Now that my PhD is my full-time job, the blog gets updated much more often than the rest of the site.
June 7: Added new Basic Phrases pages for French.
May 17: New French Listening Resources video: nos filles et mes frères
April-May: I'm working on adding more vocabulary and regional variations to the Spanish tutorials
January 1: Added transcript for le PACS in French Listening Resources.
November 6: Updated Afrikaans tutorial and added some Afrikaans vocabulary to Germanic comparative pages.
May 20: The sister site of French Listening Resources, Authentic French with Commercials and Films, is now available!
December 20: Finally added more transcripts to French Listening Resources and made new listen & read pages! All of the embedded mp3 players have been updated with the audio tag so they should work on iPhones/iPods/iPads as well.
December 3: Mp3s for Danish tutorials have been uploaded.
September 13: Uploaded first half of Catalan II Tutorial
August 28: Uploaded all mp3s for German II Tutorial
June 27: Almost all of the mp3s to accompany the second edition of French Language Tutorial have been uploaded. Only pages 182-187 and 211-212 are not yet finished.
June 18: Added new Latin Tutorial, written by Brandon
June 12: Another 75 mp3s (pages 86-160) for French Language Tutorial (2nd ed.) have been uploaded
June 7: Travel photos from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey have been uploaded to the Gallery and Flickr
June 6: Language realia from Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey has been uploaded
May 14: Uploaded 15 new mp3s to Spanish II Tutorial
May 8: Mp3s to accompany pages 21 to 51 of French Language Tutorial (2nd ed.) have been uploaded
May 2: The second edition of French Language Tutorial is now available!
April 21: Latest French Listening mp3
April 19: Added two more Afrikaans mp3s
April 13: Re-designed the Realia Resources section plus uploaded more Italian realia (thanks to Dominick!) and added Hungarian and Turkish realia
April 7: Updated the layout for the multilingual vocabulary lists so they are easier to read
March 24: New French Listening mp3
March 16: Uploaded latest French Listening mp3
February 23: French Listening Resources is back!
February 22: Added brand name photos to Cultural Realia of France page.
February 2: Finished uploading the rest of the audio flashcards and exercises for French II Tutorial.
January 31: Added more audio flashcards and exercises to French II Tutorial.
January 20: Another upload of audio flashcards and exercises to Italian II Tutorial.
December 5: Uploaded mp3s for Dutch II Tutorial.
December 4: New French Listening Resources mp3 on the family.
November 25: Uploaded all of the mp3 for Swedish III Tutorial. Thanks again to Krystallia for recording so fast!
November 22: Uploaded more German realia from Austria. Thanks to Petr!
November 18: Uploaded 5 new mp3 for Swedish II Tutorial.
November 13: Uploaded Basic Phrases mp3 for Swedish I Tutorial and created audio flashcards.
November 11: New French Listening Resources mp3 on the school system in France.
November 6: Audio flashcards (Portuguese to English and English to Portuguese) are now available for Portuguese I Basic Phrases. The accent is Brazilian Portuguese.
November 5: Audio flashcards (German to English and English to German) are now available for German I Basic Phrases.
November 4: Audio flashcards (Spanish to English and English to Spanish) are now available for Spanish I Basic Phrases.
November 3: Subscribe to the new weekly newsletter and receive an e-mail every Wednesday with recent updates, blog posts, French word a day tweets, and special news and discounts on e-books.
October 18: New French Listening Resources mp3.
October 16: Updated Croatian I Tutorial.
October 11: New French Listening Resources mp3.
September 13: Added a few more mp3s to Italian II Tutorial - past participles with essere verbs.
September 6: Created some new audio flashcards for Italian I tutorial and added audio to existing flashcards and exercises.
August 27: Uploaded first unit of Foreign Service Institute Swedish Basic Course plus accompanying mp3s.
August 22: Uploaded six more units of the Foreign Service Institute Italian FAST Course. Ten units, plus the preliminary unit, are now available as HTML along with their MP3s that you can listen to online or download.
