Wednesday, October 28, 2009

RusskogoYazyka, a collection of Russian videos

This is an odd collection of old Russian videos for advanced beginners. This is what the owner of this Youtube channel tells about these videos from the Soviet era:

"Specifically designed to help you learn this most beautiful language, this Channel gathers 61 videos (1 song + 11 full lessons + 49 help lessons with basic vocabulary in English) for advanced beginners.

"The audio recordings are the original ones from the Soviet era. So the dialogues reflect the Soviet way of life.

"I am not a video maker, so I inductively edited some raw material from the book "Так Говорят Русские" and from Internet Soviet propaganda posters using Adobe Premiere Pro software ad hoc."

Russian As Russians Speak It (Так Говорят Русские) aims at improving the student's command of Russian dialogue techniques and is designed for students who have worked through an elementary Russian course and who wish to develop their aural comprehension and speech habits. The student is assumed to have mastered the fundamentals of Russian pronunciation and intonation, the formation and meaning of the most essential nominal and verbal forms, the basic syntactical structures, and to have a command of an elementary Russian vocabulary.

Тема 1 - Урок 1 Познакомьтесь: это моя семья

Monday, October 26, 2009

Babelan is growing! (Paris and French language)

There are new features you can find in Babelan. These are as follows:
  • The site has been fullly translated into French, thanks to a contributor.
  • Paris has been added as a new city. You can offer and search languages exchange, classes and translations services in this city. Paris >>
You can contribute and help us translating Babelan into any language. Further info >>

Babelan, the languages site

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Foreign languages podcasts

Students of foreign languages search for audio files in order to learn and practice their target language. Ivoox, a free site to share audio files, offers several languages podcast channels. Here, you have a collection of them.


- Grammar Challenge [BBC]: Improve your English grammar with the BBC. Each week we challenge an English language student on an area of the English language such as verb forms, tenses, prepositions and pronunciation. Listen to a short presentation on the topic then try to answer the questions. The programmes are recorded on location in an English language classroom. Each episode lasts for six minutes and is made available every Friday.

- 6 Minute English [BBC]: Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. Your weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Wednesday. Each programme is six minutes long and contains examples and explanations to help you improve your knowledge of the English language across a wide range of topics.

- ESL Podcast: A podcast is an audio file that you download from the Internet. After you download it, you can listen to it on your computer or on an MP3/portable music player (for example, an iPod or iRiver). You can subscribe to a podcast so that it is delivered to you automatically each day, just like a newspaper.

- Listen to English: The podcast website for people learning English On this page - podcasts to help you improve your listening skills.

- Tu inglés!: Vamos a ejercitar tu oído para el inglés! Practicar y aprender con un nativo. Cada sesión incluye entrevistas, practicas de conjugacion, consejos, grabación de discursos y otros recursos. ¡A aprender!

- Podcast de Vaughan: Todos los días el programa de Cloverdale (Cloverdale's Corner) en MP3.


- FLE - Madrid: Apprendre le Français.


- Podcast China y Japón: Podcast sobre China. Aprenda chino mandarín mientras monta en bicicleta. Podcast sobre Japón.


- L de Lengua: Podcast sobre el mundo del español como lengua extranjera y las aplicaciones didácticas de la web 2.0.

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