Fun way to learn languages

 

Everyday ways of learning new languages


Football matches and children (or adult) cartoons can be watched for beginers. Sport events are good because one can't lose trail (but have different terminology).

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Diego Maradona scores a goal, or does he? This old legendary battles can be used to learn spanish..

easy: kids cartoons medium:trivial movies/series, football match, news report, hard:radio(no visual suggestions)

Let say you know a bit of franch and a lot of spanish.
you may chose french movie with spanish subtitles or spanish movie with franch subtitles (and force yourself to read subtitles)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palme_d%27Or
here can be found good movies in any language

nice sites for subtitles: www.divxsubtitles.net must be registered, www.subscene.com

To learn reading READ, to learn speaking SPEAK, to learn listening LISTEN, to learn writing WRITE

Word frequency lists WEB APPLICATION

This site is being develop to learn new words (common words in any language and any topic). Click to try!

most common words article: most-common-words.html (beta)

 

 

Most common word list should be done by using large text (5000 words or use two or more texts) of your field of interest. (text form wikipedia article, course book, your company field of service, etc) Student should start reading words where the frequecy of unknown words gets high enough that he won't be wasting time reading known words.

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And finally fun: most common language list :-) The last number is population in millions French was the "old" world languge, i found that is most common laguage as secondary language so if you know french.. Besides chinese also japan can be interesting to learn because of their tech advancment =)

The 50 Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World

 

Rank, Countries2 Population3
language (in millions)
 1. Chinese, Mandarin Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, S. Africa, Taiwan, Thailand 1120
 2. English Australia, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, S. Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tonga, U.K., U.S., Vanuatu, Zimbabwe, many Caribbean states, Zambia. 480
 3. Spanish Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Eq. Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Togo, Tunisia, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela. 332
 4. Arabic Egypt, Sudan, ALgeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Lybia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, UAE, Oman, Iraq, Lebanon 235
 5. Bengali Bangladesh, India, Singapore 189
 6. Hindi India, Nepal, Singapore, S. Africa, Uganda 182
 7. Russian Belarus, China, Estonia, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, U.S., Uzbekistan 180
 8. Portuguese Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, France, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe 170
 9. Japanese Japan, Singapore, Taiwan 125
 10. German Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland 98
11. Chinese, Wu China 77.2
12. Javanese Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore 75.5
13. Korean China, Japan, N. Korea, S. Korea, Singapore, Thailand 75
14. French Algeria, Andorra, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Laos, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Vanuatu, Vietnam 72
15. Turkish Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Turkey, Uzbekistan 69
16. Vietnamese China, Vietnam 67.7
17. Telugu India, Singapore 66.4
18. Chinese, Yue(Cantonese) Brunei, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam 66
19. Marathi India 64.8
20. Tamil India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, S. Africa, Sri Lanka 63.1
21. Italian Croatia, Eritrea, France, Italy, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland 59
22. Urdu Afghanistan, India, Mauritius, Pakistan, S. Africa, Thailand 58
23. Chinese, Min Nan Brunei, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand 49
24. Chinese, Jinyu China 45
25. Gujarati India, Kenya, Pakistan, Singapore, S. Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe 44
26. Polish Czech Rep., Germany, Israel, Poland, Romania, Slovakia 44
27. Ukrainian Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine 41
28. Persian Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Oman, Qatar, Tajikistan, U A Emirates 37.3
29. Chinese, Xiang China 36
30. Malayalam India, Singapore 34
31. Chinese, Hakka Brunei, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama, Singapore, Suriname, Taiwan, Thailand 34
32. Kannada India 33.7
33. Oriya India 31
34. Panjabi, Western India, Pakistan 30
35. Sunda Indonesia 27
35. Panjabi, Eastern India, Kenya, Singapore 26
36. Romanian Hungary, Israel, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Ukraine 26
37. Bhojpuri India, Mauritius, Nepal 25
38. Azerbaijani, South Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey 24.4
40. Maithili India, Nepal 24.3
41. Hausa Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo 24.2
43. Burmese Bangladesh, Myanmar 22
44. Serbo-Croatian4 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia 21
45. Chinese, Gan China 20.6
46. Awadhi India, Nepal 20.5
47. Thai Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia 20
48. Dutch Belgium, France, Netherlands, Suriname 20
49. Yoruba Benin, Nigeria 20
50. Sindhi Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Singapore 19.7
1. Many of the languages listed are technically dialects, not separate languages. They are listed separately because they differ from each other enough to be mutually unintelligible.
2. The countries listed under Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, and Serbo-Croatian do not include those in which less than 1% of the population speaks the language as a first language.
3. The population figures refer to first language speakers in all countries and are general estimates.
4. Serbo-Croatian is now known variously as Serbian, Croatian, or Bosnian, depending on the speaker's ethnic or political affiliation.

 

 







 

 
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