Introducing Langscript

I have recently created a simple browser-based synchronized audio-text reader for language learning purposes. I have checked out some other synchronized audio-text readers available on the web, but none of them seems to have sentence-level synchronization and at the same time support multiple translations. Out of frustration, I wrote my own. LangScript synchronizes the audio […]

The Importance of Understanding

Without understanding what the other person says, what you say does not matter. There is no conversation. Most people would agree on this point. But yet some people will still think that you should try to converse in a foreign language as early as possible. What they fail to realize, I believe, is that it […]

Text-To-Speech (TTS)

Last month, Steve posted on his blog an idea of exchanging recorded vocabulary lists. He then made a very nice sample recording of an English vocabulary list. The first time I listened to it, I told myself that I must get one for my own list. Here is the problem. I have over 1000 words/phrases […]

My New Cantonese Blog

I always find language learner’s materials artificial and boring. I always want to access real-life contents in the languages I am learning. There are of course a lot of real-life contents I can find today, especially on the Internet. However, most of them are either in written forms, or only available in audio or video […]

Business Languages

Business people can often communicate without knowing each other’s languages well. A few months ago, I had a chance to talk to a retired business man, who was a friend of my father-in-law. He grew up in Shanghai, China, and started a successful printing business in Hong Kong many years ago. He recently sold his […]

Portable MP3 Players

Language learners nowadays may not need a language textbook, but definitely they must have a portable MP3 player. This may sound obvious to many, but there are still people out there who don’t feel the need. You CD player or laptop are just not enough. You need an audio device that is highly portable and […]

Ineffective Listening

“You need at least 400 hours of ‘effective listening’.” This was an advice given to me by an advanced French learner in regard to improving my listening. After pondering the meaning of ‘effective listening’ for a while, I found it more fascinating to think about ‘ineffective listening’. I have been spending most of my time […]

Extreme Listening

Listening to podcasts is a good way to improve your listening. Do you have a tendency to settle into listening to the “easy stuff”, so that you could just listen once and understand most of it, or are you willing to go for the “extreme stuff”? I have been working on my French listening in […]

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