Language Learning

Here I share language learning resources.

All languages
Duolingo
– the language app that everyone knows. Great for beginners, but gets old very fast.

Mimic Method by Idahosa Ness
– this guy has great pronunciation lessons for a number of languages
– go-to-guy when you have questions about tricky pronunciation (I’ve asked him about how to pronounce the uvular R sound in German)

Glossika
– machine learning-based approach

LingQ
Steve Kaufmann‘s baby
– genuinely useful tool for improving vocabulary learning and listening
– has wide coverage of languages, great content
– one of my favorite tools for language learning

Wordreference
– the best multilingual dictionary out there PERIOD.

Babbel
– haven’t tried using this one yet

Flashcard apps
Memrise
– Anki on steroids
– if you’re not really into customization, this is the tool for you

Anki
– this is where I got started, I imagine it’s the same for many language learners out there who use SRS tools
– insane amount of customization possible
– this is where I store most of my language vocabulary
– I’ve tried adding Googling photos for each word I add to a deck à la Gabriel Wyner, but it just takes so long

Quizlet
– another nifty flashcard app
– I like some of their games

Video learning
슈퍼팬 (Superfan)
– great tool for learning English via YouTube videos of your favorite celebs

Fluentu

Viki
– has a ton of content from around the world (mostly Asia) in their respective languages

Vidio
– Indonesian content

Youku
– for Chinese

Bilingual Readers
Interlinear books

Doppeltext

German
Slow German
– great podcasts on a variety of subjects, all for free

Deutsche Welle
– great news content with audio and transcripts!
– especially check out the Android app

Easy German
– great on-the-street videos of spoken German covering a wide variety of questions
– also has grammar videos that are helpful

LEO
– best German dictionary for English speakers

Chinese
Pleco
– the best English dictionary for Chinese

Decipher Chinese
– variety of short stories to choose from.
– uses built-in TTS and also provides quick definitions and pinyin of words by tapping.

Chrome hover-over pop-up dictionary 

Great dictionary that shows traditional and simplified characters with examples

Hierarchical trees showing Chinese character relations

Chinese character frequency lists
Hanzicraft
MTSU

imandarinpod
– transcript with audio available!

Episodes of 三国 with English subs
Episodes of 三国 with Chinese subs

Chinese dramas 

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Spanish
Good podcasts for listening
Radioset
Radiolingua
20minutes

French
Practicing reading
electronics review site
playingtheworld
carnets-de-traverse
RFI
20minutes

Frequency dictionary

Great video content
arte.tv
Francetvinfo (has transcripts)
Franceinter

Podcasts
BFM

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