A friend of mine, Lauri Goldenhersh, runs a wonderful website known as Laurislist. Basically, if you want a job as a classical singer in Los Angeles, you get a subscription to Laurislist, she sends out emails like “URGENT: Baritone needed for Christmas caroling job TOMORROW. $100 in Culver City,” you call, and poof, you have some work. Alternatively, if you have a Christmas caroling job tomorrow and you get laryngitis, you can send an email to Laurislist and someone will call you immediately and offer up his services. Back when I was living in LA, Laurislist was a pretty essential resource.
When talking to Lauri about my workshops, she suggested I guest post for the Laurislist blog, Singerpreneur. Singers, after all, need to learn lots of languages, and a big group of Los Angeles singers would be great candidates for my Los Angeles workshops. I took her up on it.
The article I wrote is geared towards singers, but it covers a theme that resurfaces all over the place in language learning: how we remember. Singers have particularly insane memorization needs; we have to memorize long foreign-language texts all the time. So I wrote out a method for memorizing texts that takes advantage of all the memory research I’ve done over the past year.
Without further ado, jump on over to Singerpreneur: Is there a better way to memorize your texts?
A few months ago, I did an hour-long interview with Stephan Si-Hwan Park at his Online School for Unconventional Academics about language learning and book deals. He recently released that video to the public, so check it out!
I wrote an article for Benny at Fluentin3Months.com about the opera singer perspective and what it has to offer to the language learning community. Check it out!
Dropping Barriers: What opera singers study, and how it can help you learn languages easier
There’s another guest post in the works, and I’ll post a link here as soon as it’s up!
Other updates: • Small addition to the Other Languages section - added a wonderful Portuguese frequency list for the first 350 words, with numerous example sentences.
• Added links to Forvo and Rhinospike as pronunciation resources.
• Added links to Linguee for English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. It’s a really neat dictionary service that provides tons of example sentences and tells you about a given word’s frequency. I wish it was available for Russian! (Anyone have any good Russian dictionaries, especially monolingual ones? When a word’s not well described in Wiktionary, I’m kind of out of options)
• Fixed the email subscription widget - anyone who subscribed prior to today isn’t on the email list; sorry! Please subscribe again - it’s working now.
I’ve done just about everything I can to ensure the site will stay up and running, so let me know if something doesn’t work and I’ll try to fix it asap! Also, feel free to ask questions over here, and I’ll answer them as soon as I can. I’m not sure if I’ve gotten a Lifehacker login, so I don’t know if I can respond to comments over at the original article.
Thanks for visiting and happy language learning!