All posts by David Hagstrom

Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing

LEVELS OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: WHERE ARE YOU?

To make it easier for educational institutions and employers to evaluate the language qualifications of students and/or candidates for their admission and/or employment, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:  Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR or CEF) was developed by the Council of Europe.  This guideline is used to gauge levels of language ability, no … Continue reading LEVELS OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: WHERE ARE YOU?

Glossika - Listen Your Way to Fluency

Glossika – Listen Your Way to Fluency

Product:  Glossika Overall Ranking:  95/100 Price:  $39.99 – $119.99 Owners:  Glossika.com founded by Michael Campbell Website:  http://glossika.com INTRODUCTION Glossika is based on ideas first proposed by Dr. Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus at USC, back in 1981.  In particular, 1) “that the most reliable way to really acquire a new language is to listen to it” … Continue reading Glossika – Listen Your Way to Fluency

50-60% Off — Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

  Check out these three popular language programs on sale Black Friday — Cyber Monday Fluent in 3 Months.  Purchase a copy on sale here and, if you win the contest, we’ll refund your purchase price!     Rocket Languages (click for full review).  Available in 11 popular languages!  An outstanding value!     The Pimsleur … Continue reading 50-60% Off — Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

Rosetta Stone

ROSETTA STONE – Is it Really the Gold Standard?

Product:  Rosetta Stone Overall Ranking:  75/100 Price:  $179 list for level 1; $499 list for levels 1-5 Owners:  Rosetta Stone Ltd. Website:  RosettaStone.com INTRODUCTION Rosetta Stone seems to be the most popular and widespread language method available, and it’s available for 29 different languages.  Rosetta Stone describes itself as a natural immersion –based method, which … Continue reading ROSETTA STONE – Is it Really the Gold Standard?

Italki

ITALKI – MY NEW FAVORITE!

Product:  Italki Overall Ranking:  98/100 Price:       Free to join, some paid features Owners:  italki HK Limited (registered in Hong Kong) Website:  http://www.italki.com INTRODUCTION Italki is an online exchange which connects language learners with native speaking conversation partners and/or teachers in any of 124 languages.  The platform facilitates reading, writing, speaking, and listening in whatever language … Continue reading ITALKI – MY NEW FAVORITE!

Benny Lewis

CONVERSATION COUNTDOWN – FIRST STEPS TO FLUENCY

Product:  Conversation Countdown Overall Ranking:   95/100 Price:  $47 Owners: Benny Lewis, FI3M Website: http://fi3mplus.com INTRODUCTION I’ve spoken “restaurant Spanish” for some time. You know, order the food, ask for the check, etc., pretty safe and predictable. Well, yesterday I had my first conversation over Skype with a native Spanish speaker from Columbia. I should have … Continue reading CONVERSATION COUNTDOWN – FIRST STEPS TO FLUENCY

Screenshot of BYKI

FIVE TOOLS FOR LEARNING VOCABULARY IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE

We’d all like to know the best way to learn a foreign language, especially the best way to learn vocabulary.  With that in mind, here are some tools I have found helpful for learning vocabulary in another language.  Each is available free, although some also have premium (paid) editions.  BYKI, ANKI, and Memrise are all … Continue reading FIVE TOOLS FOR LEARNING VOCABULARY IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE

Learning Spanish Like Crazy

LEARNING LIKE CRAZY – WHY NOT?

Product:  Learning Spanish Like Crazy Overall Ranking:  80/100 Price:   $197 per Level for Levels 1 & 2 Owners:  Learning Like Crazy, Inc (Founded by Patrick Jackson) INTRODUCTION Learning Spanish Like Crazy is a popular program available on CDs.  Founder Patrick Jackson was a New York attorney who learned Spanish by another more formal method and … Continue reading LEARNING LIKE CRAZY – WHY NOT?