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There was a time when I was writing a lot of posts about Russian textbooks, because I went through several. I knew that Penguin was easily the best for me, but I couldn’t really explain why. Well two days ago I read an article by a Russian teacher about how to tell time in Russian. It was well written, and covered basic time telling. But I didn’t really like it for some reason. It reminded me of the Princeton course. Then I started to think of the differences between Penguin and Princeton, and suddenly the difference became clear to me, as well as the reason I prefer Penguin.
Princeton lessons presented a topic, gave you a very brief glance at grammar, and gave the student the opportunity to memorize the specific grammar for that specific topic. The next topic would give a little more grammar, and the same opportunity would present itself. Some patterns repeated, and I would get the feeling of having covered that grammar before, but the link was really weak. So after many lessons,...
This is a good book for beginning language learners. It argues against many of the common excuses people will have with learning their first foreign language and describes many free or cheap resources which beginners likely won't know about but are common tools of the trade for more experienced learners.
What differentiates Benny's method from most others is his recommendation to start speaking right away...even from day one, and he gives some pretty convincing arguments for it.
I also want to give him credit for mentioning other polyglots with different methods than his and resources which may be in competition with his such as the forum at http://how-to-learn-any-language.com
I didn't learn much from his book other than a few tips from the section on body language, but it helped to motivate me to speak earlier in my studies which will be beneficial so I feel like it was worth my time and money to read.
Big thanks to my tutor patineuse for the Russian transcripts and member pat tou for the interlinear texts!!!
As you may know, I advocate listening from the beginning. Personally, I like to watch TV or movies that have subtitles or transcripts. I like to use LingQ to help me read, so having a transcript is sometimes preferred over subtitles. And I prefer the subtitles or script to be in L2, in case there is any doubt.
So I've watched many Russian movies and TV shows. I ended up watching a couple hundred of the series Воронины, mainly because of the availability. But it was based on an American show, and the language contained lot's of idioms that I didn't get, and I was told by almost all my partners that it isn't a good example of Russian. And there are no transcripts or subtitles.
Since then, I have found several much...
Hi, I am Marine.
I came here because I was looking for the subtitles of Кухня (so thank you very much !).
Some of you seems to learn French so I decided to participate in my way.
My favorite French serie is Kaamelott (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaamelott). It is very famous in France.
You can see every episode here : http://kaamelott.co/livre-1/ (you can download video with addon as downloadhelper).
!! If the site is blocked in your country (it is for the USA), just send me a private message and I give you a link !!
The subtitles are in .srt but if you only want the text, you can open it with Word. If you want the video with subtitles, you need to download the video and open it with VLC.
For now, it is just the first three episodes but if someone is interest, I will write the others.
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