More Language Learning Tips

Websites I found these past few weeks:

Dialang is a neat program that you can use to determine your European Level in a foreign language. There are 5 tests – reading, writing, listening, grammar and vocabulary – available for 14 languages – Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. It also gives you feedback, advice and an explanation of the European Levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). You can download Dialang for free here.

Goethe-Verlag has two sections for learning languages at the A1 & A2 levels: book2 is a non-profit project that includes 100 lessons in 40 languages and mp3s for 11 of the languages. There are also free language tests in 25 languages, with about 200 fill-in-the-blank tests each.

Verbs: There are a few websites for looking up the conjugation of a verb in a certain language, such as Verbix, but these sites usually have no audio to help you with the pronunciation of the conjugated forms. However, there is LearnVerbs which provides the pronunciation of several verbs in Catalan, English, French, Galician, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. But this site does not give the conjugated form – only the name of the verb tense – so you need to keep one window open on Verbix and one window open on LearnVerbs if you want both the spelling and the pronunciation.

Activities: Quia has a collection of shared activities and games for learning languages, most submitted by teachers for use in their classes. Paying subscribers can create a variety of activities in 16 formats, but just doing the activities is completely free.

Radio: Listenlive.eu has a list of European radio stations that you can listen to online as live streams.

Links: Mahalo has some good tips for learning languages and links to many sites. I especially love their page on learning German with the music of David Hasselhoff.

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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