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  1. Hi everyone! I am new member here. I would like to say a little about my learning experience online. I registered at the Verbalplanet website. I want to improve my English. You can choose tutors there. My tutor was ma'am Nada. She was really friendly and patient. We practiced vocabulary. I really like the session. The website is not very expensive. The first lesson is free which is great. I will definitely keep going to classes and I recommend Verbalplanet for people who want to learn language from their homes.
  2. It's not my site but... I believe you all might find it useful. WordBrewery is a new website that pulls sentences from the news. They are then categorized by level and topic. There's also a search bar so you can find specific words in context. Audio, translation, and the source article are included. It's also possible to save words and sentences to lists, and export these to Anki. It's currently free to use. Like every other app, all you need to do is register. Personally... I use it for German, as it doesn't have Hindi yet. But it's rather nice, because it's hard to find advanced materials for many languages I'm interested in, such as Modern Greek and Arabic. I use it as a warm up and to find context to words. I'm also considering using Anki, so if I decide to, I'll start exporting all my lists. Current Languages: Arabic Spanish French Italian Portuguese English Swedish Russian Serbian Japanese Modern Greek Polish Hungarian Ukrainian Norwegian Korean Chinese German
  3. Love learning new words? Want to use those you know now more accurately and confidently? Then give The Word of the Day Podcast a listen! Among language podcasts, it's one-of-a-kind. Includes: - Words you can really use. - Explanations that make sense. - Fascinating word origins. - Usage examples from everyday life and classic literature. - Fun bonus segments. - Plenty of humor and the occasional pun. - Punchy, action-packed episodes--most between 5-10 minutes. Does NOT include: - Jargon, boring words, excessively fancy or pretentious words, random slang. - Someone just reading stuff out of a dictionary and expecting the meaning to be obvious. - Long-winded etymologies where roots are parsed in nine different languages. - Anything except the excitement of discovering and discussing the best language has to offer. Every episode, we do our best to live up to our credo: "useful words, pleasantly explained." Season 1 (on iTunes!) just finished--language fans, have at it! Jamie Silva Host of The Word of the Day Podcast iTunes: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/podcasts-wotdpodcast/id1193108780 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-934588746-565122450 Word of the Day Podcast Website: https://www.wotdpodcast.com
  4. I really thought it funny how English has so few cases and so I decided to give a brief explanation about this. The three cases in English are [NOM] or nominative, [GEN] or genitive and [ACC] or accusative. Generally, grammar books explain in great detail when to use them, but I found that it is easier with fewer rules. So, generative grammar helps here. Nominative is used for the subjects of finite clauses - I am here. We love biscuits. He spoke to me. Genitive is used for possessors - That's my hat. She's his mother. Accusative is the default case and is used everywhere else - Give her the book. I spoke to him about it. This is for him. For him to be absent... So, basically, the rule for Case assignment is as follows: If it's a subject of a finite clause/ verb, assign feature [NOM]. If it's a possessor, assign [GEN]. Everywhere else, assign [ACC]. This then covers a whole range of situations where accusative appears, including direct and indirect object (in English, it appears that accusative has taken over the role of dative as well) and the subjects of non-finite clauses with preposition for, as well as the prepositional objects (to me, for him).
  5. ¡Hola! Estamos buscando a personas que estudien inglés para probar la versión alfa cerrada de nuestra nueva app para aprender inglés basada en tecnología machine learning. Si te gustaría probarla, consigue tu invitación en trysecretapp.com
  6. Hey! I'm a native English speaker who's very new to German and Mandarin, and would like to find someone I can skype with regularly to practice. I also speak intermediate level Spanish, and am near fluent in French, and would love to skype with people who are fluent/native in those languages. Cheneil
  7. Hey! I'm looking for penpals all around the world to improve our language skills. We could talk via Facebook or Whatsapp
  8. Hallo! Meine Name ist Ariel, aus Die Vereinigten Staaten und Ich suche den Deutschen Freund. Ich bin ein Deutschen Anfänger wer will wisse Deutschen perfekt. Ich bin komisch, und sprechen mit mir wird sein spaß. Ich mag sprechen Musik, Filme, Kunst, Bücher. Ich kann Ihnen helfen, Englisch zu lernen! Wenn du willst sein Deutschen Fruend, senden mir ein Nachricht hier Dann können wir per E-Mail oder Skype. Vielen Dank!
