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Language Enthusiasts Keep Learning

There are many folks out there that love learning languages. One of the questions that I see come up a lot all over language learning sites, blogs and YouTube comments is in regards to maintaining languages that we have learned. If you’re a language enthusiast (or polyglot, linguist, however you’d prefer to put it), then you have run into this, I’m sure.

Maintaining Those Languages We’ve Learned

There are lots of ways to maintain languages that we have previously studied while we are studying another, some of which are speaking with people in the language a couple of times per week, reading in that language, listening to audio in the language, etc.

Read to Maintain

If you enjoy reading to help with your language maintenance as I do, then something cool you can try is the Bible app. Whether you’re religious or not, it’s great. It’s available in over 900 languages, which means you can switch back and forth between different versions to cross reference how things are communicated.

An App That Can Help

This app can be found right here at bible.com. I’m not advertising this app – and I’m not getting paid for this, even though I could use the cash – but I’ve been using this app for years to read the bible on my phone or tablet (or PC, even). I think it’s worth the mention and may help someone out. It’s available for many platforms, by the way – iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Windows PC, Blackberry, Palm, etc.

This app even has the Esperanto version of the Bible. How cool is that? Here are some screenshots of the app on my tablet in several different languages.

 

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If you’re reading this, chances are you are into language learning, or least interested enough to check it out a bit. If that’s the case, you have probably heard of the Glossika Courses, which can be found at glossika.com. I have used the following courses from Glossika and highly recommend them: Italian, Castilian Spanish, and Mexican Spanish.

I began studying Korean intensely on February 16, 2016 – a little over a month and a half ago. I have been using the textbook called “Korean from Zero” (which can actually be downloaded for free from koreanfromzero.com or purchased on Amazon). This book, so far, has been very instrumental to me for learning vocabulary, the syntax, and the grammatical structure of Korean.

In addition to this text book, I have been watching some videos from “Talk to Me in Korean” on YouTube. These are very informative, in that they often explain how and why something is said in Korean.

Glossika KoreanA couple of days ago, the news came out for the long awaited (at least for me, anyway) Glossika Korean Course. So, naturally, I picked myself up a copy (if that’s the term I can use for an online purchase) and downloaded it. The course consists of loads of MP3 audio and 3 PDF books.

I commenced the course the next day and have really enjoyed it so far. What I love about this course is that the sentences that are presented are in normal, regular speech and I have gotten lots of practice (yes in just a couple of days) reading, writing, listening and speaking Korean.

I’ve already tested out some of what I haved learned with my wife, who is from South Korea. Today she complemented me on my “suddenly-improved” pronunciation and ability to produce complete sentences. This was very encouraging!

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Writing with Glossika Korean

I can only say a few basic things in Korean, but it it’s going well. I haven’t used Glossika Korean long enough to write a thorough review about it, but I plan to in the future, naturally!

I hope this bit of information will help someone out there who is learning Korean, or any other language. You can let me know if there’s anything I can do for you to help you learn better. 🙂

Until the next post!

-Sam