Saturday, March 24, 2012

How To Learn A Foreign Language

Georg Grey, a freelance language teacher and translator - English, Spanish, German, reflects on language learning in his blog Thoughts On Life And Livin'.

(...) I don’t approve of most language teaching methods as applied by modern language schools, and it will become more transparent why in the course of this article.

His tips are quite interesting. He suggests to learn a foreign language as a toddler learns their mother language. And he recommends to avoid direct translation.

(...) If you have already learned a foreign language, or you are in the process of it, you will inevitable feel that you are translating one language into the other. And that’s the fundamental mistake most people make.

Hence, read the whole post and take into acount his tips: How To Learn A Foreign Language.

Finally, if you know tips about learning languages, you can post a comment or leave a related link.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Let's learn Italian

Let's learn Italian is a play list of videos to learn basic Italian. They're in the Rocket277's Channel. There are 16 video lessons that allows you to know about Italian language and its grammar.

Italian Lesson n.1 - Italian Alphabet

If you know more videos or web pages to learn Italian, please, leave a comment.


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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Web pages to learn and practice Persian (Farsi)

A list of resources to learn Persian (Farsi) online:
If you know more web pages, please, leave your comment and share them with the rest of users.

Persian language
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Persian or Farsi is an Iranian language within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and countries which historically came under Persian influence. The Persian language is classified as a continuation of Middle Persian, the official religious and literary language of Sassanid Persia, itself a continuation of Old Persian, the language of Persian Empire in the Achaemenid era. Persian is a pluricentric language and its grammar is similar to that of many contemporary European languages.

Persian has ca. 110 million native speakers, holding official status respectively in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. For centuries Persian has also been a prestigious cultural language in Central Asia, South Asia, and Western Asia.

Persian has had a considerable influence on neighboring languages, particularly the Turkic languages in Central Asia, Caucasus, and Anatolia, neighboring Iranian languages, as well as Armenian, Arabic and other languages. It has also exerted a strong influence on South Asian languages, especially Urdu, as well as Hindi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Saraiki, Sylheti, Bengali, Oriya.

With a long history of literature in the form of Middle Persian before Islam, Persian was the first language in Muslim civilization to break through Arabic’s monopoly on writing, and the writing of poetry in Persian was established as a court tradition in many eastern courts. Some of the famous works of Persian literature are the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, works of Rumi (Molana), Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Divan of Hafiz and poems of Saadi.

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