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The Best Language Learning Program(s)
« on: September 09, 2010, 09:01:19 AM »
Hello all! 

I am wanting to seriously brush up on my Spanish, but also want to learn several other languages - I had a language program suggested to me at one point, but can't remember for the life of me what it is.  It's supposed to be better than the Rossetta Stone Language program.  If you have used a program to help you learn another language, could you please let me know what you've used and how it's worked for you?

Thanks!
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Re: The Best Language Learning Program(s)
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2010, 02:03:06 PM »
May I add classical Greek to this question?  I work during the day, so I am having a difficult time trying to find someone who teaches it in the evening.  I may be forced to find some software.

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Re: The Best Language Learning Program(s)
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2010, 02:05:30 PM »
May I add classical Greek to this question?  I work during the day, so I am having a difficult time trying to find someone who teaches it in the evening.  I may be forced to find some software.

Certainly! 
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Re: The Best Language Learning Program(s)
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2010, 11:15:12 AM »
Hello all! 

I am wanting to seriously brush up on my Spanish, but also want to learn several other languages - I had a language program suggested to me at one point, but can't remember for the life of me what it is.  It's supposed to be better than the Rossetta Stone Language program.  If you have used a program to help you learn another language, could you please let me know what you've used and how it's worked for you?

Thanks!

The serious answer to this question is that you cannot learn a living language to any decent degree without living in a community that speaks it and refusing to speak you own. Under those circumstances, grammars, pronunciation helps, etc. can make a huge difference in one's competence.

Baring that, watch dubbed and subtitled TV programs and movies (especially ones you already know well and enjoy) in the language you wish to learn.
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Re: The Best Language Learning Program(s)
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2010, 03:01:12 PM »
Hello all! 

I am wanting to seriously brush up on my Spanish, but also want to learn several other languages - I had a language program suggested to me at one point, but can't remember for the life of me what it is.  It's supposed to be better than the Rossetta Stone Language program.  If you have used a program to help you learn another language, could you please let me know what you've used and how it's worked for you?

Thanks!

The serious answer to this question is that you cannot learn a living language to any decent degree without living in a community that speaks it and refusing to speak you own. Under those circumstances, grammars, pronunciation helps, etc. can make a huge difference in one's competence.

Baring that, watch dubbed and subtitled TV programs and movies (especially ones you already know well and enjoy) in the language you wish to learn.

I will be learning the languages of my friends. . .they have sooo many!! :) 

Great idea!! I will do just that!! Thank you!
In His Mercy,
BethAnna

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Re: The Best Language Learning Program(s)
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2013, 08:34:26 PM »
Since graduating from DLIFLC I have used chinesepod. 
www.chinesepod.com
The are six lesson categories, newbie, elementary, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced, and media.  Chinesepod belongs to a family of of language podcast webpages (spanish, italian, french, and russian are offered by the same company I believe).  Personally I think it is a great tool.

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Re: The Best Language Learning Program(s)
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2015, 07:00:37 PM »
I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to give my two cents.  The Assimil programs are excellent.  They claim to bring you to a B2 level.  I think that is a little bit naïve.  However, if you complete the program according to their instructions (with both the passive and active waves), you would probably be a solid B1.  They typically cover all of the major points of grammar as well as a vocabulary of around 2,000 words.  They are set up with the format of fun (and often funny) dialogs.  I just wanted to throw that out there for anyone wanting to learn a new language.

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