I’ve talked about using iMacros in the past. Basically, you click a button, a dialogue pops up and asks you “Which word do you want to look up?” and in 4 seconds, you have a Google Images link to the word, a Forvo.com recording, a bilingual dictionary entry and a monolingual dictionary entry. Magic. Typically, it’s a bit of a pain to set up, but in preparation for an upcoming workshop, I’ve decided to make it a lot easier. Continue reading
Tips, tutorials and resources to aid you on your path towards fluency.
This is some early bookstore research for a bunch of foreign language dictionary reviews. I went to two large bookstores (The enormous Half Price Books and the equally enormous Barnes & Noble in Dallas) and wrote down the names of pretty-much every dictionary they had in every language they carried, and also noted whether they included pronunciation information (and if so, whether it was IPA, some formal system (pinyin, romaji), some random system they invented, or some terrible English approximation [Bawn-JOOR]). I’ve tried to provide Amazon links to as many dictionaries as possible.
Video News: The last English Pronunciation and International Phonetic Alphabet video is done! Check it out here (or directly on YouTube). Future videos plans in the short term include: French/German/Italian Pronunciation. Medium term: Russian Pronunciation. Longer term: Who knows!
Pronunciation Help: Once you’ve seen the vowel video, you can use these charts to compare your target language’s vowels to your own vowels.
- French, German, Italian, English RP and GA
- Russian (compared with German, oddly enough)
- Spanish (and almost everything else): These are not extremely precise, but they contain so many languages that it’s still a wonderful resource
- If you find a better chart for your language, please let me know, so I can add it to this list!
Book News: We’re represented! The wonderful Lisa DiMona at Lark Productions is representing the book, and the final final proposal is just about ready!
Site Updates: A few minor repairs, corrections and organizational fixes. Added StumbleUpon buttons (go click them! Yay!). A reader found a nice concise Spanish pronunciation guide that I’ve added to the Spanish section. I’ve found some neat Chinese resources (for learning tones and entering characters), and I’ve put them up on the Learn Mandarin Chinese page.
Recently, a reader asked me whether I had heard of the Assimil method, and whether I’d recommend it or not. I had never really looked into them, and now that I’ve done a bit of research, I can comment a bit. Continue reading
I keep addressing this question in various forum/comment discussions, but I should discuss it here, because it addresses a lot of issues in a lot of languages. The question is:
How do I deal with a language that uses a pictographic alphabet like Chinese? Continue reading
Added an easier to find link to my Anki decks if you want to look at them in the general Languages Resources section
And last but not least, I think I finally got WordPress to fit inside of this blog without scroll bars on the bottom. Please let me know if you see horizontal scroll bars under the blog, and if so, what operating system/browser you’re using!