Disclaimer: Oliver Antosch, owner of the Antosch & Lin company offered me a premium account on his website so I could check his program.
What is it?
Learn with Oliver is a website that offers flashcards for language students. The words are divided by levels and topics. But as I always say, the important thing is context; this is the biggest advantage of the site Learn with Oliver that offers not only words, but also phrases and texts with audio. In addition, you can write your own text on the site and be corrected, besides that you can add your own words and phrases.
Currently the site offers flashcards for the following languages: Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Thai. It also offers English for German , Korean, French, Portuguese and Russian speakers.
I tested the version to learn German and to start learning is quite simple, you just have to indicate the language you want to learn and a username, password, e-mail and your level. Continue reading
Harry – gefangen in der Zeit is the newest course of network Deutsche Welle. And, of course, I tried the course to tell you all about it.
The story and characters
Harry is a grumpy man who is visiting the Black Forest in Germany while on holiday with his girlfriend Julia. He is from the fictional country Traponia and does not speak German; consequently, Julia always serves as an interpreter for him. One day, he wakes up alone in his hotel room and goes alone to the Black Forest, where he is struck by a lightning. After that day, all his days are always the same. Harry is stuck in a time warp and he wakes up every day on April 31st, at 7 am in his hotel room.
Now, he needs to learn German and get out of this time warp. But what caused this time distortion? In whom can he trust? Where’s Julia? Continue reading
This is one of the reviews I was eager to do. Pimsleur is a very famous course, loved by some, hated by others. And, I finally tested it to see how Pimsleur works.
The linguist Paul Pimsleur (1927-1976), based on his research on language learning, developed a method of organic learning that brings together three factors, these factors are: verbal intelligence, auditory ability and motivation. The result was the Pimsleur method.
The course is audio-based. There are 30 units per level, each of which lasts about 30 minutes. In addition to the regular lessons, they offer a booklet, the only written material of the course (accompanied, of course, by audio). Each of these small lessons lasts between 2 and 5 minutes, they help to improve pronunciation. In total, there are more than 53 hours of audio.
This is my third review of a Deutsche Welle´s course. Here’s the review of the Mission Europe course and here of the course Radio D.
The Audiotrainer is the simplest course of Deutsche Welle, the course has two main objectives: to help improve pronunciation and to gain vocabulary. Continue reading
I believe that the Radio D course is the most basic and easier course between the various courses available in the Deutsche Welle website. Officially, the course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of German, that is, for students who are in the A1 and A2 levels. And, is focused more on basic listening.
In the course Radio D we follow the routine of Phillip, a young reporter who starts working at Radio D. He works with the reporters Paula and Ayhan. But these are not the only characters. In the course there are also others important characters: Compu, a talking computer that does researches; Eulalia, a curious and talkative owl; and, Josefine, the woman responsible for cleaning the office. In the second part of the course, Ayhan no longer participates and another character enters the scene, the new intern in the editorial room: Jan Becker.
One of the first courses I completed when I was studying French was the course “Mission Europe: Paris”. With German, it was no different. In just one day I finished “Mission Europe: Berlin“.
Mission Europe are courses developed with the support of the European Union to promote three languages: French, German and Polish. Currently, the courses can be found on the Deutsche Welle website.
The course is aimed at A1 level students, and has always as background a mystery story that works like a video game, where you earn points or lost lives. There are 26 lessons that last 5 minutes each.
Probably the most famous and controversial blogger on language learning is the Irish Benny Lewis (fluentin3months.com). The blog author has spent the last 11 years traveling the world and learning languages. Today, he speaks over ten languages with varying degrees of fluency. As millions of students around the world, Benny studied languages at school (Irish and German), but did not learn to speak them. When he was 21, he went to Spain to learn the language, but after 6 months he still could not communicate. After meeting a multilingual Brazilian, he changed his way of learning languages. Based on his experiences he wrote the book.
Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It