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ielanguages.com Says Goodbye to Flash

You may have noticed small changes to the mp3 players on the languages and exercises pages. I have finally updated all of them to HTML5 so they should work on mobile devices.

HTML5 Players in various browsers (source: html5tutorial.info)

I am still adding the players to the language tutorials, but for now all of the tutorials have players on at least the first page.

Let me know if the players are not working for you or if a file does not play. (I’ll need to know which operating system and browser you’re using.)

Plans for 2015

-+*Happy 2015 all! Bonne année ! Buon anno! Feliz año nuevo! Feliz ano novo! Frohes neues Jahr! Gelukkig nieuwjaar! Gelukkige nuwe jaar! Gott nytt år! 2015 is the year I submit my thesis, hopefully have the right to put Dr. before my name, and maybe find a permanent job (fingers crossed!). If you hear of […] Continue reading →

Basic Phrases with Pronunciation: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Swedish Available

-+*If you’d like to study basic phrases for French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, or Swedish, I’ve created new pages with the list of phrases and mp3s for each phrase (instead of one mp3 for all the phrases together). Now you can listen to each phrase individually before trying out the audio flashcards to test yourself. […] Continue reading →

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 […] Continue reading →

Catalan Tutorial, Affiliate Program, and Australia Photos

-+*Thanks to Jonathan, we have another Romance language tutorial on ielanguages.com: Catalan! Catalan is spoken by 11.5 million people, mostly in eastern Spain (Catalonia, Valencian Community, Balearic islands) as well as in southern France, Andorra, and Sardinia, Italy. Barcelona is the largest Catalan-speaking city, and Catalan is recognized as a co-official language with Spanish in […] Continue reading →