❝The limits of my language are the limits of my world.❞
‒ Ludwig Wittgenstein
@danielharcek Coursera.org Zilina Meetup 3rd of Oct 2013
● Answers first
● New Babel
● Native Speakers
● The Others
Answers first motivation?
● what language you want to speak /
● how will you use the language?
● are you willing to learn and train regularly?
● do you plan to spend some money on it?
WRITE. SPEAK. PRACTICE.
learning must be active
New Babel free is the magic word
○ listening (podcasts, radio)
○ writing :)
○ conversations (skype, etc.)
English as a Second Language
Podcasts In English
Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten
Deutsch - warum nicht?
Conscious listening to radio is for more
advanced but can help. E.g. BBC or Deutsche
language learning website free
6 languages (spanish, english, french, german, ...)
While learning you help to translate the web
Not focused on speaking skill
social network for learning languages freemium
Course format (learn, quizzes, speaking and writing assignments)
Basic and premium classes (if you pay you get access to all languages)
Platforms many choices as well
Platforms you don’t get all for free
online language learning software commercial
~60€ per language per year
online language learning community freemium
38 languages (more advanced courses 5 languages)
Free to join and basic courses
Pay for active series (advanced courses)
Promotes active participation to improve conversational fluency
Native Errh get that accent
● https://www.verbling.com/ partially free
● http://www.italki.com/ skype, ~15 euro per
● http://www.glovico.org/ skype, ~8 euro per
Learn & Earn :)
The Others there is more
● lingq.com freemium, structured reading
● languageexchange.org community learning
● bbc languages multimedia / phrases
● memrise.com flashcards
● rosettastone.eu method, expensive
● pimsleur.com method, even more expensive
Find a learning partner.
THANK YOU for your time and attention
“To have another language is to
possess a second soul.”