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Learning a language: a guide to self-learning

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How to recognize good materials

 

  • Must be progressive.
  • Have to be based on phrases rather than isolated words.
  • Good dialogues - that make sense - are the best to start with.
  • If you have image, video or audio support with your dialogues, even better, since your brain will make quicker associations.
  • Good books take an important role afterwards.

 

Book series to start

 

 

Internet free resources

 

  • Livemocha Available for 35 languages  Excellent and collaborative method, very well organized. You don't have to pay. Blocked to Linux users, but works with a workaround.
  • Duo lingo Available for learning: Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch...a lot more in progress (2014)
  • Italki Excellent for sharing languages online
  • Memrise Memorise vocabulary.
  • Book box Excellent for pronunciation purposes and language practice: English, German, Italian, French, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Urdu, Bengali... You might prefer this link if you don't find the way to see the videos.
  • Easy languages Amazing street dialogues in many languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Malay, Arabian, Russian, Croatian, Dutch, Polish, Filipino, Polish, Norwegian, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • BBC languages I recommend that you download the videos and use VLC player to watch them, in case you have problems with your browser
  • FSI Language course Old materials in almost 50 different languages

Shared material on the net

 

For some languages, you can find compiled material that somebody has packed for you in a huge file. Piratebay is a website where you can find such files. These files can be downloaded using torrent clients like Transmission or Deluge

The resources that you find on this website aren't legally usable, because of rights violations. Use at your own risk.

 

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