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Some useful podcasts for ‘English Learning’

Posted by shashi on November 12, 2006

Podcasting is the great media for language learning and there are some good podcast out there which can help us to improve our English. There are some learners who don’t know much about podcasting and that’s why I have decided to introduce this to others.In simple terms, podcast is nothing but an audio file that you can download on your computer. Podcasters record their episode and publish it online on the net and you can download it by using some software.

If you want to download podcast then you need specific software. The most common and easy to use software is iTunes. First you have to download this software. For this just click on this link http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ and follow the instructions. Once you have installed iTunes then you can download various podcasts just by clicking on iTunes address provided below. When you click podcast address (as few of them provided below) iTunes podcast page will open. Then just click on Subscrite button and you will get download all episodes of that perticular podcast.

1. Steve’s podcast – Steve talks about language learning
2. My podcast – It’s my podcast where I talk to other linguist members about English learning
3. Bob and Rob show – podcast about English learning both in American and British accent
4. BBC Women’s hour – daily podcast about women’s issues. With British accent ..
5. BBC news – daily news with British accent
6. ESL podcast very nice podcast, covers all the aspects of English learning.
7. English Babylearn English with English lessions based on movies and music
If anybody knows about other useful podcast please share it here so that others can take advantage of it.

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Episode#14 – Hitomi: An enthusiatic Linguist member from Japan

Posted by shashi on September 11, 2006

Hitomi – An enthusiastic Linguist member from Japan

  • Hitomi is Japanese Linguist member lives in Japan with her three dogs. She had been in US for one year for her education and now she works in Japan. She has joined the Linguist four months back and she is enjoying her English study.
  • She is the first member of Linguist Vox Community and regularly writes about her English adventure as well as her dogs.
  • She usually spend at least one hour studying English and spend more time listening to audio contents from linguist library. Her work place is about thirty minutes away and she uses this time to listen to English contents.
  • In her job, she has to write letters to customers in English and sometime she uses linguist system to correct her writings.
  • We also talk about Steve’s podcast (which is going to start in a few days)
  • She is one of the members of THY group and she enjoys talking in this discussion group. She loves to talk about food

Your linguistic friend,
Shashi

Listen online: (episode length: 24:55 minutes)

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Episode#10 – Learning English

Posted by shashi on July 26, 2006

Learning English:

  • In this discussion I have been joined by another Linguist member Ken. He is Japanese and lives in Osaka, one of the largest cities in Japan. He has been learning English for more than one year and he is also active member of the Linguist. He is very good piano teacher and he is musician by profession.

  • In this episode we discuss about our English learning. How we started learning English, what was the reason behind learning English, various methods we have used to improve our English and some of our strategies about learning English.

  • It’s a huge time difference between UK and Japan, so we got problem adjusting convenient time for both of us.

  • As we both are learning English, you may find some mistakes in our discussion (perticulary by me) but that is part of learning process. The aim of our discussion is to improve our speaking skills and we are working on it. Hope you will enjoy this episode. We are waiting for your comments and your suggestions.

Your linguistic friends,

Shashi and Ken

Listen online: (episode length: 19:27 minutes)

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The Linguist Flickr Group

Posted by shashi on June 15, 2006

This is invitation to all Linguist members to join ‘The Linguist Group’ at Flickr.

Recently, I searched over the Flickr for Linguist photos but I didn’t find anything. That’s why I thought I should create a group there where linguist members can share their photos. By doing this, we can create our own photo group which is meant only for Linguist members. I already have collected and posted Linguist photos which I found on the net and from our linguist blogs. Everyone who is linguist member can join this group. I am looking foreword to all members who have photos related to language learning or any personal photos that they want to share with other members. If you find any difficulty please contact me.

The Linguist Flickr Group :  

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Shashi’s Reading Report

Posted by shashi on June 13, 2006

Reading report of this week: From 22nd May to 11th June

1. Contents studied from Linguist Library:

  • Dr. Laura helps a husband deals with an angry wife – 640 words
  • Family service – 2470 words
  • Chris and David discuss music part I – 754 words
  • Bruce Schneier:Beyond fear- 5767 words
  • A discussion about women's role in society Part I – 682 words
  • A discussion about women's role in society Part II – 512 words
  • UFOs and Alien visitors Part I – 575 words
  • UFOs and Alien visitors part II – 518

2. Non-linguist contents:

  • The comet magazine -1098words
  • BBC world news – 2134 words

This week's Total = 15,150 words

Grand Total = 3,35,906 words

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Anybody knows who are the other lingust members?

Posted by shashi on June 7, 2006

This is one of the pictures from Linguist event in Vancoever. How lucky these members are!! They got chance to dinner with our Lingluist Guru Steve and chat with him. I just can make out Steve and my favourite tutor Jill from this picture. Anybody knows who are the other members?

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Shashi’s reading report

Posted by shashi on May 24, 2006

Reading report of this week: From 15th May to 21th May

Shashi's audio report

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1. Contents studied from Linguist Library:

  • Turning an Interest into a Career – 2457 words
  • India Arrival – 421 words
  • India Red City – 679 words
  • India the third city – 668 words
  • Learning Vocabulary – 1137 words

2. Non-linguist contents:

  • The comet magazine -1123words
  • BBC world news – 2035 words

3. Books

       

This week's Total = 15,720 words

Grand Total = 3,20,806 words

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Shashi’s pronunciation report

Posted by shashi on May 24, 2006

Content studied : What's New At The Linguist

Linguist Digest: volume 1 Issue 23

  Shashi's Recording

  Mark's Recording
Transcript:

It’s been a slow month in the way of system updates so I thought I would take the time to talk a bit about the recent explosion of blogging, and to a lesser extent podcasting, on the internet. I’ll also talk a bit about the things that we’re doing to take advantage of these trends at The Linguist.

