Cheap Pimsleur – 7 Ways to Save Money on the Pimsleur Language Learning Method

Pimsleur, the language method designed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur and now published by Simon and Schuster, is one of the most sought-after language tools for the independent language learner. It is also known for being quite expensive. If you paid retail price for 3 levels of Pimsleur Comprehensive, it would cost over $1000. But with a few little tricks, you can reduce that cost to you by a significant amount, and still get one of the best language methods.

Shop Around. Pimsleur prices can vary wildly. If you are willing to spend the time, you can probably find a more competitive price. There is no shortage of merchants selling Pimsleur language learning products on the internet.

Buy Used. There are lots of opportunities to buy stuff used. Don’t worry that if you are buying used that you are somehow not getting a product that’s as good as a new one. As long as it works – that’s all you really need.

Libraries. Public librari

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Kaingang – Simple Sentences

Kaingang, an Amerindian language of the Ge family, is spoken in four Southern states of Brazil: São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

The basic word orders in Kaingang are (1) SUBJECT (or Agent) + (2) OBJECT (or Patient) + (3) VERB for transitive constructions, and (1) SUBJECT+ (2) VERB for intransitive constructions. Consider the examples bellow (the symbol ¨ represents a nasal):

(1) Subj + O + Vt
rãrir vÿ rãgró tóg tï
Sun-Subj Marker bean dry Asp-HAB
‘The sun dries the bean.’

(2) Subj + Vi
kÿnkÿr vÿ të
parrot-Subj Marker fly-Vi
‘The parrot flies’

Kaingang is a subject-initial language which shows the following constituent order: Postposition follows Noun (N-Postp), Noun precedes Adjective (N-Adj), and Genitive precedes Noun (Gen-N).

This means that Kaingang is a slightly inconsistent SOV type (Greenberg’s type 24) which displays, like

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Learning Languages for Hopelessly Busy People

When you were younger life was devoted to school and its associated student responsibilities. There weren’t many constraints to deal with, such as a job, children, home keeping, and other grown-up obligations. As an adult you still have goals and interests, and speaking a foreign language might be one of them. It takes around 1000 hours of study to be considered fluent in most languages so, with all the time required, how can one realistically speak a new language when your schedule is already full?

A productive way to learn a language and strengthen skills when time is limited is to make use of idle moments, down time, travel time, and waiting time. While traveling or commuting to work, use those minutes for listening to podcasts or music in the language you’re studying. If you’re at an advanced level, listen to an audio book in that language. Even if you’re passively listening to music in another language, you are learning new vocabu

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Learning a Language in School This Year?

It’s that time of year when so many of us are getting ready to go back to school. If you are going to be studying a language this year, either as a new subject or as part of a continuing series, there are many things you can do outside the classroom that can seriously improve your grades.

You can take responsibility for your own learning and take charge of the direction your language study is going in. Start doing a little extra work outside the classroom, but be sure it is something different from what you do in class. Look for complementary resources to learn from and new ways to use what you are learning.

Get a language course. It can be a little tricky to get one that meshes well with the course you are taking in class, but if you can get the right kind of course for yourself, you can really complement your classroom learning and get ahead in class.

Join a language community. There are dozens of language communities on the internet that c

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Grammar Teaching: Implicit or Explicit?

Based on my 15 years of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teaching experience, the statement “grammar teaching should be implicit, not explicit” could be argued both for and against. Whether to teach grammar as an extracted focus of ELT (English Language Teaching) or more passively as an inductive, integral topic has been the theme of countless debates on the part of institutions, professors, grammarians and language researchers for decades. Grammar is the branch of linguistics dealing with the form and structure of words or morphology, and their interrelation in sentences, called syntax. The study of grammar reveals how language works, an important aspect in both English acquisition and learning.

In the early 20th century grammarians like the German-American anthropologist Franz Boas and the Danish linguist Otto Jespersen began to describe languages and Boas’ work formed the basis of various types of American descriptive grammar study. Jespersen’s w

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