DEAR BUSUU, LIVEMOCHA, ROSETTA STONE, DUOLINGO, AND PIMSLEUR: THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH

Learning German is daunting, says Smith, who almost gave up. He concludes that there’s No Free Lunch despite the advent of loads of free language learning Apps – the best teacher will probably be yourself,especially if you know how best you learn. There are some great thoughts here on teaching and learning styles/ and learner autonomy too.

Boreal B[l]og

Quite by accident, I started to learn German while with many Germans on an eclipse trip in 2010 to Patagonia, Argentina.  They were nice, and two women became–and still are–good friends. I promised them if they came over for the 2012 annular eclipse in Arizona, I’d learn a little German.  They didn’t come, but I started learning German–at 61. 

I started with Rosetta Stone (RS).  I saw the ads, I talked to a person in Sea-Tac, where I tried a few words, and I thought this would help.  I was so motivated, that after I finished Part 1, I decided to repeat it.  In 3 months, I went through all 5 parts.  That is motivation. RS has good voice recognition software, and that is its strong point.  One will be able to say words reasonably well enough they might be understandable.  For a short trip to Hungary, RS would be…

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DEAR BUSUU, LIVEMOCHA, ROSETTA STONE, DUOLINGO, AND PIMSLEUR: THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH

there’s No Free Lunch despite loads of free language learning Apps – especially if you’re trying to learn German. There are some great thoughts here on teaching and learning styles/ and learner autonomy too.

Boreal B[l]og

Quite by accident, I started to learn German while with many Germans on an eclipse trip in 2010 to Patagonia, Argentina.  They were nice, and two women became–and still are–good friends. I promised them if they came over for the 2012 annular eclipse in Arizona, I’d learn a little German.  They didn’t come, but I started learning German–at 61. 

I started with Rosetta Stone (RS).  I saw the ads, I talked to a person in Sea-Tac, where I tried a few words, and I thought this would help.  I was so motivated, that after I finished Part 1, I decided to repeat it.  In 3 months, I went through all 5 parts.  That is motivation. RS has good voice recognition software, and that is its strong point.  One will be able to say words reasonably well enough they might be understandable.  For a short trip to Hungary, RS would be…

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Common mistakes Latvians make in English

Thanks for sharing some of the problems Latvians experience when learning English. It’s very helpful for people who are learning how to teach to know them.

The Real Riga

Languages are like arts, they look easy on the eye, but are seriously easy to make mistakes in. Tony Blair once tried to show off his French  by telling the French Prime Minister how much he envied him, but ended up saying in French that he wanted to be his boyfriend.

Hot hot dogs are big in Kazakhstan. Hot hot dogs are big in Kazakhstan.

I’ve been guilty of similar gaffes myself, mispronouncing the “c” in the word “cūka” had disastrous consequences when I once tried to order pork in a restaurant in my first month here. I even invented new Latvian words like puķot (to pick flowers) which doesn’t exist. However, given that Latvian has verbs like sēņot (to pick mushrooms) and ogot (to pick berries) I don’t think it would be such a bad addition.

Latvia has done amazingly well with foreign languages. Every day I have to tell Latvian civil servants, who already fluently speak…

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Guess which country does the most good for the planet?

Here is a great story on how Good ideas grow legs and why Ireland is top of the pops when it comes to doing great stuff that really matters. It’s a shame that the USA and Canada don’t make the top ten.

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The Good Country Index measures how much each of 125 countries contributes to the planet. Announced at the TEDSalon in Berlin, the Index features some unexpected winners — and even more surprising losers. (Sorry, USA.)

gci_index The top ten countries in the Good Country Index. (Click to view at larger size.)

Irish people, rejoice! It turns out, your green land is the “goodest” country in the world. That’s right. The “goodest.” At least, that’s according to Simon Anholt, who’s spent the past two years compiling an index to determine which of 125 countries contributes the most to the common, global good. Watch his TED Talk, “Which country does the most good for the world?

“I wanted to know why people admire Country A and not Country B,” Anholt said in a phone interview before he unveiled the full Index at the TEDSalon in Berlin on Monday, June 23. “To cut a…

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