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Bolivian languages (36)
You will find on these pages information about a system that was very successfully propagated in Germany a few years ago, but disappeared as a result of a take-over. We will now gradually reconstruct the information and refine its presentation. Eventually the information will be compiled in a book about the subject.
We start with a series of tips, which will be helpful to learners even if they do not yet have access to the complete, comprehensive and extremely balanced, system.
Klaus Bung: The spelling of English names
Somebody asked how to handle English names which he hears on audio-recordings. He knows some by ear but cannot spell them and he has not heard some ever before. Without knowing the spelling he cannot look them up in a dictionary, even if a dictionary existed. What to do?
Klaus Bung: The meaning of "may"
The word "may" can have many meanings. One of them indicates that something is possible but you are not sure, the possibility-may: "I do not know what happened to my cat. She may be dead by now." Another meaning of "may" has to do with "permission": "May I go to the theatre tonight?", the permission-may. This essay explores the possibility-may. Just for fun, watch this: my + a, may + n, many
Klaus Bung: Using punctuation to avoid ambiguities
Some half-educated native speakers of English have argued that punctation (e.g. use of commas) does not matter, or that there are no reliable rules for English punctuation. Neither of these assertions is true. Punctuation does matter, there are reliable rules of correct and incorrect punctuation, but these can be overridden in specific cases (so specific that they cannot be covered by purely formal rules), when commas are used specifically to avoid ambiguities or to control intonation (spoken presentation). This essay investigates one such case in detail..
A visitor to England was so astonished by the frequent use of "Please" and "Thank you" that he enquired why an English general has to say "Please" when he requests his soldiers to attack. In this essay we explore the use of these words in English and in other cultures. You will also learn why it is sometimes a good idea to hold hands with the policeman who arrests you (but not if you are a woman), where to kiss your girlfriend in peace and quiet when it is forbidden by the religious police (or the inquisition) and why 350 words of Arabic can be immensely useful.
This is an article about women who can't be stopped talking, like the Shrew in Shakespeare's play "The Taming of a Shrew", about men who are sure of victory, about Chaucer's "Wife of Bath" who had all her five (consecutive) husbands under her thumb, of armies who scent victory and cannot be stopped by their thoughtful generals from attacking, of horses who are scared and bolt, of run-away trains and run-away toboggans, of mobs which are out of control, of daughters who get married against their fathers' wishes. What do they all have in common - the self-confident women, the horses who run away in fear, and the armies which fearlessly charge to victory, the trains and toboggans which cannot be stopped? They all have the bit between their teeth. This essay explains how such an absurdity is possible, at least in English.
"tonight" is a strange expression in English because it usually means "in the evening" and not "during the night". "What's in store" usually means "what is going to happen" and not "What goods are in stock in a certain shop". This essay explores, with the help of many examples, how these expressions are used and discusses many other English idioms besides.
Klaus Bung: If you are pleased, I am satisfied
An essay about expressions of praise and disapproval in various contexts and about the wide variety of meanings of the word "satisfied", with examples taken from English literature.
Klaus Bung: "You make my mouth water, darling". What does this English idiom mean and how is it used in English literature.
Klaus Bung: German is easy: Lesson 1 to Lesson 4
The very first lesson of a new course for absolute beginners. 52 lessons are planned. We will upload each new lesson when it is ready. Visit this site regular to see what is new.
Klaus Bung: Language Learning with Programmes. An algorithm which controls the assimilation of spoken language exercises.
Klaus Bung: TRAM: How to learn understand English (or any other language) spoken fast. Version: Alpha Test 03. 2011-01-06 - Comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.
Klaus Bung: Frequently asked questions on the IDYLL METHOD®
Klaus Bung: Cartesian Language Learning
Klaus Bung: Essays on English idioms
This series started on 2010-08-25. Further essays will be added at regular intervals. Check the page every ten days to see if there is anything new.
Klaus Bung: "Help for intermediate and advanced language learners: How to eradicate your mistakes systematically" (SENTAL)
Dr Prabhu Shastry: "Learn to chat in Sanskrit" (with many useful links to resources, Sanskrit chatrooms, news broadcasts and newspapers in Sanskrit, and offer of conversational Sanskrit courses in the UK)
Klaus Bung: "What use is Latin?"