August 19: Created fill-in-the-blank (cloze) exercises for the first 20 French Listening Resources.
August 15: Added more vocabulary and sample sentences to the various Italian tutorials, in addition to creating new sections: 66, 71, 99, and 100.
August 5: Added a few more mp3s to Italian II Tutorial on the present perfect and irregular past participles.
August 3: The first two mp3s for the Portuguese tutorials are now uploaded, thanks to Olavo Germano de Sousa Neto, who is also the author of the tutorials. I've split the Portuguese tutorial into two pages, added an index page, and an mp3 page.
June 14: Uploaded travel photos from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Strasbourg, as well as Dutch, German and French realia. Also updated French Driver's License page to include new info about the exchange with Texas.
May 28: Uploaded a few more mp3s for Italian II Tutorial
May 21: Updated French Realia
April 30: Uploaded part 4 of interview with Mamie to French Listening Resources
April 21: Uploaded part 3 of interview with Mamie to French Listening Resources
April 20: Uploaded more Russian and Italian mp3s and separated Russian tutorial into 3 pages so hopefully they will load faster.
April 14: Another part of the interview with Mamie uploaded to French Listening podcast.
April 13: Added first mp3 of basic phrases to Italian I Tutorial. Grazie Corrado!
April 10: Added 8 more mp3s to Spanish I Tutorial.
April 6: New Informal French video!
March 27: Thanks to Marina, we now have some mp3s for the Russian tutorial! I'm also working on reformatting the tables so that the vocabulary lines up better.
March 13: Finally finished transcribing the last 3 French Listening Resources mp3s (and created individual pages for each one) and uploaded a new informal French video to Youtube. Don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel!
February 26: Now available for purchase! French Language Tutorial as an e-book or paperback book. All of the original French tutorials (1-7) + French phonetics and IPA transcriptions for pronunciation, either in PDF format or as a coil-bound paperback. Please visit the Store for more details and to order online.
February 16: Updated some Italian vocabulary on the Romance Languages Vocabulary page, in the sections on Common Phrases, Question Words, Weather, Time, Prepositions and Adverbs. Thank you Corrado!
February 15: Just a reminder that you can find me on several networking sites as well: Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, FriendFeed, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Vimeo and my French Listening podcast is available through iTunes.
February 12: I'm going to try to continue updating the French Listening Resources mp3s every weekend. Ma Journée (Daily Routine) was just added today, as well as the text file and online transcript.
February 7: Uploaded photo album of Chambéry, France.
January 30: Created individual pages for French Listening Resources so that you can listen to the mp3 and read along with the transcript online.
January 29: You can also subscribe to the French Listening mp3s as a podcast through iTunes. Click here to open iTunes and subscribe.
January 23: I'm still working on adding more IPA transcriptions to the French II & III Tutorials. Also added seven more mp3s - but only three transcripts so far - to French Listening Resources.
January 11: Added flashcards and exercises for the first 3 sections in French II Tutorial.
January 9: Converted most of the pronunciation guidelines on the French II Tutorial to standard IPA symbols.
December 31: Uploaded French Listening Resources page where you can download mp3s and transcripts of natural French speech on a variety of topics. I plan to add many more mp3s as well as listening exercises in the future.
October 29: Added Flashcards and Exercises for Spanish I Tutorial.
October 27: Updated the French I Tutorial with audio flashcards for the rest of the vocabulary sections and finished the IPA transcriptions.
October 22: Updated application instructions on Assistants in France guide.
September 20: Uploaded the Useful Words Audio Flashcards for French I.
September 12: Uploaded lessons 04, 05 and 06 (and their mp3s) of Foreign Service Institute Italian FAST Course.
September 9: Uploaded audio flashcards & exercises for FSI Italian FAST Lesson 01.
September 8: Uploaded audio flashcards & exercises for FSI Italian FAST Preliminary lesson.
