Vote for a language education start-up to get a $100,000 grant

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By Tyler Ulrich (guest blogger) Language education is competing against other industries for $100,000 The Loogla language and literacy project may be awarded $100,000 in a grant competition. Watch the video and spread the word! voteliteracy.com No logins, age or national restictions to vote. Please support language education through voting and sharing this video. About… Read more »

Learn Portuguese and Brazilian history with samba, “Apesar de você”

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Luciana Lage and I are back with a new lesson in learning Portuguese with Brazilian music. This time we’re examining the serious subject of the Brazilian dictatorship through the song, Apesar de você, by Chico Buarque. Luciana has prepared a blog post, “Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs – Apesar de Você” with the lyrics of… Read more »

Free and inexpensive resources to learn Arabic

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Free online resources to learn the Arabic alphabet, phrases and other BBC Arabic: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/arabic/guide/videos/learning_arabic.shtml Arabic alphabet: http://arabicreadingcourse.com/ List of Arabic learning resources: http://arabic.desert-sky.net/links.html Explanations of songs, dialects and other resources for students of Arabic,  The Arabic Student, http://www.thearabicstudent.com/ Arabic music with English translation and transliteration: http://www.arabicmusictranslation.com/ http://www.shira.net/music/lyrics/fromarabic.htm Resources to learn Arabic for free 
Videos: Sesame… Read more »

Video: Simple tips for learning languages

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So you’re not from a bilingual family and you live in a monolingual area where there’s no one who speaks the language you’re learning, you can still learn a new language. Aaron Myers and I had a recorded Skype conversation about how “everyday” people can speak a new language when they don’t have the advantages… Read more »

Ai, Se Eu Te Pego! Learn a catchy Brazilian song, learn Brazilian Portuguese

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Do you want to know what the Brazilian Portuguese words “nossa”, “balada”, “pegar”, and “galera” mean? Do you want to distinguish the words “mas” and “mais” and not confuse them? You can learn those lessons in the latest music video that Luciana Lage of Street Smart Brazil and I made using the super popular Brazilian pop… Read more »

How to learn Turkish

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Here is the second part of my conversation with Aaron Myers of Everyday Language Learner, an expat from the United States who has been living in Istanbul for over four years. We met in November 2011 near in Istanbul, where he told me about some difficulties and advantages of learning Turkish as an English speaker…. Read more »

Making language learning free and available to all

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Aaron Myers and I met in Istanbul, Turkey in November 2011. Aaron Meyers has created his project, I-586, to bring free language learning materials to people in languages other than English since so many language learning materials online are only available in English. Here’s the portion of our Skype call about how he wants to… Read more »

Learn Portuguese, not portunhol/ portuñol, by listening to Brazilian music

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The problem facing anyone going from Spanish to Portuguese is to mistake similar words or sentence structures to be the same. They are not. I am speaking from experience. I also have to catch myself from using Spanish in my Portuguese. Luciana Lage from Street Smart Brazil and I are making a series of videos… Read more »