Upgrades and Updates on ielanguages.com: Let me know what to work on next

First, I apologize if you had trouble accessing ielanguages.com the past week. My hosting company decided to throttle traffic and deny access from several IPs because of heavy usage while I was away last weekend. I have just upgraded to a Virtual Private Server so that hopefully won’t be a problem anymore. Everything should be transferred to the new server by now, but my pageviews are currently less than half what they used to be and the cached memory is still ridiculously high so I obviously still have a few problems to work out. Let me know if you’re still having trouble with the site (or if you’re a web developer who can help me figure out what is going on!)

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In other news, I just created a Google+ page if you’d like to receive blog posts and site updates there instead of through Facebook, Twitter or RSS.

I will have more French Listening Resources soon. I’m just waiting for friends in France to send me the videos they have recorded and I’ll get them uploaded as soon as possible. I’m going to be creating videos of the original mp3s so you can read and watch at the same time (similar to videos of songs with lyrics.) Check out the Youtube channel to see which videos are available.

I plan to work on a French & Spanish comparative tutorial since I know there are a lot of people out there learning more than one language at a time, yet resources to learn them simultaneously are still practically non-existent. The French & Italian and French & German tutorials are already available, though not complete.

I would like to know what types of resources you’d like to see on the site so I know what to work on next. What is most useful for you? What do you want to see more of? (Keeping in mind that my PhD will still be my full-time job for at least the next 12 months so I won’t have a ton of free time to devote to the site…) Leave a comment here, send me an email, post on the Facebook or Google+ pages, send me a tweet, etc. I appreciate your feedback!

Holiday Weekend in Gold Coast, Queensland

I flew up to Gold Coast last Wednesday to meet up with one of my oldest friends from Michigan. Jessica just finished her postdoc in Melbourne and is moving back to the US tomorrow, so this was our last trip together in Australia. Most people head to the GC either for the beaches or the […]

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Free Children’s Books Apps in Foreign Languages (Text + Audio)

There are a lot of free language apps available nowadays but many of them are not very good or extensive. They tend to include some basic words or tourist phrases in flashcard format, but very few offer connected text (such as stories) in addition to pronunciation. Lately I’ve been looking for apps that include both […]

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Conferences for Applied Linguistics, CALL, Language Teaching & Learning and French

If you’re interested in attending or presenting at conferences on applied linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, modern/foreign languages or French studies, here are some upcoming conferences. You still have time to submit abstracts for some of them. I plan on being in Wellington this November for the ALAA/ALANZ conference and Brisbane next August for the AILA […]

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Dora will help you learn half a dozen languages

I often buy DVDs from the European Amazon stores to ensure that I will have a choice of at least one or two other subtitled/dubbed languages besides the original language. I’m not sure how, but I came across Dora the Explorer DVDs at the German Amazon and noticed that they offered FIVE languages, or at […]

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Do some academics look down on other academics as well as non-academics?

A recent post on The Thesis Whisperer, a blog designed to help research students in Australia, has been quite popular this past month. The title? Academic assholes and the circle of niceness Luckily, I have not personally experienced any aggressive or arrogant behavior at the universities I have attended in the US or Australia. My […]

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English Teaching Opportunities in France, Spain and Germany for 2013

Update: If you’re looking for jobs in France for the 2014-15 school year, go here.   If you’re interested in teaching English in Europe later this year, here are a few jobs:   FRANCE Added June 12: English lecteur/lectrice positions at Université Paris Dauphine to begin September 1, 2013. Requirements: English must be your mother […]

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Death of a language website: fsi-language-courses.org [UPDATED: It’s back online and there are at least 3 mirror sites]

UPDATE: The site is back online!!! All of the files are also available at fsi.antibozo.net, fsi-languages.yojik.eu, or www.livelingua.com/fsi-language-courses.php, or you can use this torrent if you’d like to download everything. If anyone knows what happened to fsi-language-courses.org, please let me know! It was the site that included all of the Foreign Service Institute courses in the […]

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Non-Linguists, Please Stop Trying to Do or Talk About Linguistics Without the Help of Actual Linguists

Ben Zimmer has a wonderful article on “When physicists do linguistics” over at the Boston Globe, which can perhaps be best summarized by this comic from xkcd:   Joking aside, I am happy that other disciplines have an interest in language – however, I hate when other disciplines try to do linguistic research and fail […]

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Adding Subtitles to Online Videos with Amara for Language Learning

Listening while reading a transcript of what is said is the best way to improve overall comprehension as well as pronunciation. Extensive listening and reading also contribute to vocabulary acquisition. I have previously talked about TV series and movies that may include subtitles, but what about online videos? Youtube does have an automatic closed captioning […]

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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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