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[personal profile] martyna
...and not just a beginner, but a not so serious beginner. I'm still a lot occupied with Japanese and my dive into Spanish continues, but I wanted to play a little bit with Arabic (MSA), too.
I got myself http://www.livredepoche.com/livre-de-poche-000000000147175-christine-canamas-coffret-methode-90-arabe-pratique-de-base-livre-2-k7.html , but our HiFi seems to have some problems and after a good start stopped to play the cassettes when I rewinded them a bit to relisten to the first lesson. D'oh! (Doing it without the audio? I can't imagine it!)
Basically, if you have any nice beginner material, I'd be happy if you let me know about, especially if it's free on the internets, since this is no "serious" learning.
I'll have a look at the links provided at omniglot.com ( http://www.omniglot.com/writing/arabic.htm ), but do feel a bit lost.
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Can anyone suggest a decent, free podcast of lessons from German, French, Spanish or Japanese? I want to learn a new language (or two) and refresh myself in languages I learned in high school/university. And I'm flying across country in a couple of weeks and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get started.
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[personal profile] martyna
I don't have twitter and I never planned to have it... but recently there are many people who seem to say they use twitter for language exposure.
If you use twitter, do you use it for language learning? How do you do it? Would it be worth to get an account just for this reason? Is it possible to follow tweets in your dreamwidth reading list (and without being subscribed to twitter)? Who are you following?

Tell me all about it, also if you're not liking twitter and why.
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As part of Three Weeks for Dreamwidth, I just made a post about some easily available Arabic-learning resources, including a couple online. I thought maybe other people might be interested! It's here.

...اهلا و سهلا! تفضل
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I was going to do this for individual languages, but since it looks like we have a wide variety here, I'm just going to suggest that everyone who would like to find a conversation partner consider leaving a comment here, and then if you see someone who wants to chat in the same language you do, reply and either leave your info or make arrangements to trade Skype names/Gchat/whatever.

With all the technology floating around, there are plenty of different ways to chat: via the various text chat services, audio with Skype (and I'm sure there are others), or video chat through Google, Skype, etc. Here's a suggested form, and remember to include languages you want to learn as well as those you speak relatively fluently and thus can help others with.

Languages you can chat in:
Chat services you have:
Medium you prefer (text, audio, video):
Do you like corrections when you make errors, or would you rather just chat?
Do you need advanced notice for any of the media listed (i.e., let's plan a video chat in advance so I'm not in my PJs)?
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This post is the home for all the language learning tools and resources recommended in posts on [community profile] language_learning. If you want to add something that is not listed here, the best thing to do is mention it in a post or in comments to an active post; that way community members will be alerted as to a new resource they should check out and it will be added here for posterity.

Resources )
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First, I'm wondering if anyone has tips generally or for a specific language for finding relatively inexpensive reading materials.

Second, more specifically, I'm looking for a particular book. I would love to get my hands on an unabridged French copy of Les Misérables for practice. I read French at an advanced level and though I picked up some random novels last time I was in France, most of them turned out to be translations from English (I didn't realize because the authors weren't famous and didn't have obvious English/American names). I adore Les Mis and would like to have a copy for my collection, but when I checked Amazon all the copies appeared to be abbreviated learners editions. I checked Amazon.fr and everything was "extraits" or some other abridged version (you can tell from the pages, the full novel should be about 1900 pages total en français). Does anyone know where I might be able to get a copy, preferably for less than $30 or so?
[personal profile] martyna
I don't know what about all of you, but personally fiction -and especially fanfiction- has helped me to learn English. It was more complicated for French, since I had a slight aversion for it due to one of my French teachers. But, being European, books in those languages are fairly easy to come by, thus guaranteeing a facility to find reading material.
Now, I'm focusing on Japanese currently and while there's a BookOff (happy me!) I have a hard time finding authors and books to enjoy. I've asked around for recommendations, but there's not much turning up. Also, it might simply be easier to read on the computer (while I prefer books) due to the wonderful look-up tools. Fanfiction having helped me in previous cases, I started to look around for some. The meagre results are not worth mentioning... so, my questions are two:

Have you used fandom for language acquisition and if, how so?
Do you know any Japanese site with fanfiction? (I've basically been mostly involved in the Harry Potter stuff, but there are others as well. Any place I could start from would be good.)

Other related comments are welcome, too!
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[personal profile] viklikesfic
Welcome to [community profile] language_learning!

This is a general post where we can introduce ourselves and meet those who speak or are studying the languages we want to learn. As the community grows, I will add language-specific posts geared towards matching people up with conversation partners, but let's start here and find out who on DW is learning a language!

Suggested format (feel free to modify at will):

Name you prefer:
Location:
Home country:
Languages you speak/sign/read/understand:
Languages you have studied or are studying:
Current language learning goals:
Favorite language learning tool or resource:
Would you like others who are learning or speak your target languages to add/contact you?:
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