  9. Hello everybody! I am completely new here and came for an advice. Lets sum it up briefly: Im 29, native Czech Fluent in English (complete competence, daily usage of spoken/written). No reason to worry about losing it Learning German since 3/2013, four years now, from an absolute zero. I am far away from fluency but basically no more materials can offer anything worth the time spent to me. Therefore I read books as much as I can and am having conversations 3 times a week (2x1 hour one on one, and 1.5 hour in a group of three) in order to bring it to a satisfactory (fluent) lever until the end of the year and then keep fostering it till I die as I am going to need it in 90% of the jobs that I can ever get. My other motivation is just to be able to sing a song along, read a book as it was written, chat with locals without the necessity of using a foreign language (for them). I, believe me or not, consider it being a nice sounding, even a poetic language I intend to start learning Russian, just dont know if it is not too soon. It should actually be easy to me as it is a Slavic language, moreover presumably a simpler one and with lots of same/similar/familiar words. My motivation, besides money it could bring me, is more personal and less professional than in case of German Btw I have come across a tip to use materials made in the second language in order to learn a third one. Aside using English (and Czech) stuff I therefore consider purchasing some Russisch Kurs. Is there anything you could recommend? In order to give you a bit broader picture of what works to me or not, let me briefly recap my German learning experience (hope it is not forbidden to talk about materials): I am an auditive kind of person. I live in a world of sounds, noises, tones, melodies. One of hobbies is recognizing actors by ther voices, I was quite good at recognizing music before Shazam came. Therefore I prefer audiomaterials Started with Michel Thomas. Purely brilliant. Two people who, as well as you, never ever studied the language before, making the same mistakes as you do and Michel, with his wonderful personality, kindly correcting them. Awesomely authentic. Great start. The first material everybody should grab when new to a language Pimsleur was, on the contrary, very cold, too time consuming assuming the little benefit it brings and the translations too vague (Guten Tag translated as Hello etc). Boring, long, made for simple minded crowds, in my point of view Paul Noble is similar to Michel Thomas. Not that profound, not that authentic but still nice Two Czech audioschools follow: 2000 nejpoužívanějších německcých slov - 2k most frequent German words, which I dont understand why is quite overlooked. It contains all these words in complete sentences (thus even a significant portion of the grammar) accompanied with a transcription. The best I came across so far (when used in a CZ>DE order), learned it by heart word by word from my mp3 player, gradually cutting away these that I already knew, going back from time to time to revice Němčina do ucha - German to your ear - similar one, hard drill as well, this time giving phrases sorted by certain grammar phenomenons (and besides that the vocabulary). Learned by heart as well. In some ways these two overlap, off course. Some little selection was necessary I have surprisingly not found anything like these two in English! Glossika - Vague translations, some sentences sound unnatural even to an intermediate student Duolinguo - I was already farther in this point. Finished it just because it is been glorified everywhere. Vague translations, creates an illusion of competence at beginners, quite a silly concept to my taste. I prefer serious and solid learning FSI languages - again, I was already much farther and the time to sort out sentences that I did any mistake in was not worth the questionable benefit. Overall a very nice one DLI languages - the same I did not enjoy Rosetta Stone very much Then I purchased some audiobooks and kept listening to them in 10 minute segments at work without really paying any attention until I was basically able to repeat some of the phrases the same way it works with pop songs I have read some 5 books so far, using this touch-dictionary in my Kindle. Still up to 5 words that I have to look up on every page So for learning this Russian I am considering: Michel Tomas (although not with him himself this time, unfortunately) Pimsleur (bad is still better than nothing, especially when you can borrow it from a library for almost nothing) The two Czech that I have mentioned above FSI/DLI if necessary Any more tips? I am considering ordering these two: http://www.dnf-verlag.de/shop/sprache/russisch/audiotrainer-1000-woerter-russisch-a1/ http://www.dnf-verlag.de/shop/sprache/russisch/audiotrainer-1000-woerter-russisch-a2/ or this one https://www.amazon.de/Audiotrainer-Russisch-Basiswortschatz-2-Audio-CDs/dp/3867152047 So my two questions - for these not having the patience to read it through - when should I pick Russian to German as a native Czech with fluent English and are there any nice audiomaterials (both English and German) that you could recommend based on my preferences? Thanks a lot!
