What Great Supplements to RS Have You Found?
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February 8, 2015
For French, I really like French in Action. You get 52 videos of 30 minutes each where you can see how the French live and work and you get a hard-bound text book, two study guides, two workbooks, and a very high quality audio program with each workbook to work on pronunciation and aural comprehension. All of those materials can be used offline without an Internet connection and are of very good quality and accuracy. If anybody has seen something similar to that for another language, I would love to know about it but for French, you can't go wrong with French in Action. Rocket Languages is good because of this forum and the mix of written, audio, and testing materials but they tend to make a lot of written errors that make me distrust the quality of lessons and audio materials and cause me to need the forum to verify the details. Google translate is not that bad. It gets better with feedback and works if you speak the words or write them well enough to understand the idea behind the other language until you get to a level where you can just use a native dictionary. Good luck finding something better. I think it will be #1 for a while. If it's no good in Spanish, it's probably because nobody is contributing corrections. Try to add your own corrections and encourage others to do so also. It's the best platform I have seen for collaborative improvement in so many languages. If you like programs like Pimsleur and Rocket Languages where there is a little dialog for each lesson, try Onlingo. Don't wait for each installment, just call them and ask for a discount on the entire set and buy it all at once. It will be much cheaper. Each episode comes with a computer trainer, audio, and a booklet with transcript. Also very good quality. Another option is Assimil. Your library may already have it on the shelf. With all the programs, even here at Rocket Languages, you can download the MP3 files and play them offline. See my post on how to download individual phrases from each lesson and how to upload them to memrise also if you want to work offline.
February 9, 2015
I do remember seeing French in Action and yes, it is very well done.
Just as you suggest with Google translate, I would encourage you to send in any corrections to Rocket Spanish. I don't know what level you are on, but I have been through the Platinum course many times all the while sending in corrections. I don't think you'll find many errors there and RS has been really good about tweeking the translations to get exactly the right meaning.
April 20, 2015
If traveling, search for podcasts. I've found many very good Italian ones that are free to download.
April 21, 2015
I like to watch Gordon and Cynthia's videos at LightSpeed Spanish.
I have a flashcard set on Quizlet to which I have added every verb that I have encountered in the RS lessons. It currently contains over 250 verbs. Often while driving I will start the program running so that I can listen to either the Spanish or English translation and speak the opposite. It runs automatically so I don't have to look at or fiddle with my iPhone, so I don't think it is any more distracting than listening to music.
I haven't used Yabla, but I have watched the promo video a few times. The features (ability to slow down the video, flashback, etc.) look helpful. And if the presenter, "Karola" is as animated in the actual videos as she is in the intro, they should be very entertaining as well.
April 23, 2015
April 23, 2015
And while you are on You Tube, check out the Butterfly Spanish videos. The presenter uses the English, Okay? a bit much, but she is entertaining nonetheless.
Oh, there is an interesting Ted Talk on how to learn any language in 6 months. I disagree with the basic premise, but he does offer some useful language learning strategies.
May 17, 2015