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This week in language learning, 5th to 12th Jan 2017

January 12, 2017


Happy New Year, language learners! I’m introducing a new feature, where I round up news and views about language learning from around the world. From Lifehacker: Rosetta Stone or Duolingo? This language learning showdown is truly a battle of two generations and two ideals. In one corner we have a company that has been around […]

App Review: the Bescherelle Conjugaison

February 17, 2012


Since the dawn of time, the school supply lists of French schoolchildren have included a book known as the Bescherelle. French verbs andtheir spellings are notoriously difficult, even for native speakers, and the Bescherelle is a kind of road map to help them (and their parents) navigate the pitfalls. It basically consists of list after […]

Five apps for learning and practising Spanish

January 11, 2012


1. Living Language Spanish Level: beginner to post-beginner Price: free to $19.99 This is a good place to start learning the basics of Spanish. You can try a couple of units of Living Language for free before deciding if it works for you, but it seems very well put together. Each unit walks you through […]

App review: Living Language (French)

October 14, 2011


There is a plethora of apps available for learning French. More or less randomly, I chose to have a look at Living Language. You get three “lessons” in the free package, which is just enough to get a taster and figure out if this app is the right choice for you. The full app, which […]

Thank you, Steve

October 7, 2011


Inspired by this post by Radio Lingua, I wanted to pause and thank Steve Jobs for all that he did for language learning. It’s thanks to him that we finally have a machine with a keyboard which easily toggles between languages, easily allows us to use accents and cedillas and squiggles above Ns. It’s thanks […]

App review: Spanish for dummies

October 6, 2011


If you’re just starting out on your Spanish journey, you could do a lot worse than investing 69p in the Spanish for Dummies iPhone app. There’s a “words/phrases” section, which are handily divided up into categories like work, travel, greetings and small talk, and which you can then test yourself on, using the “flashcards” page. There’s […]