|07-07-2011, 07:10 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2011
Language Learning On The Cheap
Have any of you ever used an e-book to learn a language?
I've been wanting to learn Spanish for a while but unfortunately I am quite low on funds at the moment and language classes cost a bit (for me anyway). I recently took a chance and bought a Spanish "phrase book" for like $2.99 on Amazon.
It's going pretty well so far...I mean, there are phrases like "hello my name is..." and "where is the hotel" so getting a conversation started is pretty easy. Of course in order to be really fluent I'd have to learn actual grammar but I imagine a phrasebook like this would be pretty great if you're going to Spain for 3 days. I believe their iPhone app actually has audio by a native speaker as well. (The company is Eton Institute)
Have you guys ever had a good/bad experience with these apps that claim to teach you an entire language? Or are they a waste of time and money?
Last edited by nida; 07-10-2011 at 12:37 AM.
|07-07-2011, 10:51 AM||#2|
Lord of Frogtown
Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Paul MN
Not exactly an answer to your question, but I've done Rosetta Stone's Spanish, which was offered free via an online hookup through my public library. Sort of useful.
There are also approximately a bajillion websites that offer a free Spanish tutorials, some with songs and/or poetry that make the learning less painful. An easy Google search.
It's also possible to find some online Spanish translations of books such as Old Man and the Sea, which you can then get up on a screen along with the English version. One thing about Hemingway — the language is simple, so reading along is fairly straightforward. Also (and this is less helpful although it does give you some interesting vocabulary) I found a Gideon bible with Spanish on the left page, English on the right.
|07-07-2011, 11:25 AM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Device: Motorola Razr, iriver Story
haha, I've been recently trying to learn latin from this Gutenberg ebook.
Lots of public domain spanish literature there too, both for beginners and advanced.
|07-07-2011, 01:40 PM||#4|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Boulder, CO
Device: Kindle 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (for PDFs)
Although dated, you may want to check out FSI (Foreign Service Institute) at http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php.
Open Culture has a collection of resources for various languages (http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons) that might get you going in the right direction.
I keep requesting access to the Kindle Developer API, so that I can write myself a flashcard app (I'm a programmer by trade), but they keep ignoring me.
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