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PeteP
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United States
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Speaks: English*
Studies: Romanian

 
 Message 17 of 43
07 November 2013 at 11:40pm | IP Logged 
Like Tarvos said, DLI Romanian is VERY good. It is HUGE and goes fairly deep. It has
about 60+ hours of audio, but the quality of the audio (its sound, not its content) is
lower quality than most modern courses. They are copied from tapes made in the very
early sixties.

DLI Romanian also has less of a military focus then you would expect. LOTS of everyday
life material (along with stories of tank warfare in Korea, but much less of that then
you would expect).

It is a bit of a dry course and the attempts at humor sometimes involve Bing Crosby :-)
There are also sentences like "He dances like Fred Astaire" and many, many references
to smoking :-)

For a more modern and very thorough free course, google Limba care ne unește (The
language which unites us). It is a Romanian course produced by Moldova. The Romanian
is completely standard Romanian, the audio features speakers with standard Romanian
accents with only a slight hint of Moldovan accent.

At the "so you want to learn a language" site mentioned in the previous post, there is
a lot of good Peace Corps Moldova material in the Romanian section, sadly with not much
audio. The audio it does have features speakers with heavier Moldovan accents than
Limba care ne unește.
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Henkkles
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Finland
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544 posts - 1141 votes 
Speaks: Finnish*, English, Swedish
Studies: Russian

 
 Message 18 of 43
14 November 2013 at 8:54am | IP Logged 
I would add that second-hand-books'-shops often or at least sometimes have language learning resources; I found a Hungarian textbook that I paid 2€ for and looked at the price for a new copy which is 50€, and I also got a Hungarian reader with a Finnish glossary for 1€. That means I'm pretty well set to begin studying Hungarian and I managed to achieve that with three euros.
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catullus_roar
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Australia
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Speaks: Malay, Hokkien*, English*, Mandarin*, Cantonese*, French, German, Spanish
Studies: Italian, Latin, Armenian, Afrikaans, Russian

 
 Message 19 of 43
14 November 2013 at 1:15pm | IP Logged 
For Russian, you should try this website called lingualift.com. Much better than duolingo or other such websites, but it's paid (not an exorbitant price though). You can always take advantage of the free 14 day trial and download all their materials within the 14 days then study it slowly (teehee).

Try Amazon used books as well. I am not a fan of FSI as I find it too technical for someone who is starting from scratch (keep in mind the FSI books were designed for use in conjunction with intensive classes with an instructor and classmates).
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kujichagulia
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Japan
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Studies: Japanese, Portuguese

 
 Message 20 of 43
15 November 2013 at 2:03am | IP Logged 
luke wrote:
Listen Reading is an inexpensive and effective method.

I don't doubt the effectiveness of Listening-Reading, but I wonder why you say it is inexpensive. It seems that buying two copies of novels (L1 and L2), then buying the audiobook version in L2 would be somewhat expensive, especially if you are buying a lot of them.

I guess it depends upon one's "purchasing threshold", i.e. how much a person is willing to pay for learning a language.

Edited by kujichagulia on 15 November 2013 at 2:08am

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jeff_lindqvist
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 Message 21 of 43
15 November 2013 at 12:40pm | IP Logged 
The inexpensive options are sites like Gutenberg and Librivox, and we shall not forget libraries.
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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 22 of 43
15 November 2013 at 1:44pm | IP Logged 
PeteP wrote:
Like Tarvos said, DLI Romanian is VERY good. It is HUGE and goes fairly
deep. It has
about 60+ hours of audio, but the quality of the audio (its sound, not its content) is
lower quality than most modern courses. They are copied from tapes made in the very
early sixties.

DLI Romanian also has less of a military focus then you would expect. LOTS of everyday
life material (along with stories of tank warfare in Korea, but much less of that then
you would expect).

It is a bit of a dry course and the attempts at humor sometimes involve Bing Crosby :-)
There are also sentences like "He dances like Fred Astaire" and many, many references
to smoking :-)

For a more modern and very thorough free course, google Limba care ne unește (The
language which unites us). It is a Romanian course produced by Moldova. The Romanian
is completely standard Romanian, the audio features speakers with standard Romanian
accents with only a slight hint of Moldovan accent.

At the "so you want to learn a language" site mentioned in the previous post, there is
a lot of good Peace Corps Moldova material in the Romanian section, sadly with not much
audio. The audio it does have features speakers with heavier Moldovan accents than
Limba care ne unește.


Moldovan accents are all right, you just need to realise the weird palatalisation stuff
going on comes from Russian. I find them hilarious.
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montmorency
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United Kingdom
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Speaks: English*, German
Studies: Danish, Welsh

 
 Message 23 of 43
15 November 2013 at 7:05pm | IP Logged 
jeff_lindqvist wrote:
The inexpensive options are sites like Gutenberg and Librivox,
and we shall not forget libraries.


And second-hand books of course.
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Sprachprofi
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Germany
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2608 posts - 4866 votes 
Speaks: German*, English, French, Esperanto, Greek, Mandarin, Latin, Dutch, Italian
Studies: Spanish, Arabic (Written), Swahili, Indonesian, Japanese, Modern Hebrew, Portuguese

 
 Message 24 of 43
04 December 2013 at 11:28pm | IP Logged 
I wrote a series of ebooks on how to learn languages without spending money:

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72 Ways to Learn French for Free
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72 Ways to Learn Japanese for Free

They include some of the tips you found here, but also 40+ pages of other tips,
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You don't need a Kindle - you can also use Amazon's free software for iPhone, iPad,
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