Adventures in Autonomous Language Learning
A network of participants in and friends of Richmond's Self-Directed Language Acquisition Program.
Attention students of SDLC 110, 111, 112, and 113: Sign Up for First Meeting
Please use the following Doodle Poll to sign up for a learning plan meeting. Meetings start Monday, September 11 and end on Friday, September 22. The poll may not open properly on mobile browsers.
New Electronic Catalog of Global Studio Language-Learning Materials
Over the last few weeks, our fantastic team of Global Studio Fellows have been creating an electronic catalog of language learning materials on reserve in INTC 226. There are interesting resources for Korean, Turkish, Hindi, Hebrew, and Portuguese See the ongoing collection, here. Use the tag list to focus your search.
Vocaroo for sharing audio files with language partners
Vocaroo is a great free tool to share audio recording files with your language partners. Check it out! https://vocaroo.com/
Open-Source Repository of Grammar Reference Textbooks
In internet searches, I came across an open-source repository of grammar reference books pertaining to a wide variety of different languages. Feel free to peruse the collection, here.
Lang-8 and HiNative Communities for Native Speaker Feedback
This is a great free resource to get free feedback from native speakers of your target language. On the site, you can receive commentary on submit writing samples, or address questions of grammar and usage to an active online community. You can access the site, here. **Note: Lang-8 stopped accepting new members, but you can still access similar networking resources for writing feedback on their new site, HiNative.
International News Resources
Check out this curated list on interesting foreign-language news resources!
World Atlas of Language Structures
Which languages are the hardest to learn?
Here's a chart! What is difficult about the language you're learning?
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.
Fall 2017 International Film Series
There are several exciting screenings in the University of Richmond Fall 2017 International Film Series. See the full schedule, here.
Articulatory Phonetics Memes
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