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    Default Are you learning a new language?

    If you're learning one right now discuss it. Techniques, and tools you're using to get started with, etc? Are you enjoying it? And why did you want to learn that particular language?
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    French! I found a pretty good iTunes audiobook thing. I used it a little before a trip I took but then stopped. Just started again. I like it because there is a kind of Story thy you follow of a guy going to France and studying/meeting people. Plus the dialogues are acted and discuss by a native speaker and non native speaker. I think all the context really helps.

    I had to learn at little and once I did I really liked it, so now I just want to know it. Plus it's good for art historical terms.

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    I keep resolving to learn Spanish and I keep putting it off. One of these days I'll take the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pseudo View Post
    French! I found a pretty good iTunes audiobook thing. I used it a little before a trip I took but then stopped. Just started again. I like it because there is a kind of Story thy you follow of a guy going to France and studying/meeting people. Plus the dialogues are acted and discuss by a native speaker and non native speaker. I think all the context really helps.

    I had to learn at little and once I did I really liked it, so now I just want to know it. Plus it's good for art historical terms.
    I am learning French right now as well! I'm finding pronouncing the words is, as stereotypically is the case, difficult for me but I am enjoying it a lot. Right now I am just looking up youtube videos for free (Learning French with Vincent, he's got the most adorable voice ever), trying to watch french shows with english subtitles (Kaamelott is particularly funny, but I can only find 3 episodes so far with subtitles), and I'm reading a couple corny kids-esque books but I'm getting a lot done. (Learn French in 10 minutes a day, and a flip-book quiz.. I have no partner, so I just do both sides lol.)

    My love of my life @phobik showed me livemocha.com where you can play with their software for free in exchange of helping others with their reviews for tokens to spend learning. I'm loving it so far. The iTunes audio, which are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    I keep resolving to learn Spanish and I keep putting it off. One of these days I'll take the time.
    My friends are making fun of me for not trying Spanish since I live so close to Mexico.. But it's another language with a lot of pronunciation, masculine/feminine rules, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    If you're learning one right now discuss it. Techniques, and tools you're using to get started with, etc? Are you enjoying it? And why did you want to learn that particular language?
    I'm trying to get back into learning russian. I've been contemplating rosetta stone for years, but its kinda pricey, and now my "disposable income" is significantly reduced. However, I recently discovered language learning videos on, or linked with, youtube. For example russianpod101 [they have those for tons of languages, see http://www.youtube.com/user/russianp...e=results_main and scroll down], which apparently has a free lifetime access, though I wonder how they make money that way.

    I think rosetta stone would be a very strong learning method, and 350$ for levels 1-5 is significantly less than its usual price, but its still probably too much $$$ for me for the time being.

    I've always just thought russian is cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott N Denver View Post
    I'm trying to get back into learning russian. I've been contemplating rosetta stone for years, but its kinda pricey, and now my "disposable income" is significantly reduced. However, I recently discovered language learning videos on, or linked with, youtube. For example russianpod101 [they have those for tons of languages, see http://www.youtube.com/user/russianp...e=results_main and scroll down], which apparently has a free lifetime access, though I wonder how they make money that way.

    I think rosetta stone would be a very strong learning method, and 350$ for levels 1-5 is significantly less than its usual price, but its still probably too much $$$ for me for the time being.

    I've always just thought russian is cool.
    I think Rosetta stone's only benefit is hearing it out loud and being classroom like. Maybe you should try Livemocha.com first and give it a try? its free so it's not like it'll hurt to try it

    I bought some comparable-to-rosetta-stone-supposedly software while deployed, and while I like it okay I still enjoy livemocha so much more. Also, Learning French with Vincent has been amazing and free on youtube, so maybe you could find a well spoken Russian person to watch on youtube? (I have none disposable income, so Im all for frugal purchases that do comparably good results.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    I think Rosetta stone's only benefit is hearing it out loud and being classroom like. Maybe you should try Livemocha.com first and give it a try? its free so it's not like it'll hurt to try it

    I bought some comparable-to-rosetta-stone-supposedly software while deployed, and while I like it okay I still enjoy livemocha so much more. Also, Learning French with Vincent has been amazing and free on youtube, so maybe you could find a well spoken Russian person to watch on youtube? (I have none disposable income, so Im all for frugal purchases that do comparably good results.)
    can you talk some more about this livemocha thing and its details? russianpod101 has videos on youtube, and apparently their actual non-youtube website is free as well. the youtube video has smiley perky energetic people talking and being perky and energetic. they even list it as one of their "selling points"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott N Denver View Post
    can you talk some more about this livemocha thing and its details? russianpod101 has videos on youtube, and apparently their actual non-youtube website is free as well. the youtube video has smiley perky energetic people talking and being perky and energetic. they even list it as one of their "selling points"!
    Livemocha is very rosetta-stone like in its approach, picking a few words and emphasizing them in several different ways as well as making you record yourself and listen to yourself say the words, and 'talking' to digital people in dialogues. But I think it adds a bit more reading/writing elements.. Basically the thing is, you can buy the lessons for a modest price (but where's the fun in that?) or you can help others learn English by listening to the similar exercises that you have to go through and giving them responses to help them, either audio or written, which earns you coins to take lessons. Each lesson is 4 sections, and the sections cost.. just a tiny bit more than a review would earn you. You can spend a lot of coins getting a tutor to help you personally and guarantee a review for you, but I don't right now since I'm in the beginner lessons. anyways, for potentially free tutoring and free lessons it really can't be beat so far.

    I do like the software that I bought, don't get me wrong, but I think I'll probably just stick to this for a while since its more convenient... I can log into livemocha anywhere with internet vs dragging CDs with me.

    Having some study books in the car has also helped a lot.. every time I'm stuck waiting at the DMV, or at a doctor's office, I have something productive to do.
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    I need to brush up on my German because I emailed girls on POF who responded to the messages which I sent in the German I do know...I did it while drunque (which is an advanced stage of being drunk, it's the French word for drunk), and I didn't expect any responses...and now, well, I'm thinking about how to keep the conversation going. I know the basic stuff, some of the intermediate stuff, but I think it's a waste of money to get all levels if I know the basic levels.

    I also wouldn't mind learning Norwegian or Swedish (I think Rosetta-Stone has software for either one or both.)

    But what I really want Rosetta-Stone to release is software for Klingon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott N Denver View Post
    I'm trying to get back into learning russian. I've been contemplating rosetta stone for years, but its kinda pricey, and now my "disposable income" is significantly reduced. However, I recently discovered language learning videos on, or linked with, youtube. For example russianpod101 [they have those for tons of languages, see http://www.youtube.com/user/russianp...e=results_main and scroll down], which apparently has a free lifetime access, though I wonder how they make money that way.

    I think rosetta stone would be a very strong learning method, and 350$ for levels 1-5 is significantly less than its usual price, but its still probably too much $$$ for me for the time being.

    I've always just thought russian is cool.
    I speak decent Russian, and I think Rosetta Stone is pretty much worthless for anything other than vocabulary building. My top pick is Michel Thomas Method for grammar and Pimsleur after that for vocabulary.
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