Free thoughts on language learning

Discussions on learning Spanish, English and other language issues. Occasionally, we may stray from language learning topics if there is something that catches my interest.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

English as the U.S's official language...?

Hi all,

Here's a comic strip writer who might not appeal to all but this strip makes an excellent point on the topic of an official national language. 
 

 
This came from the website:  http://xkcd.com and we thank Randall Munroe for his willingness to let people use his work. (Condition:  if you don't try to profit from it - and we insist you refrain from sending us the contents of your bank account in gratitude for this post.)  

Please check out the site.  I just spent an hour there and had many laugh-out-loud moments.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Spanish Language Resource

Hola Gente - i.e. Hi People

(who remembers what i.e. stands for? You in the back, thanks for waking up)

Every now and then we bump into a language site that does great work and we like to share this with the world since learning a language takes a lifetime and many sources including Parlo.com Such a site is Spanish NewsBites.

As the name would imply they help with your Spanish language studies by providing news stories of varying difficulty in both audio and text. . The articles contain vocabulary and phrases that you can roll over to see English translations. Simple and effective! You can also download both the MP3 audio as well as a PDF of the text. (Note the PDF's translations are at the bottom of the article. While not as user friendly as the web version it's certainly better than nothing)

They post new articles every few days so it's worth checking in with them regularly. We've just started to poke around this site so feel free to let us know here in the comments section what else you find there. This is a terrific addition to the world of online language learning. Don't forget to tell them Parlo sent you. Ciao for now.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

English Vocabulary!?! Sort of...

First to the serious business: We are extending the free use our the English 1 and Spanish 2 courses through the end of this month - i.e. October. Enjoy, learn lots, buy the next course here at Parlo and keep us in business.

Now, on to a new Parlo Blog feature: Use It In a Sentence

This is a not-so-serious blog entry that I'd like some of you advanced English speakers to try yourself. Anyone can play. Just think of a word whose parts can also be a phrase or sentence with another meaning. Pick a word and use it in a sentence that makes reference to its real meaning. You can see what I mean by my examples. Here now, I humbly offer my first attempts at this game.
(You can see the real meaning of these words by clicking on the word itself to go to a definition of that word)

Bifurcate - "I am of two minds on what present to give to my friend. What should I bifurcate?"

Castigate - " The critical iron worker tended to castigate."

I am now asking for further contributions to post here. Let's see if we can get a good collection of these.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Learn Beginning Spanish Free / Aprenda Inglés Gratis - Aug - Sept 2008

Starting today and through September 30th we will make the following online language courses available for free.

Interactive Spanish 2

Interactive English 1

As always, these courses have our usual terrific mix of:

  • Audio files using native speakers in real life situations
  • Grammar instruction that makes sense
  • Vocabulary that you will find immediately useful
  • Cultural facts that help you understand the lives of people in other countries

Here's how to log on to these courses on www.parlo.com

To log in:

Interactive Spanish 2

Email: span2@parlo.com

Password: parlo (please don't change this - we'll change it back)

Interactive English 1

Email: eng1@parlo.com

Password: parlo (please don't change this - we will change it back)

In addition to buying our wonderful courses please check out our affiliate partner for more great ways to study language.

(It helps us offer courses for free)

For terrific video language learning please visit our partner

Yabla lomastv Spanish Language Videos (watch, listen, learn & more)

Yabla ESL English Language Videos (watch, listen, learn & more)

These videos have great features including:

  • Interactive
  • Online
  • Slow Play
  • Caption Hide
  • Instant click dictionary
  • Phrase repeat
  • Listening game

This language learning method is very reasonably price so please give them a try!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Learn Beginning Spanish Free / Aprenda Inglés Gratis

Starting today and through May 15th we will make the following online language courses available for free. 

Travel Spanish

Interactive English 1

As always, these courses have our usual terrific mix of:

  • Audio files using native speakers in real life situations
  • Grammar instruction that makes sense
  • Vocabulary that you will find immediately useful
  • Cultural facts that help you understand the lives of people in other countries

Here's how to log on to these courses on www.parlo.com

To log in:

Travel Spanish

Email: travspan@parlo.com

Password: parlo (please don't change this - we'll change it back)

Interactive English 1

Email: eng1@parlo.com

Password:  parlo  (please don't change this - we will change it back)

In addition to buying our wonderful courses please check out our affiliate partner for more great ways to study language.

(It helps us offer courses for free)

For terrific video language learning please visit our partner

Yabla lomastv Spanish Language Videos (watch, listen, learn & more) 

Yabla ESL English Language Videos (watch, listen, learn & more)

These videos have great features including:

  • Interactive
  • Online
  • Slow Play
  • Caption Hide
  • Instant click dictionary
  • Phrase repeat
  • Listening game

This language learning method is very reasonably price so please give them a try!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Free English Course / Free French Course

Hail & Well Met oh Parlo-mentarians!

For the month of March we offer to you our English 2 course and our French 1 course.

Interactive French 2

Interactive English 2

As always, these courses have our usual terrific mix of:

  • Audio files using native speakers in real life situations
  • Grammar instruction that makes sense
  • Vocabulary that you will find immediately useful
  • Cultural facts that help you understand the lives of people in other countries

Here's how to log on to these courses on www.parlo.com

To log in:

Interactive French 2

Email: fr2@parlo.com

Password: parlo (please don't change this - we'll change it back)

Interactive English 2

Email: eng2@parlo.com

Password: parlo (please don't change this - we will change it back)

We hope you enjoy it and encourage you to buy the next level. It's one of the best deals on the web!

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Learn English Vocabulary - Feed the World!

Those of you who wish to improve your English vocabulary, whether you are learning English as a second language or whether it's your native tongue, will probably enjoy this site I recently discovered. It's called FreeRice.com It's basically a never-ending multi-choice vocabulary game but boy is it addictive. The site is non-profit and donates rice to the UN World Food Program by selling advertising on the site. As you play the game it keeps a running tally of the number of grains of rice that you help buy through playing the game. My goal is to get past level 48 (out of 55 levels) Please visit the site improve your vocabulary and improve the world.

By the way, Parlo.com still offers some of the best language courses for studying English, French, Spanish and Italian.  Try our free sample lessons and buy a course today.  None of us are not getting any younger.  Carpe Diem cuz Tempus Fugit.

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