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Re: Language Learning programs

Postby SaraLynn1357 » Sun 15 Jun 2014 4:23 am

First, I'm 30 and have lived in New York my whole life (outside of the city), so that's the cultural perspective I'll be bringing to my reviews:

(1) Pimsleur: So far I've completed phase 1 (30 lessons, one per day), and it's going well so far. I do re-listen to every episode at least once and sometimes go back and review older ones. But I do at least one new lesson a day (as recommended). I've also noticed that, in listening to French news stations (more on that later), a LOT of the vocab I've learned through Pimsleur is coming up. (Note on costs: The Pimsleur programs are VERY reasonable if you get an account on audible.com and use your audible credits to purchase the programs.)

(2) Byki Deluxe flashcards -- One of the BEST investments I've ever made in terms of language learning. I got it for Spanish a few years ago ($70-$80, I believe) but now I just use it for French -- it lets you make your own flash-cards, and it's similar to memrise in that it has you "refresh" your "stale" cars after periods of time. It keeps track of which cards you struggle with and has you practice those with greater frequency.

(3) Memrise app -- Fun and portable and easy to do any time!!!! I also love being able to hear how the words are pronounced.

(4) Podcasts:
(a) Coffee Break French, it's good because it discusses grammar which I love, and the host is himself a language geek, so he's often referencing other languages, it keeps things interesting. (Note that he has a thick Scottish accent, but I don't find it obtrusive.)

(b) News in Slow French: Good because it's slow an has a native speaker, but a bit dull. I liked News in Slow Spanish a LOT better. (So, any of you out there learning Spanish, definitely check that one out!)

(b) French Culture: I hardly understand it because it is an actual news station based in France and they speak at a normal conversational pace. I like listening to it and trying to pick out words I recognize, and I like being able to hear how people REALLY talk. (Also, I've noticed several references to "Les états-unis," and I am dying to be able to understand what they are saying about us!!! (My guess is it's not all good..!!)

(5) Watching "Frozen" in French, over and over, because I love it, and teaching myself the lyrics to some of the songs... (I program the phrases into my Byki flash-card deck and learn them quickly that way.)

(6) Harry Potter -- Disappointed that the audiobooks in French are not available yet on Pottermore.com, but once they become available I will get them. In the mean time, I have Book 1 on my Kindle, and I'll probably watch a couple of the movies at some point, with the French dubbing.

I think that's it -- I love reading everyone else's responses, and I hope you find my notes helpful as well!
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Re: Language Learning programs

Postby Mike812 » Sat 19 Jul 2014 9:27 pm

I like http://www.vocabularyschool.com/ when I want to rehearse some vocabulary :)
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Re: Language Learning programs

Postby doodoofan » Tue 02 Sep 2014 3:06 pm

I think the best program to learn a language is Rosetta Stone: http://www.rosettastone.eu. However, you need to practice a lot more in order to have a good grasp at a language, because Rosetta Stone doesn't explain grammar structure or have really complicated sentences for you to practice with. I've tried Rosetta Stone with English (only a little), Japanese (all levels), Chinese (3 levels), Korean (1 level) and Spanish (1 level).
Learn English with free practice tests at http://englishtest4you.com
Learn Japanese with free practice tests at http://japanesetest4you.com
Learn Chinese with free practice tests at http://chinesetest4you.com
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