46 languages and counting

By greenteapanda

November 27, 2007

Category: Education

4 Comments »

I found a quite useful website today for learning languages here. The website itself is slow and most download links lead to an downloading program that does not work under Mac OS 10.5, but once the program is installed, things work well.

There are many different languages available. The program itself is basically just flashcards, but every flashcard has audio to go along with the words. Given the difficulty I have discerning certain sounds in Korean (there are three different ‘p’ sounds, for example), it is quite useful to be able to isolate words in this way.

Now I just need to find the time when I will be sitting in front of the computer long enough, without other things on my mind. I have a lot of planning to do in the near future…

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4 Responses to “46 languages and counting”

  1. This looks useful. Maybe it will motivate to get a laptop in \’08!

  2. Alot of the Korean spoken at Cooper is supposedly "gangster style" Korean loaded with profanity, because the younger students want to seem tough…I\’m told. I need to put in more effort into Japanese at some point (when the dust clears from this semester I hope). The Heisig books are still very helpful.

  3. How does the spoken Korean sound to you? Even when I watch gangster movies, the sound of Korean doesn\’t seem gangster-like the way some Yakuza films or HK Triad films do. Rather than sound tough, I often think it has a kind of nagging sound… particularly the way some women speak it.

  4. What the Korean professor calls "gangsta Korean" to me sounds a little like grunting, and terser/clipped than ordinary Korean to my untrained ear. It was mainly a comment that a Korean professor was making of the Korean students, who make up a large percentage of "ethnic" students at Cooper. Berklee College of Music over in Boston (where Yoko studied) has a large Korean and Japanese population relative to other universities in the States…Berklee students seem to have lots of international students besides Japan and Korea though…similar to MIT grad students. The Koreans at Cooper are from the Metro area, in general. The international aspect of Berklee, combined with the subject area of music, probably makes it one of the most fun places to be a student!—though anyone who is enjoying what they study is probably having a blast too.But back to the "gangsta style" Korean, it was in the context of speaking with my Korean professor was telling me that Cooper students have such dirty mouths the way they speak in the hallways!  Completely opposite to the English they speak. No one who does not speak Korean would even suspect. I guess when people are speaking a more familiar language, they tend to be more relaxed and curse more.

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