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.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Free Language Courses for May?

We've come to the end of another month so, as usual, the burning question is, "In May, what courses will be available for free on Parlo.com?" Enquiring minds want to know and so do we!  Please send us your requests either by leaving a comment here or emails to support (at) parlo (dot com).

An now a few things to point out to you for your amusement:

  • On the website, armedforcesjournal.com the post a Nonword of the Month.  The armed forces are famous for their jargon and in that regards they continue to not disappoint.  Here's thisn month's. 
  • "We will not be able to get into any issues that are predecisional."

    - — MARINE CORPS OFFICIAL SETTING GROUND RULES FOR BACKGROUND MEDIA BRIEFING

    Say What???!  Predecisional?? Oh-kay...

  • For those of you living in New York City or nearby, we'll have an opportunity to sample a terrific range of Latin American theater thanks to the coming Teatro Stage Fest that starts today and goes through May 13th.  Check out their site teatrostagefest.org (read it in English or Spanish)to see the cool productions playing in The Big Apple (New York City)

 

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Write Foreign Characters Easily

This is a nice tool to put in your bookmarks if you ever have a need to write foreign characters and don't want to remember keyboard shortcuts.  The site is http://www.typeit.org and all it does it give you a place to type what you need using foreign characters for 10 languages, includine French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Bookmarks take up so little space there's no reason not to save this site. 

*Remember*

Parlo.com still has more than a week left in which to use any and all of our English courses, along with the French For Food and Wine Lovers course. The cost?  Nada, rien, niente, bubkas, zilch! That's a whole lot-o-nothing.  So give it a try and see what the rest of the kids on the block are talking about.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Cook Like You Are In Paris, then go & Compare.

We heard about a really good cookbook recently.   It's The Ethnic Paris Cookbook.  It has a good range of ethnic dishes with easy to understand instructions and helpful illustrations of both the ingredients and the finished dishes.  Best of all for daydreaming, you get the names and addresses of the restaurants in Paris so you can dream about going there to tasted these dishes in their "natural habit".  Bon Appétit!

 

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Off Language topic Post - Audio Ecology

Well folks, I don't post "off topic" very often but if you stretch you definition of language studies to include the interpretation of sounds then; Gee whiz! We're back on topic! 

 

Listening to The Brian Lehrer Show on Public Radio, WNYC the other day I heard a wonderful show on the topic of New York's Audio Ecology.  (Listen Streaming) (Download MP3) The show was completely fascinating and fun, featuring (gotta lotta "F" words in a row there didn't I?) the creators of an audio map of New York city.  Plenty of sound clips were played and callers were asked to correctly guess what they were listening to.  Some were very difficult and some less so.  I encourage you to listen to the show so you can play along too.  Then you should go the the site http://nysoundmap.org to explore the sounds of the city.  Next post will be strictly on topic.  Thanks for getting this far.

 

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Free All English Courses! + 1 French Course

For all of April Parlo.com is giving away all of our English courses free of charge, gratis. (Es decir,  cursos de inglés, gratis por todo el mes de Abril!) We are also making the French For Food & Wine Lovers Course free this month.  We know that a month long taste will whet your appetite for a longer stay with our courses!(paid say our accountants - we hate whining but have to agree)

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

French For Food & Wine Lovers

Email: frenchfoodwine@parlo.com

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

Interactive English 1

Email: eng1@parlo.com

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

 

Interactive English 2

Email: eng2@parlo.com

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

Interactive English 3

Email: eng3@parlo.com

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

Interactive English 4

Email: eng4@parlo.com

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

Business English Basic

Email: bizbasic@parlo.com

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

Business English 2

Email: engbiz2@parlo.com

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

 

Business English 1

Email: engbiz1@parlo.com

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

 

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