Linguivocal

podcast and blog about my English learning

My Linguist content recordings: 1

Posted by shashi on April 6, 2006

Content studied: The Linguist, about learning English    

                            Linguist Digest: volume 1 Issue 12

                        

    My recording  

   Steve's recording

Download MP3 files: The linguist about learning English

Transcript:

English is well established as the most useful world language. The largest demand for second language instruction in the world is for English. Whether we like it or not, English dominates in business, science, travel and popular culture, not to mention the Internet. English is a rather clumsy language, combining the influences of Old English, Latin, Norman French and natural evolution. As a result, English has all kinds of inconsistencies of grammar and spelling to frustrate the learner. Yet English dominates, whereas artificial international languages like Esperanto have never had any following.
 
Two thousand years ago, or even five hundred years ago, it would have seemed ridiculous to suppose that the language spoken on a small damp North Atlantic island would one day be the world's most widely used language. Certainly Chinese, Latin, Greek, Arabic, or even Mongolian would, at various times in history, have seemed more likely candidates. Who knows what languages will be spoken in another five hundred years? As Spencer Wells explains in The Journey of Man, A Genetic Odyssey (Princeton University Press) "[Although] Sogdian was once the lingua franca of the Silk Road – in much the same way that English is the language of commerce today, by the twentieth century all dialects were extinct but one. "
 
If you are not a native speaker of English, then I encourage you to read this book in English. This may be the first book that you read in English, but you can do it. Perhaps most of the English content you have read up until now has consisted of short texts or articles. Perhaps the thought of reading a whole book in English is intimidating to you. It should not be.
 
This book, which contains over 4,000 of the most common English words, is presented in a mixed media format that is at the core of a language learning system we call The Linguist. By reading this book in conjunction with our system, you can be sure that these 4,000 words will become part of your active vocabulary.
 
This book is printed on paper, the most comfortable and intimate format. Books are portable and convenient. But I have also recorded the contents on a CD so that you can hear the language and allow it to stimulate those neural networks in your brain which respond to the spoken language. Finally, the book is available in electronic format so you can look up words using dictionary software and take advantage of the many functions you will find at our web site, http://www.thelinguist.com.

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8 Responses to “My Linguist content recordings: 1”

  1. Tony said

    Hi Shashi

    I am amazed that you also started recording your pronunciation like what I did before. I stopped doing this for a while since I am recently busy my school work and my review plan.

    But now, your effort stimulates and encourages me to do it again. 🙂
    You are certainly one of the most enthusiastic learners. I admire your spirit for learning English. 😉

    By the way, you also create my account for gatcast but still don’t know how to operate it. I want to upload my voice recording into my 200 MB space in the gatcast, can I? How do you upload your recording into it?

    Anyway, it is very hard to find a free space which I can upload my recording files!!

  2. shashi said

    Hi Tony!!
    It’s basically yours idea to record our own voice and practice on pronunciation and I really liked it. But it’s difficult to do audio blogging. I am still under trial. Firstly, wordpress doesn’t allow flash player so I couldn’t add flash player. Also there are not good sites that can host our mp3 files. Gabcast is good one but it doesn’t host files so we have to import URL address.
    By and large, I am still in trial and looking for good solution. If you have any suggestion please let me know.
    (BTW how do you add flash player in your blog? Do you have any plug-ins for that?)

  3. Tony said

    Hi Shashi

    It’s easy to add a flash player in a blog.

    Paste the following HTML into your blog and paste your recording URL into this HTML.

    For example, your recording URL is http://media.odeo.com/files/x/3/9/draft_76477_out.mp3.

    It would be like this:

    I always do it like this. My problem is that my own internet space only has 40 MB and I cannot find a free space to keep recording my voice. Do you find any space which you can upload your recording files? If I could have a big free space, I would easily to upload my recording and could upload more contents for Tony’s contents library.

  4. Tony said

    Sorry, the HTMl that I wrote to you disppears. I don’t know why. Let me send it to you via email.

  5. shashi said

    Thanks Tony,
    but the html code doesn't appear clearly even in mail. Is there any site that generate html code for flash player? from where did you get that code?
    I don't upload my recordings. Insted I record it directly on http://www.odeo.com which has inbuilt audio recorder and it can also generate url address for your file. so you don't need to host your file to other sites.
    http://www.ourmedia.org is site where you can upload your recordings and it can publish also. Its good site without limitations on uploading and downloading as other hosting sites usually deletes the files after some period of inactivation. one payable site is there http://www.streamload.com but don't know how it will work for you.

  6. Tony said

    Yes, I find some sites which guide me how to edit in HTML. However, these sites are in Chinese. But I am sure that it is not hard to find some websites in English or even in your native language which teach people how to use some basic HTML language.

    Besides, I just test the HTML that I sent to you in my blog. It works and I re-edit it a little bit. I am going to send this example to you via email. You can use this example to create your pronunciation recording program in the future.

  7. me said

    Esperanto Rulez!

    http://www.2-2.se

  8. Truman Streckfus Persons

    Replace mp3-*-name.mp3 with the names of your songs (using Terminal, you can just drag and drop the file/names to Terminal and it’ll add the name/path). The “>” is the output pipe, and the “joined-songs.mp3” would be the resulting name. You can ch…

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