  10. I have created this app called: Beelinguapp, i think it is the most useful tool, with it you can hear and read texts in 2 languages side by side, using your native language as a reference. This has helped me with my german quite a lot to achieve a great level. It has some short children stories and also some interesting books and new articles. Please give me feedback about it and I will add it to the app to improve it! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.david.android.languageswitch
  11. Check it out on the Google Play store This mini app lets you listen and learn fun words. These words are English fantasy words from films, books and games like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Clash of Clans. More themes, accents, languages and formats are on the way. Enjoy Check it out on the Google Play store
  12. So I'm a long time linguaholic who has studied several languages but now I'm in a situation where it might be in my best interest to learn how to speak Arabic. I'm living in an area now with a considerable Arabic speaking population and Muslim culture here, and now whenever I'm out in the neighborhood I see and hear people speaking Arabic all the time so I think given my new neighborhood, it would be a good idea to learn some conversational Arabic. My goal is to be able to speak it and understand it when others speak it, but not necessarily to read or write it. Which dialect should I select as my new target language? Something specific or just standard Arabic? I believe my best bet would be to go for Darija (Moroccan Arabic) because I've identified some very strong Moroccan cultural influence in my new town. I don't know for sure what form of the language I keep hearing when I'm out though, so I'm unsure how to go about starting this new language project of mine. Again, my goal is to verbally communicate with the Arabic speaking population where I'm now living. Any advice from others studying Arabic would be welcome as I'm a beginner with no background in the language and I'm unsure how to begin.
  13. Hello! I'm N. I am currently learning German. I am native to English. I don't know that much German just yet. I'm defined as "11% fluent" by the popular lingual app, Duolingo, but this language only seems to get harder! If any smart Germans would like to help me out, please E-Mail me! ndouglas8772@yahoo.com I'm looking forward to meeting some cool Germans!
  14. '............. With the consideration of nested alternative structure of choices among private tutoring in different class-size and self-selection problem...... ' I completely have no clue what 'nested alternative' means. can someone help me please to make those sentence easier to understand? sorry for my bad grammar
  15. Hi, I am from Germany and speak German and in addition I am fluent in English. I would like to learn French, Italian and Spanish and would like to exchange skills mainly by writing and proof-reading. I am only interested in NATIVE speakers. French from France please, and Spanish from Spain. Hallo, ich bin Deutsche und spreche außerdem fließend Englisch. Ich würde gerne Französisch, Italienisch und Spanisch lernen und bräuchte jemandem zum Austausch hauptsächlich schriftlich und zum gegenlesen. Ich bin ausschließlich an Muttersprachlern interessiert. Französisch gerne aus Frankreich (also nicht Canada) und Spanisch bitte aus Spanien (keine südamerikanischen Länder).
  16. Hey, anyone can help me to translate all these in Deutsch (German). Thank you. 1. On my semester break, me and brother went to the beach. 2. Pantai Merdeka is a popular tourist spot in Kedah. 3. On weekend, the place is visited by many people because it is the best place for family outing. 4. There are many things to do here, including swimming, boating to Tanjung Dawai, and so on. 5. There are also open sales outlets including restaurants, souvenirs, clothing and so on. 6. On the beach, there are two popular foods such as Mee Udang and ABC. 7. ABC(food) here is very tasty. Gunung Jerai is very popular for its food. 8. The beautiful sunset can be viewed in the evening. The highest mountain of Gunung Jerai can be seen here. 9. I came here because I want to feel the atmosphere of the beach and the food here.
