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Pimsleur Review: Awesome Course With Ripoff Price

I`m quite familar with Pimsleur audio courses, and feel well-qualified to share my opinion on them. In a nutshell: they`re mostly great but they cost an arm and a leg . Almost literally. Well, not really. But they cost a lot. If you buy the CD version, it costs about $350 per level. A typical course for major languages has 3 levels (some have 4 or 5), so you can easily spend over $1000. These days they have downloadable mp3s which can save you over half the purchase price, but it`s still a lot. Continue reading

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Anki SRS and How It Can Help You Learn a Language

What is Anki?

Anki means “memorization” or “learning by heart” in Japanese. Once you understand that word, then you have a hint about what Anki is:  it is a study application that helps you remember things, using digital flashcards. You can use Anki to study for your geography Continue reading

Do Google Translate`s New Space Age Features Render Language Learning Useless?

I`m an EFL instructor at the university level in Japan, which involves marking a lot of essays. A surprising percentage of the essays submitted by first year students are near-total gibberish. I write “Google Translate?” on the essays and hand them back with no score. The students are always stunned. How did he know I used Google Translate?

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