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by emk
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: the Diaries of a Caffeinated Squirrel
Replies: 184
Views: 5961

Re: the Diaries of a Caffeinated Squirrel

With that, I would like to close a discussion that could easily turn very political. I wouldn't want my log to be the first locked log on the forum :-D Should there be any other place to discuss such stuff, it would be very interesting and I'd be glad to talk with you about that. I suppose we'd nee...
by emk
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: Rust subtitle utilities project
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Finding data for language models

In order to OCR subtitles, I'll need to know what each language is supposed to look like! This means I need to find a huge amount of text in each language. Ideally, that text should be casual, conversational text. The OPUS project is an open source corpus for machine translation research, and they p...
by emk
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Your Language Learning Strategy...In 50 Words or so
Replies: 29
Views: 1098

Re: Your Language Learning Strategy...In 50 Words or so

In exactly 50 words, counting hyphenated words as a single word: Do something daily. Assimil works. Learn the sounds. Listen to full-speed native media. Cheat to understand. Develop ear-worms; use context to make them "click." Easy Anki cards with context work. Write 50 words regularly; ge...
by emk
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: substudy: A tool for making bilingual subtitles (MacOS X or Linux, command-line)
Replies: 87
Views: 4891

substudy 0.4.1 is out!

I've released a new version of substudy! Substudy can: ⋅ Help you convert movies or TV shows into Anki decks! ⋅ Extract all the dialog from a movie and turn it into an MP3 playlist. ⋅ Convert a movie into a web page that allows you to quickly browse through all the dial...
by emk
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice
Replies: 14
Views: 402

Re: Seeking advice

First of all, I've been looking into extensive reading recently, and while I'm keen on it for German, I've got some concerns which primarily reside in my compulsion to look up every uncertain word in the dictionary, even if I could deduce its meaning from context. As it stands now, I already read i...
by emk
Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Tips for Learning a new Alphabet/Script?
Replies: 14
Views: 329

Re: Tips for Learning a new Alphabet/Script?

- Learn the stroke order and practice it (this mainly applies if you want to have a good handwriting and it could also help to differenciate between similar letters). This is specially useful for japanese, korean and chinese scripts. I don't know about other languages. Yeah, I mentioned this above ...
by emk
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Tips for Learning a new Alphabet/Script?
Replies: 14
Views: 329

Re: Tips for Learning a new Alphabet/Script?

I'm currently in the process of learning a new alphabet for the first time, and thought it could be a useful thread to see what advice those who already have could provide. So, to those of you who have had success learning a new alphabet/writing system/script: What worked for you? What didn't work?...
by emk
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: French resources
Replies: 2
Views: 1081

Re: French resources

Great list!

I also have a somewhat older list of French media resources that might contain a useful link or two. Feel free to steal anything you wish. :-)
by emk
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Time to stop studying languages?
Replies: 17
Views: 806

Re: Time to stop studying languages?

http://www.boredpanda.com/real-time-translator-ear-waverly-labs/ Hah, no. I believe they're trying to raise money for crowd-funding. There's no guarantee that their product even exists , and if it does exist, there's no guarantee that it works acceptably. A product like this has three parts: ⋅...
by emk
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Buying French Novels
Replies: 22
Views: 633

Re: Buying French Novels

Sadly, Schoenhof's Bookstore is closing. Harvard Crimson article on Schoenhofs . :( I'm very sad to hear this, and I hope I can visit before they close for good. One word of caution: Shoenhof's in-person service in Cambridge is amazing. Their online operation runs out of a different location, and s...

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