Learn any Language with the Best Online Tools

Your guide to learning any language using the best (and usually free) online and offline tools.
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Instructed by Joe Gabriel Language / Other
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  • Lectures 21
  • Contents Video: 1.5 hours
    Other: 8 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

 What is the course about?

This course is about finding the right method for you to boost your language study.  Every learner is different, and every learner needs something different to succeed.  This course will help you learn methods, and find resources that fit your learning style, and will help bring you closer to real fluency.   

How long will the course take to complete?

This course isn't like like a school class, with a beginning, middle and an end.  Treat this course like a buffet, picking and choosing ideas as you please, and implementing them into your language study. 

How is the course structured?

This course will be structured around the main areas of language acquisition.  Each area will include multiple ideas about how to boost that area of interest:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Other (grammar, vocabulary, translation etc.)

Why take this course?

Learning languages is fun, but it's also really challenging.  Studying from textbooks and from a teacher are NOT the only ways to learn, and there are a lot more fun, innovative, and more effective methods available outside of the classroom.

If you feel something missing in your language education, this course could be for you!

Through this course, you'll learn to take control of your language learning, have more fun, and feel great about learning a foreign language!

What are the requirements?

  • I make a lot of recommendations for software, websites, and mobile apps (most of which are free). None are required to complete the course, but they will enhance your ability to learn outside the classroom.
  • You don't need to know a foreign language as a prerequisite

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, you'll have the tools, resources, and methods you need to take your foreign language to the next level. And you don't even need a teacher to do it!
  • In this course, you'll come across some crazy cool ideas to boost your comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills in a foreign language.

What is the target audience?

  • You'll benefit most from this course if you think languages are fun, but feel that language classes are lame, and are looking for something better
  • This course is intended for anyone interested in learning languages outside of the classroom

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Read like a Monk
05:35

You'll learn 3 ways (all free and legal) to find free books online.

http://www.overdrive.com/

http://www.wikibooks.org/

http://www.logos.it

04:52

Learn to use these Firefox extensions to make online reading easier, faster and more enjoyable!

06:03

You'll learn about ReadLang, an awesome web app that will help you read longer digital texts

https://readlang.com/landing-page

06:52

You'll learn 2 ways to find subtitles for your favorite movies and TV shows, all in your target language!

http://www.opensubtitles.org/en

http://acesubtitles.com/

Learning with Texts
05:08
05:52

You'll learn how to maximize TED's transcripts to boost your reading ability

http://www.ted.com/

04:51
Learn to use Wikipedia's millions of multilanguage articles to boost your reading ability!
04:56
Learn to find free online games in your target language!
Section 2: Write like a Ninja
08:06

Get free feedback on your writing from native speakers!

http://lang-8.com/

Using online forums
04:23
Section 3: Speak like a Wizard
Perfect Pronunciation with Forvo
03:58
Language exchange partners with iTalki
06:58
Section 4: Listen like an Elephant
TED Talks
03:36
Audio Books
05:39
Section 5: Other
Vocabulary 1: Never forget with SRS
06:56
Vocabulary 2: Never forget with mnemonics
05:01
Vocabulary 3: Frequency Lists
06:48
Translation 1: Gamified Translation (Duolingo)
05:27
Section 6: Methods from the Masters
The Schliemann Method
5 pages
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Kató Lomb  (1909-2003) was a brilliant Hungarian linguist and translator.  She loved to read to acquire languages.  In her book 'How I learn Languages' she wrote, "I feel such a difference between a philologist/linguist and a linguaphile as, say, a choreographer and a ballerina." 

As she put it, she earned money in 16 languages, either through translation, interpretation, tour guide or in other capacities. 
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Instructor Biography

Joe Gabriel, Foreign Language Consultant

My name is Joe, I’m from California and I love languages!


Growing up in California, I spent a lot of time “learning” Spanish. Really, it was mostly spent trying to understand what in the world “subjunctive” really is. Is that even an English word? Why can’t something just be “perfect”? Who decided to make it “imperfect”? What the freak is a “preterite”?

From 2005-2007 I lived in Mongolia. Crazy right?! I learned Mongolian, which sounds like a fight breaking out between a drunken Russian and an angry German. While there, I had a lot of fun making friends and experiencing their unique culture. I spent a ton of time immersed in the language and it really paid off. While there, I also dabbled in Kazakh, Turkish, and Mongolian Sign Language, just for fun.

In 2008 I started learning Mandarin Chinese, which is way different from Mongolian and a great challenge that continues until today.

Also in 2008, I met the woman of my dreams, and got married two years later. Her native language is French. I need to impress her family, so I started learning French. I’ve never “studied” French a day in my life, but hearing her speak at home has given me an almost completely native environment to grow with. Oh, and she also has a ton of Italian relatives, so Italian is on the menu as well.

I’ve taught English for 5 years all across the world and I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter which language you’re learning, everyone needs help.

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