English summary of a German newspaper article on the state of Latin learning in Germany's secondary schools. Link to the original article. Discussion of a study to determine whether German students did better in learning Spanish after having learnt Latin or after having learnt French. Klaus Bung explains how he personally benefitted from knowing Latin when learning several other foreign languages. Information about present-day teaching and use of Latin and of Sanskrit as a conversational language. Link to a Latin chatroom.
Klaus Bung: "A stroll amidst the languages of Europe" (The philosophy underlying a series of language courses now being developed by rtc-Books: "At ease in Europe", or: "Passport to Europe")
"Skeletons in the cupboard:
European languages reveal their family secrets"
Find out what names have been invented in English, Welsh, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Austrian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Latin, Greek, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit - for common victuals such as apples, tomatoes, oranges, peaches, turkeys, maize and common words for books, emperors, Czars, kings and charlies etc. -- Sheer entertainment with linguistic curiosities, or a great help for people learning foreign languages.
News and links: 2010-06-08 - If a citizen of Pakistan, India or Bangladesh marries a British citizen, she/he has to pass an English language test before her/his spouse visa to the UK is issued.
Klaus Bung: "The foreign language needs of waiters and hotel staff 1" ("The long waiter study"). (First published in 1973 by The Council of Europe")
Klaus Bung: "The foreign language needs of waiters and hotel staff 2" ("The short waiter study"). (First published in 1973 by The Council of Europe")
News and links: Guinea pigs wanted: Can squeals be made human?
Seminar prospectus: More efficient language learning. Languages for business.
27 Questions and answers.
Klaus Bung: "The specification of objectives in a language learning system for adults" (First published in 1973 by The Council of Europe").
Klaus Bung: "The input-output relation in language behaviour" (First published in 1973 by The Council of Europe")
News and links: Chinesisch an einer deutschen Grundschule (Chinese lessons at German primary school). Article in German. 2010-04-20
Klaus Bung: "Inside the shell. Programming and the language laboratory". First published in 1965.
Klaus Bung: Dynamische Lernalgorithmen (Dynamic Learning Algorithms) (Deutscher text, German text)
German is child's play (List of German and English words closely resembling each other)
When to revise (revision dates)
Some Press reports on Dynamic Language Learning
Klaus Bung: How to learn numerals (in any language) (to be posted on 30 July 2011)
Nation Brands Index
Which is the best loved country in the world, which is the least loved country in the world.
The death of the last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands highlights the fact that half of the world's 7,000 languages are in danger of disappearing. Linguist K David Harrison argues that we still have much to learn from vanishing languages. ...
Johnny (last speaker of HIS native American language) has tried to teach his children and others in the tribe. "Trouble is," he sighs, "they say they want to learn it, but when it comes time to do the work, nobody comes around."
It will take at least a year to cover all the topics listed.
If you are particularly interested in one of the topics listed below, e-mail The Language Doctor to tell him so, and we will then move this topic up on our list of priorities. Those topics most in demand will be tackled first.
Online degree programs and courses for educators in California, USA
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French course in Nice
Specialized in the teaching of French as a foreign language (FLE), our school is amongst the most reputed on the Côte d'Azur. More than 2500 students, representing almost 40 nationalities, choose to come here each year to learn French.
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Illinois Teacher offers several services to educators in Illinois with a primary focus on online continuing education courses and degree programs.
India Hotels - Budget and Luxury hotels in India - Compare & Book Online
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Italian Learning CDs
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Learn foreign languages abroad. We organise your studies and your travel.
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Nepal - Shri Maikot Secondary School, Takukot Village, Gorkha District, Nepal
We live in the mountains - We reach for the stars
If you were born in Takukot and live anywhere else in the world, write to us. We are a secondary school in a beautiful village in Nepal. Our students want people from all over the world to write to them. Our letter page is waiting for you.
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Get help with the accreditation and certification process in New Jersey and start teaching.
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360 Education Solutions is a leader in online education / distance learning.
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Pennsylvania Teaching is a great career resource for educators in Pennsylvania looking to continue their education.
Spanish in Spain
Spanish language school in Alicante, Enforex, Spain. Courses for adults and for students. City of the Spanish Levant, Alicante has a magnificent location on the shores of the Costa Blanca, dazzling with light. The school has different courses and many accommodation and leisure opportunities.
Spanish Learning CDs
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Virginia Teaching: State of Virginia teaching certification
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