
on Apr 9, 2013 -
Can you give me specific instances of US political candidates or elected officials publically speaking in a language other than English? [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Mar 27, 2013 -
Here is the photo with the Arabic message: LINK
What does this say in English? I think the girl might represent me. She looks brokenhearted, too.
Thank you so much for your help!
posted by thatgirl1985
on Mar 8, 2013 -
I would like to know, when one is studying German, what do you have to learn with nouns? With verbs?
I think with nouns you must learn the gender and the plural form, but that's it. Should you also learn declension?
With verbs, what must one memorize in addition to the root word? [more inside]
posted by gnossie
on Feb 16, 2013 -
I am currently studying Chinese. I'd be interested in any advice people could give me with regard to making my Hanzi practice more productive. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl
on Jan 19, 2013 -
Ok, so a friend is knitting a dog puppet out of an English language book. They are not so fluent in English, I am not fluent in knitting. They are hang up on the following instruction:
"Row 21 (eyebrow row): K2tog at the same time making loopy st 1cr, loopy st 2cr, k2sc, loopy st 3cr, k1sc, pult."
Can anyone offer any way to explain this? I think I can wrestle it into German. Thanks!
posted by From Bklyn
on Jan 4, 2013 -
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 -
Are grammatical genders, as a rule, consistent across the Indo-European languages which use them? [more inside]
posted by obloquy
on Dec 4, 2012 -
Eyptian Arabic Translation Needed:
انا دلوقت فى القطر لما اروح هكتبه وابعتهولك
What does this mean in English?
I tried Google translator and Bing, but it came back gobbledygook.
posted by thatgirl1985
on Aug 15, 2012 -
Why is the spell checker in Firefox defaulting to Dutch, and how can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by dhens
on Aug 6, 2012 -
How can I brush up my language skills, given I seem to have a difficulty with rote learning? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Aug 3, 2012 -
How can I set up interviews with multilingual speakers and colleagues so that the default language they use is most likely to be English? Is there anything I can say or do to make this happen? Alternatively, how do I deal with the frustration of not understanding what is going on, when everyone is speaking a language I don't speak? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jul 12, 2012 -
Why is it so hard to quickly count from 1 to 100 alternating between 2 different languages on each digit? Any cognitive scientists want to explain this? [more inside]
posted by querty
on Jun 25, 2012 -
What are some recommended books for the general reader on why languages are so different
. How come languages such as Thai, Mandarin, Hebrew or the Indo-European langauges have such hugely different alphabets, let alone such vast differences in pronunciation? Given that human societies share many common characteristics, how come we ended up speaking so differently from each other. As I say, I'd prefer books aimed at the general reader, rather than, say, linguistics specialists.
posted by vac2003
on Apr 22, 2012 -
For a project I'm doing, I'm looking for songs in Spanish that demonstrate voseo
(the use of the informal second-person singular pronoun vos
). This way of speaking isn't technically "standard" Spanish, so I don't exactly know how to search for songs that show this usage. [more inside]
posted by huxham
on Apr 15, 2012 -
Looking for a database or collection of links to imaginary languages (preferably with translation capability or lists of common phrases.) [more inside]
posted by Scattercat
on Apr 13, 2012 -
I'm starting to learn Italian. Can you give me any tips and/or resources that helped you learn Italian? Preferably online/free; examples inside. Also, please give me fun Italian pop! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Mar 12, 2012 -
Is it possible to learn college-level phonetics and phonology on one's own? Bonus: online? [more inside]
posted by jweed
on Mar 8, 2012 -
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 -
What are the best free websites and software for adults to use when trying to learn foreign languages? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams
on Jan 12, 2012 -
Love Language Filter: I want to become better at expressing affection to people in nonverbal ways, but I find it difficult. [more inside]
posted by xenophile
on Jan 4, 2012 -
I'm looking for a Latin phrase that sounds something like "computer le jar." My boyfriend's brother passed away this year and this was a saying the brother had that, according to the family, meant something like "seize the day" (this may be completely wrong though) but it wasn't "carpe diem." [more inside]
posted by madred
on Dec 11, 2011 -
Help me figure out possible career choices if I want to move away from software development to making use of foreign language skills? [more inside]
posted by movicont
on Oct 19, 2011 -
When native speakers of languages with accent marks write, is it usual to write out a word or sentence and then put in the accents or does one put the accent in when writing the actual letter. [more inside]
posted by xetere
on Aug 21, 2011 -
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 -