Many people don’t understand what a blog is. For many, the word conjures up images of some obscure technical thing. The reality is that a blog is simply a personal web page or journal that visitors can read and comment on. Combined with easy to use blogging software this makes it very easy for individuals to post their thoughts on their personal web page for everyone to view. If bloggers have interesting things to say, then others will be interested in reading them and they will visit the blog.

In a way, podcasts are nothing more than an audio version of blogs. They are distributed in the same way, as all podcasts are in the form of blog posts. Of course, the content of podcasts tends to be a little different and can very often take the format of a radio show but it is a convenient way for an individual to broadcast audio on the web.

At The Linguist, we have a few blogs and podcasts that we run and that we think are extremely useful to English learners… and all language learners for that matter. The first of these blogs, of course, is Steve’s Blog, The Linguist on Language. This is where you will find many of Steve’s tips on language learning and observations on all aspects of language learning from the importance of grammar to the examination of the teaching methods and approaches of others. We also run a podcast on this blog, which means that we periodically will be posting audio files on the blog containing conversations between Steve and other language learning experts and enthusiasts.

We have recently created a new Linguist Community Blog to which we have been posting some more fun features. In addition to news and updates about the system as they occur, we have been posting the corrected writing of our members, anonymously of course. These are posted under the category Members’ Chronicles and make for very interesting reading. You will also be able to subscribe to The Linguist on The Loose podcast here. This podcast includes conversations between Steve and Linguist members. Typically, these conversations will be both in English and then in the native language of the member (Assuming Steve speaks their language). Come and listen and read to what our members have to say. It’s well worth it!

I should mention that both blogs and podcasts can be subscribed to. This way you will automatically receive new posts and podcasts as they are posted. To do this you will have to use a blog aggregator program which is freely available on the web or for podcasts you can find dedicated podcast aggregators. For further information, click on the icons in the RSS Feeds area on both of the Linguist blogs.

Lastly, I want to direct you all to the links at the bottom of our front page. Here you will see links to individual podcasts with our learners and recent writing samples. You will see links to interesting podcasts with Steve in different languages. And you will see links to our Linguist blogs as well as links to blogs of current Linguist members who are blogging about their learning experiences on our site. Visiting these blogs will help you to quickly understand the world of blogging and podcasts and hopefully inspire you to investigate these phenomena further. Of course, any of you who have a blog or who will start blogging and would like us to add your blog to this list, please contact us. Enjoy!


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Shashi’s Reading Report

Posted by shashi on May 14, 2006

Reading report of this week: From 8th May to 14th May

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1. Contents studied from Linguist Library:

  • Dr. Laura speaks with a mom who has an angry son – 926words
  • Wal-Mart a History of Success – 488 words
  • The Linguist part 1: Introduction – 1825 words
  • The Linguist part 2: A start of Journey – 1823 words
  • Dr. Laura speaks with a betryed housband – 852 words
  • Personal#1 -378 words

2. Non-linguist contents:

  • The comet magazine -784words
  • BBC world news – 1495words

3. Books

           

This week's Total = 16,495 words

Grand Total = 3,05,086 words

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Shashi’s Pronunciation Report

Posted by shashi on May 14, 2006

Content studied : Your Language Adventure, part 6

Linguist Digest: volume 1 Issue 23

My recording

Steve's recording

Transcript:

The Linguist will link more and more example sentences using this term for you to review. These examples are not from a dictionary. These examples come from the content you are studying. As you study more content The Linguist automatically links more and more examples for you to study.

You can get on The Linguist system and see how these links create examples of words and phrases that are important to you. The Linguist system will ask you to regularly review these words and phrases and to use them in your writing and speaking. You will find that you will be able to remember new vocabulary better than ever. You will also become better at noticing new words and phrases in your listening and reading. This will help you to use them when you need to.

The Linguist is efficient. If your learning is efficient you will make rapid progress. Your success will encourage you to continue. You will feel more relaxed. When you are relaxed, you learn. When you learn, you want to put more time into your learning activities. You will find that you have the time to learn.

Soon you will see phrases and not just words. You will develop a sense for which words belong together. The Linguist system will train this ability in your brain. You will learn to speak correctly by learning phrases. You will not try to remember all the rules and exceptions of English every time you want to speak or write. This is an impossible task.

You will connect phrases to meaning and concepts. When you first learn an English word or phrase you rely on its translated meaning. But this will change. Gradually the relationship between the words and their meaning in English will become more important to you than their translated meaning. Your brain will be building the necessary network to think in English. Soon you will be operating comfortably and correctly in real English without translating into your native language. That is the wonderful thing about The Linguist's linking system, it will make you independent of your native language.

Your listening and speaking activities will also improve your pronunciation. As you are training yourself to notice words and phrases, you will also start to concentrate more on the pronunciation of individual words and phrases. You may start saying them out loud to yourself. You will find that you are taking more initiative in improving your English. If you wish to put special effort on pronunciation you can work on repeating vowel sounds, consonant sounds and full sentence pronunciation at the Pronounce section of The Linguist. Your tutor will give you feedback to help you. If you are especially interested in pronunciation you can seek the help of our Pronunciation Doctor.

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