Adventures in Autonomous Language Learning
A network of participants in and friends of Richmond's Self-Directed Language Acquisition Program.
Sign Up for First Meeting
Please use SignUp Genius to sign up for a learning plan meeting. Meetings start Thursday, January 26, and end Tuesday, January 31.
Which languages are the hardest to learn?
Here's a chart! What is difficult about the language you're learning?
Join the uTalk Challenge!
Are you a novice language learner? You should join the uTalk Challenge for January 2017! Use the online form to sign up. You will receive 400 'coins' to buy uTalk lessons in your language. If you complete 10 topics during the month of January, you win the challenge. This is a good way to learn common words and phrases on a mobile device.
Try Mango Languages
Just starting a language? The University now provides Mango Languages, which offers beginning or 'survival' language lessons in many languages. To try Mango, go the the Boatwright Library web, click Research Databases > M, and look for Mango Languages. Once you have created an account through the Library site, you can download the Mango Languages app and use it on your mobile device.
Spring 2017 International Film Series
The theme of theUniversity of Richmond's International Film Series is "Migration Stories." These films are worth seeing by anyone interested in representations of the world. Of particular interest to the Self-Directed Program is the German film shown the weekend of January 27.
Preserving Regional German Dialects
This article from Deutsche Welle discusses what is lost when regional variants of a language are lost. It also discusses the difference between a language and a dialect and why 'dialects' are losing ground in Germany.
Radio Segment on North Koreans on South Korean TV
On Sunday, January 31, 2016, NPR had a radio feature on the appearance of North Koreans on South Korean reality TV. You can listen to the segment here: http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/01/31/464798910/south-koreas-newest-tv-stars-are-north-korean-defectors .
An Interview with Linguist K. David Harrison on When Languages Die
Slate article: Photos of Women Who Could Go to Prison for Singing for Men
A series of photographs and a very brief discussion of things women in Iran are forbidden to do, including singing for me and studying English literature.
The 'Halal Internet'
A Deutsche Welle article about the 'Halal Internet' coming to Iran has been posted as a discussion item in the Persian group. Join the discussion!
The Free Dictionaries Project
Looking for a free dictionary? Check out the Free Dictionaries Project! Especially interesting are the picture dictionaries.
Alphabet Blocks for Hebrew, Korean, and Arabic
The Global Studio now has alphabet blocks for Hebrew, Korean, and Arabic. (The Arabic may be useful for the Persian learners.) There are also magnetic letters for Hebrew.
What can you do with alphabet blocks and magnetic letters? Quiz yourself on the letters, put them together to form words, and learn the names of the animals pictured on one side of the blocks. The Korean blocks seem to have a puzzle, too. Want to try? Ask at the Global Studio desk!
Visit the Conflict Kitchen, a take-out restaurant that serves food from countries with which the US is in conflict.
A number of people have asked about finding children's books, 'easy readers', and popular fiction in the SDLAP languages. The Global Studio has children's books in Swahili and Turkish (thanks to Professor Grove), and I'm willing to buy more. However, I prefer to buy books that are culturally authentic, i.e., not translated from English.
I have found the following online bookstores that seem to have a good selection. Please send me (Prof. Scinicariello) a list of things you…Continue