  17. I've recently signed up for the free trial of Rocket Spanish, which includes free access to the full course for six days. This is my review of using and testing it for that limited period of six days. After the trial period you can decide whether you want to cancel your account or keep it. I did the latter because I fell in love with it (more about this later). While the majority of Spanish learning programs continue to use traditional methods such as word repetition and picture matching exercises, Rocket Languages claims to "have tipped conventional language learning on its head" and formulated what I personally found to be a very engaging and interactive program to learn Spanish on your computer, tablet, or phone. Studies have shown that the problem with the dated "image-recall" method of learning is that it suits children, but does not suit teenagers and young adults. This is because the brain evolves from being like a sponge in childhood to being less porous in adulthood. The best way for an adult to learn a language is to use his/her native language as the main learning assistant and a multi faceted learning approach using a variety of educational materials. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE COURSE How it works Rocket Spanish has adopted this modern approach to language learning. Each lesson is different, using quizzes, games, evaluation tests, and cultural language lessons to engage the learner on multiple levels. The wide variety of lessons is an entertaining aspect and allows the learner to immerse him/herself in the flow of the program in a fun and exciting way. There are fewer word repetition exercises and redundant matching games to be found than in more traditional language learning software, which, frankly, also makes it a lot less boring. Another aspect of this course is the focus on colloquial language. The program teaches the learner to speak as everyday locals speak, which means that when you visit a Spanish speaking country you will possess vocabulary commonly used among local people in the streets, which is, in my opinion, the only true angle to tackle it from. This program can quite quickly take you from basic to fluent speaking if you put the time into it. The sheer volume of user interaction makes the program exciting and engaging. The program is multi platform compatible, which means that you can use it on a range of portable devices such as tablets and smartphones, particularly useful for people with busy schedules who want to learn on the go. The bonus Survival Kit and cultural lessons provide another key learning platform that other programs tend to neglect. You will learn cultural sensitivity and gain a proficient understanding of the country's people and customs. This is extremely beneficial for expats or business people abroad in a Spanish speaking country. Summary Fun, interactive, engaging, and easy to use. Provides a comprehensive language and cultural learning experience. Lessons can be transferred to portable devices for learning on the go. Highly affordable, offering far more value than direct competitors. You may try the full course for 6 days with no purchasing obligation. No skills assessment at the beginning. Lacks advanced writing exercises. Conclusion I found Rocket Spanish being the most engaging and convenient to use compared to the others. The program is highly effective in teaching a coherent combination of vocabulary and conversational skills. It eliminates the cultural and colloquial barriers previously faced by Spanish language learners and provides a comprehensive learning experience that can be taken abroad. The forums allow students to ask questions and interact with tutors and other students. The community is an essential motivating factor for success.
  18. Rocket Spanish is an online Spanish course by Rocket Languages. It's the biggest selling course in the Rocket Languages lineup — particularly popular for folks wanting casual, conversational Latin American Spanish. The idea behind Rocket Spanish is that there is a certain amount of "essential" language you need, and a whole lot of stuff that can wait until later. For instance, they say that if you don't know the word for "pencil" you can point to a pencil and ask a Spanish speaker, "how do you say this?" But if you don't know how to say "how do you say this?" then you're pretty screwed. So Rocket Spanish supposedly focuses on the most useful grammar and vocabulary first. Rocket Spanish doesn't quite have the profile of big players like Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur, and it isn't quite as flashy as Fluenz or Duolingo. So how does it stack up? Let's take a look...http://bit.do/cRZ3u