August 14: Uploaded lesson 03 (and mp3) of Foreign Service Institute Italian FAST Course. Also updated info on Grenoble page on how to get from Geneva and Lyon airports to Annecy, Chambéry and/or Grenoble and uploaded Washington, D.C. photo album.
July 4: Uploaded lesson 02 (and mp3) of Foreign Service Institute Italian FAST Course.
June 30: Uploaded lesson 01 (and mp3) of Foreign Service Institute Italian FAST Course. Also added style sheet for handheld devices so viewing the website will be easier on cellphones.
June 28: Uploaded the preliminary lesson (and mp3) of Foreign Service Institute Italian FAST Course, as well as the table of contents and preface/introduction.
June 26: New template design for site. Also re-did the exercises and am working on more. If you see a dead link or strange character in the text (some pages were not encoded correctly with UTF-8), please let me know.
June 23: Uploaded 4 photo albums from my latest travels in Italy, France and Turkey to the Photos page.
June 19: Updated Assistants in France Guide with new info about changes to long-stay visa and residence permit procedures.
May 8: Uploaded Unit 4 of FSI German Basic Course and its mp3s. I'm working on proofreading and correcting some spelling mistakes in the FSI pages, especially the missing accented characters.
April 4: Re-uploaded the French zip files of mp3s for French I-V, and added new zip files for French VI & VII.
March 29: Created some audio flashcard sets for learning the départements of France and their numbers and regions.
February 17: Uploaded the interactive exercises for the Italian I Tutorial, made with Hot Potatoes.
February 5: I've been deleting the dead links on the Language Links page and adding new ones. I'm still working on creating more interactive exercises for the language tutorials.
January 11: Added navigation buttons to the top that lead to major sections of the site. Also uploaded some papers I wrote for my Linguistics courses.
January 2: Updated information about subjunctive mood, and added more vocabulary to the end of Italian 5.
December 23: Updated some French vocabulary in French VII. Still working on fixing some accented characters that disappeared when I changed to UTF-8 encoding.
December 19: Updated CSS, so there may be some spacing issues until I get the code fixed (especially in Internet Explorer) Printing should be easier now; I've removed the graphic and sidebar so just the text will print.
November 14: Updated Guide for English Language Assistants with application instructions and links for 2009-10 school year.
September 16: Uploaded unit 3 of the FSI German Basic Course.
August 30: Added Unit 2 of FSI German Basic Course.
August 18: Added more IPA symbols to French
I, uploaded new French Driver's License & Driving in France page,
added more resources to the Realia page. Also
uploaded Foreign Service Institute
but it is not yet linked within
August 8: Added more IPA symbols to French I.
August 2: New layout again! Hopefully the collapsible menu will make navigating the site easier. Divided Romance Languages page into two: Romance Vocabulary and Romance Verbs, added Contribute page, and regrouped sections. Also deleted the previous navigation pages as they are no longer necessary.
July 26: Updated French & German Comparative Tutorial III.
July 11: Uploaded Provence photos.
June 16: Uploaded 38 English mp3s to ESL Lesson Plans page.
June 14: Uploaded Swedish III (but it is not completely finished yet!)
June 13: Updated French Slang vocabulary and added more interactive exercises.
June 8: Transferred my blog to my domain! I'm new to Wordpress, so I'm still figuring things out.
June 1: Added Informal French & Slang exercises (made with Hot Potatoes).
May 29: Added another 5 activities to Lesson Plans page and updated Quebecois vocabulary on French VI.
May 6: Updated prepositions, verbs, conjunctions and word order on Swedish II. Currently working on Swedish III.
May 3: Divided Dutch and Swedish tutorials into smaller pages; added Index page for Swedish.
April 14: Uploaded zip files of mp3s for easier downloading.
April 7: Uploaded 14 new mp3s to French V Tutorial
April 6: Updated some French mp3s (# 23, 40, 43, 66 and 70)
March 30: Updated French & German Comparative Tutorial.