Russian [1 - see footnote]:
Much of the issue with the Russian alphabet is that there are distracting similarities to the English alphabet. The letter that looks like a C (с) is pronounced like an S. The 'P'… more »
Ah, a web project after my own heart. The Accent Archive is a project in which speakers of many backgrounds read the following paragraph:
Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five… more »
Here's an interesting little site, essentially the modern-day equivalent of seeking out pen pals in other countries, but with an eye to learning languages. There are a lot of people online, with varying levels of skill in varying languages. I'm learning… more »
I've always had an interest in spoken languages. We boarded foreign students to help make ends meet once upon a very long time ago, so I got exposed to quite a few people whose first language was not English. I thought it was the most fascinating thing… more »
I love languages. I love learning languages. So it will come as no surprise that I own quite a few language-learning books.
It's a very uneven field of quality and helpfulness out there. Sometimes you can weed them out by thumbing through them in the… more »