  19. Hi I need to write a text in german and i was wondering in anyone could read it and point out any problems with the grammar or sentences. I am a beginner in german and i wanna write a very simple text (simple sentences). I havent really figured out how to write umlauts on my keyboard so bear with me. (I suck with computers :-) ) Meine Reise nach Dublin. Sommer sind ich und meine Familie nach Dublin gefahren. Mein erste Tag in Dublin war viel spaB. Um 9 Uhr wecken ich habe fruhstuck. Nach den fruhstuck sind wir zuruck zu der Zimmer gegangen. Um 12 Uhr haben wir in der Stadt (shoppen?). Wir haben viele kleidung und Souvinieren gekauft. Darauf haben wir in einen gute Restaurant gegessen. Es war sehr gut essen. Darauf haben wir ein Tourist tour mitgenehmen. Wir haben viele gesehen. Wir haben Molly Malone statue, St. Patrick kirche und der posthause gesehen. wir haben auch einen Boot entlang der Flut Liffey genehmen. Es war echt cool! Darauf sind wir nach den Hotel zuruck gegangen. Meine Schwester und ich haben in der pool gebadet. Das wasser war warm und schön. Am Abend sind wir ins Kino gegangen. Wir haben Tarzan mit Alexander Skarsgård gesehen. Er ist ein Swedische Schauspieler. Der Film war sehr gut!. Nach der Film sind meine Schwester und ich nachtclub gegangen. wir haben viel stundenlang getanzt. Wir war totmude wenn wir ins Bett gegangen. Meine Reise nach Dublin war wunderbar und ich will bald zuruck fahren. I really hope i havent butchered your language :-)
  20. Hello everyone, I have spent over 5 years learning languages. I am Chinese and now I have C1 level French and I just started learning German three months ago. The biggest difficulty I encountered is I can't speak the language even I know the grammar very well. It really helps me when I can talk to native speakers but they are not always available to teach me. Or sometimes the topic I have to talk with them, I can't express my ideas because of cultural or social differences. Then I was looking for a solution and I found this great idea called Language Exchange. It means, find someone who is learning my own mother language, instead this person speaks the language that I am trying to learn. It is a mutual-aid and with similar motivation we will be able to keep making progress. So I will send you this article about Language Conversation Exchange and hope you can let this method help you learn faster. Here is the link: Conversation Exchange: The Ultimate Guide It is a very good method and helps me to improve my language expressive ability very fast. Btw, I found some other people with the same problems as I do so we have spent a lot of time on doing this website and App to help connect people love languages.We launched our beta version already and Android/ iOS version will be launch in coming weeks. Hence I hope you will take a look at what we are doing, https://bilingua.io/ Trust me this is a great platform for you. I hope you will enjoy it as I do Luna
  21. Hallo I am Tess and I am new to this site.I am currently learning german in school and i am pleading with the nice german speaking people on this site for help. Can you say Triffst du Hans heute Abend? Are you seeing Hans tonight? if not then how do you say it?, also how do you translate to german: He hung the picture on the wall, Excuse me, can YOU help me, frau Mueller?, How do i get to the store?. I appreciate your help:-)
  22. The application world has yet to see something as unique as Tapxicon. Although there are many dictionary and English learning apps available, none delivers like Tapxicon; both in terms of content and use. With the ease of browsing words on the go, Tapxicon changes what was once a tiresome and boring task into an effortless review by allowing phone users to comprehend the word that they see on that LCD, in a manner that hardly takes effort and most definitely doesn’t feel like a textbook being shoved in their faces. Let’s face it, improving your vocabulary whilst browsing Facebook is more enjoyable than reading a dictionary. But if you prefer that, we won't judge (or would we?). Tapxicon is the companion you never had. The companion who tells you all the tasty goodness of a word. This includes: • Definitions • Audio Pronunciation • Phonetic Notation • Synonyms • Antonyms • Usage • Derivation • Hierarchical Information such as- type, part, substance. Other features include: • Verb Conjugation- four subcategories of conjugation: indicative, subjunctive, conditional and imperative. • Part of Speech Tagger- input a sentence and find the part of speech for each word in that sentence. Please try it out and leave feedback. We're always happy to hear from you (unless it's something negative...just kidding)! LINK --> Grab it here! Thanks!
  23. I love reading books in English, especially the classics. One of my favorite authors, I have to say, is Jane Austen, and Vladimir Nabokov (though he is Russian). I was wondering what yours were
  24. ¡Busca_Palabras! Word Search Puzzle Books ~ Spanish and English Busca Palabras! es una colleción de rompecabezas de sopa de letras Españolas e Inglesas. Es en libro excelente y entretenimiento para el viajero, estudiante o aficionado de los rompecabezas. Disfrute cientos de rompecabezas de sopa de letras divertidos y miles de palabras Españolas e Inglesas. Volumen 1 ~ Palabras, Modismos, Expresiones y Letras del Español e Inglés Volumen 2 ~ Verbos Españoles de AR, ER e IR y Vosotros: ¡Busca Palabras! Which means “Search for words!” in Spanish, is a collection of Spanish and English word search puzzles. It is an excellent and entertaining book for travelers, students and puzzle lovers. Enjoy hundreds of fun words search puzzles with thousands of words. Volume I ~Spanish and English Words, Idioms, Expressions and Letters Volume 2 ~Spanish AR, ER, IR and Vosotros Verbs