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Saturday, April 18, 2015

LingQs New Language Proficiency Test


This week at LingQ they have launched a proficiency test, which you can take for fun to try to measure your level of proficiency in one of these languages you are studying ... English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Russian.

I took the test for Russian and I found the test to be closer to my actual level of proficiency than the number of "known words" on my profile at LingQ. But when I took the test for Spanish, I tested at far below what I actually know because I got two words wrong in a row. So, it is definitely more for a basic idea.

Here is the link to their proficiency test...

http://www.lingq.com/language-proficiency-test/

Below is a referral link...
 

I Am Learning Russian online with LingQ.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Create Your Own Name in Cyrillic T-Shirt at Zazzle

You can create your own cyrillic text custom T-shirt at Zazzle.com. I've got these two templates set up with navy and black text, though you can change the font size and color if you pick out another T-shirt. You can even choose white font against some of the dark tee shirt options.


Russian Pronunciation 3, Russian Pronunciation Rules



A short and sweet video demonstration the non-accented pronunciation of the letter О in Russian. This video introduces how to read and pronounce the Cyrillic alphabet. Take a look at the pronunciation rule and try to imitate the teacher.

Introduction to Perfect Spanish Pronunciation



Short sweet video introducing the IPA sounds for the vowels and consonants in Spanish that are new for English speakers. They point out there is more information in accompanying videos.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Russian Verbs that Belong to the First Conjugation



Russian Grammar Lesson 19: First Conjugation Verbs

Read more about the first present tense conjugation of verbs in Russian at the presenter Viktoria's blog post Video: First Conjugation Verbs in Russian. She gives some verbs at the bottom to practice.

You can find Russian verb conjugation charts all over the place online. But it's actually not that hard to memorize the endings in present tense (and other tenses for that matter). For instance, if a verb ends in -ать like бегать you remove the -ть and add -ю, -ешь, -ет, -ем, -ете, and -ют.

бегать conjugation
я бегаю
ты бегаешь
он бегает
она бегает
оно бегает
мы бегаем
вы бегаете
они бегают

I think this video is helpful because it also describes what to do when a verb ends in a consonant such as the conjugation of жить.

As you'll discover, there are thousands of verbs that end in -ать. But there are about 60 that will drop the -ать and you'd have to watch for the consonant ending. A book like Essential Russian Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar) by Brian Kemple spends a lot of time helping us sort out the other endings that are more unique or irregular.

Cinderella Merch at the Disney Zazzle Store

Looking for merchandise from the new Disney Cinderella movie? Check out their store at Zazzle for a host of different customizable gifts. This is just one of the many designs features on an iPhone 6 case.

Russian Song with Lyrics - До чего дошел прогресс


До чего дошел прогресс (Приключения Электроника) (фильм)

A Russian song from a vintage film with lyrics in the description on YouTube. Found the link to the video via a Russian song of the week post on  Facebook.

Monday, April 13, 2015

How does ultrapolyglot Alexander Argüelles learn languages (Shadowing)?



In this interview with famous American ultra-polyglot, Professor Alexander Argüelles, explains how he learns languages and gives and gives an explanation of shadowing in language learning.

The description of this polyglot's language shadowing method is pretty basic start to the technique.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Thai Bites Live Webinar - Fluency Through Spaced Repetition



Thai Bites talks with Glossika founder Mike Campbell about a joint project for language learning. The basic idea of Glossika is fluency through spaced repetition. Find more information on their books and audio program at Glossika.com. You can find  Glossika eBooks on Amazon.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Introduction to Russian Pronunciation, circa 1960



Film explains pronunciation techniques used in Russian language classroom. Features Professor Pierre C. Oustinoff in the classroom. One of the reels is cut and cannot be viewed. Digitized from the original 16mm black and white reel in 2013. From the University Archives Audiovisual Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary. UA07. Acc 1982.066.

I found the model of the speech organs that show where to place your tongue and lips very helpful.

Starting at about 19 minutes in, they talk about requiring students of Russian in this vintage class to practice pronunciation by taping themselves. Figuring out how to play a sample online then record ourselves and saving MP3 files to playback and analyze could be helpful to the solo online learner.

Another way of testing to see if you can be understood ... talk to the Google Translator site using Chrome or your smartphone app.

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