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1. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

hey,

the recent languages thread started by jeff has inspired me to start learning a langauge over my holidays- just the basic phrases. i was wondering if anyone had found any free online sites where you could do this?

thanks in advance,
cheers,

p.s- i'm leaning towards either spanish or italian- does anyone have any other suggestions of particularly useful languages for travel? i'd love to hear any suggestions.

2. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Hi soliqa,

Perhaps this thread might be helpful:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=12310

If you go to the last few posts, there are some links for online language sites.

3. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

To improve my english I use to see DVDs with subtitles in english, it help me to understand the movie and get better the speech. Of course is easier to me to get movies in english than to you to get movies in spanish, but if you tray, not just would learn english, even discover an unknown but emerging world on the cinema industry.

I recommend you to start with "Motorcycle Diaries" (Diarios de motocicleta). No, better, I recommend all travel lovers to see this movie.

4. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

I agree with soliqa, to learn a language watching movies is great!!

If you want to learn Italian watch: Il Postino, La vitta รจ Bella (even if you saw it in English before). And don't be afraid to watch without the subtitles, often you will surprise yourself understanding the meaning of what the actors are saying by their bodylanguage!! (that is, if the actors are good... but italians generally don't have problems of expression! )

To learn Spanish, there is plenty of choice in movies either from Spain or any Latin American country (except Brazil ;) ) ... Amores Peros (Mexican), Hable con Ella ... er, I cannot think, but if you go to a good renting place, they should have a "repertoire" section or a "world movies" section... whatever the name, with a selection of movies in foreign languages.

Also, if you are a bit advanced in the learning process, there are bilingual books in the market. I have a couple of novels that are in the original language in one side, and with the translation on the other page. That way you are supposed to read the original version, but if you get lost, there is always the translation beside (because it's always annoying to read a book with a dictionary...)

I'll stop here, but if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask (I'll subscribe to this thread)... Haaaa languages!! ... I love languages! Me encantan los idiomas! Mi piaciono le differente lingue!! ay caramba!

5. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

If anyone would like to share the same interest as I do, I have about 50 different languages with a lot of resources and info with me. I am currently doing a small research on languages in Romance Branch - Latin (the hardest), French (am self-studying for months), Spanish, Portugese, Basque, Catalan, Italino and Romanian. Also doing a self-study on Old English and its phonetic system beacause I have so many questions about it...

Hope to meet some lingua-freak here

Lee

6. Posted by SkacoreUK (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

Don't know if any of you here have heard of "linkword" learning.

I am just starting to learn Spanish and am a COMPLETE beginner, I literally know NOTHING.

After half an hour of looking at this book I know a surprisingly large amount. The days of the week, months of the year, animals, time, some basic grammer, and quite a bit more.

I never thought it would actually work, but 3 hours after looking, ALL the words are still there .

Its works by linking words to an image in your head...

Mouse - Ratton (imagine a RAT lying ON a mouse)
Hour - horra (imagine someones AURA appearing every hour)
Always - siempre (you always bow when you SEE the EMPEROR)

This is obviously a drop in the ocean, but I read this book for 1/2 an hour at a friends house as he too is learning Spanish, and already know (and remember) some words....i'm just amazed.

My friend has been doing it for about 4 days, and can have a conversation (slowly), and could basicaly get by if dumped in Spain.

I will let you know how I am getting on a week from now.

7. Posted by tarot (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

how about german?

8. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

Quoting tarot

how about german?

German, for me, is a language apart... I studied it in school for about 7 years (while living in France), but I wouldn't say I knew how to speak it before going in Germany, living in a German family, and being surrounded by the language day and night for a couple of month! I'm not sure if I would have learned it otherwise.

9. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

living in a German family, and being surrounded by the language day and night for a couple of month! I'm not sure if I would have learned it otherwise.

So, meaning you are unsure of getting well with Deutsch?

10. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

living in a German family, and being surrounded by the language day and night for a couple of month! I'm not sure if I would have learned it otherwise.

So, meaning you are unsure of getting well with Deutsch?

No,

meaning that now I am getting pretty well in German (I've been mistaken for a native by an Austrian when I was speaking to a German girl in Italy ),

BUT if I wouldn't have had the "intensive bath" of the German language ~ living there, listening to the radio, listening to natives interacting, watching TV... ~ , I wouldn't have learned it correctly whith courses, internet or anything else.

(am I clear? )