MOOCs for Learning Languages

In a post about using MOOC videos and subtitles to learn languages one year ago, I noted that none of the major MOOC providers were offering courses to teach languages. Luckily that has changed over the past year: On Coursera, you will now find a self-paced Mandarin Chinese for Beginners course that you can join […]

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Celebrating Midsummer in Sweden

Part 2 of Vacation 2014: Sweden We had one day in Stockholm and two full days in Göteborg/Gothenburg where we celebrated Midsommar/Midsummer on June 20. Yes, I did dance around the maypole with my Swedish friend. Stockholm can be done in one day, but I wish we had more time there. From the ferry, we […]

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Finno-Ugric Fun: Finland and Estonia

Part 1: Finno-Ugric Fun in Finland and Estonia Vacation 2014 began and ended with conference presentations in Paris and Oslo, so naturally I also had to travel to countries I had never been to before in Europe. I decided to start in Finland before heading over to Sweden and Norway, with a day trip to […]

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Undeciphered Scripts: Rongorongo on Easter Island

As a new assistant editor of the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies as well as a new associate curator of the Easter Island, Myths and Popular Culture international exhibition, I am exposed to a wide range of interesting topics related to the South Pacific. My latest fascination involves rongorongo, a system of glyphs […]

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Mutual Intelligibility between English and Scots

Frisian is often cited as the language that is closest to English, but Scots is actually closer (i.e. has a higher degree of mutual intelligibility with English). Not Scottish English, which is a variety of English, or Scottish Gaelic, which is actually a Celtic rather than a Germanic language, but Lowland Scots. There are just […]

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Free Peace Corps Language Learning Materials: Over 100 Languages Available

If you love free public domain language learning resources as much as I do, then check out the Peace Corps Language Courses Archive. Live Lingua has a large collection of Peace Corps manuals teaching languages ranging from Acholi to Zarma (over 100 languages are available!) and some also include audio resources in addition to the […]

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How to Learn Languages by Reading Interlinear Books

Linas is a language learning enthusiast who founded InterlinearBooks.com. His project aims to make literature more accessible to language learners. He wrote this guest post to introduce the concept of learning with Interlinear books. If you have been reading this blog, you probably already know Jennie has strongly supported listening and reading to learn languages, and she […]

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Frozen’s “Let it Go” in 25 Languages with Subtitles

Disney has released a multilingual version of the song “Let it Go” from the film Frozen. There are 25 languages total in the song, and luckily there is a version on Dailymotion with all of the lyrics and English translations available as subtitles: “Let It Go” (All 25 Languages Transcript… by Ko Sherman If you […]

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Using MOOC Videos and Subtitles to Learn Languages

Although there don’t seem to be any MOOCs on the major provider platforms for learning languages, Coursera does offer courses in Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Arabic and Italian that you can use to help you learn the language. Most, if not all of them, provide subtitles for the videos so you can watch and read […]

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European Day of Languages 2013

Just a reminder – the European day of Languages / Journée européenne des langues is tomorrow, September 26! From the official website: Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity […]

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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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