Viele Grüße aus Dublin! Greetings from Dublin!
Last weekend I was in Dublin, and flew back to Manchester just before the arrival of the ‘Beast from the East’. I studied German and French at Trinity College Dublin. That’s it in the photo above.
Dublin is a very cosmopolitan city. You hear all kinds of languages on the bus, in pubs and cafes and on the street: in the first ten minutes after I arrived, I heard French, Polish, Czech, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and German.
On official signs you will also see the Irish language. Although not spoken by many people as their first language, it’s still an important part of Ireland’s cultural heritage.
I’m currently working on my first multilingual slide show video on the subject of Dublin’s bridges. There will be versions in English and German. I’m preparing more videos on Manchester and Liverpool to appear soon.
What makes good language learning material?
Another current project is an online course presenting my ideas on how to learn a language. One of the most important principles is that you learn by working with interesting, relevant material at a level that’s slightly above your level. The material should always have the audio and written versions.
Articles should be read aloud. Spoken language should have a transcript. Video is good because you can watch, listen to the language and read the subtitles or script. If you had an unlimited supply of material like this I’m sure you’d learn very quickly.
And if you had your very own speaker of the language available you could practice what you know. I’ve just signed up with Italki.com It’s good for finding partners to practice with and also for online tutors.