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Just got an email from a guy over at FooSchool.com who brought my attention to a site in development that will offer free videos for learning English and French (and presumably more eventually).

Currently, only the videos for learning the French language are available, with English coming soon.

The French videos I have checked out are organized by Parisian Arrondissement , which is pretty cool.

I would suggest checking them out and subscribing to their video lessons feeds for both languages so you can know right away when new content is added to the site:

FooSchool.com Learn English Video Lesson Feed
FooSchool.com Learn French Video Lesson Feed

The site still needs some development as the Contact and About pages are currently not up, but this is a true "first look" at the site in progress. If they keep up the quality and pace of content publishing, they'll certainly end up being an excellend multi-media language-learning resource.

Check out FooSchool.com

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About FooSchool

FooSchool was launched in November 2007 with the aim of providing multi-media language lessons in a range of subjects -- for free!

We launched with a very basic design and 40 high-quality French video lessons, each of three minutes duration.

We intend to improve the design and add to the number of lessons in the near future.
FooSchool is Free?! What's the Catch?

There's no catch. FooSchool is free for three reasons:

1. We passionately believe in free education for everyone. We believe that the right to learn is a fundamental human right -- regardless of age, gender or location on the planet.

For an adult living in a developed country, learning a language may help keep the brain healthy. For someone in a developing country, it may help avoid poverty.

2. With the IT/internet revolution, the technology costs of creating and distributing multimedia lessons are no longer exorbitant. Thus, we don't have technology costs to pass on to you.

3. Our main costs are in devising and producing the lessons, as well as maintaining the website. So, while the lessons on this website will always be free, we intend to eventually make a profit through ancillary revenues (e.g. advertising).

I wanted to add four resources to the list of websites to post about here on that main part of the site:

UsingEnglish.com
English-to-go.com
World-English.org
LearnEnglish.de

Here are a few resources I have come across lately in my web meanderings that I believe would be valuable additions to the site:

Schweiz Magazin
Voices in Español Podcast
The Japlish Podcast
Yemen Links Arabic Resources

Obviously the last two can be expanded to include all the languages offered on this site. They are just predefined searches that can help folks find what they are looking for faster, something we are working to make possible.

I've just integrated the code for Snap Shots into the site! Snap Shots allows users to preview websites before visiting them, making it easier to see if they are what you are looking for.

Hover over the following link to see a Snap Shot of the Snap Shot website: Hover over this link to see a Snap Shot of the Snap Shot website.

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I just got an email with a link to ChineseTime.cn, a website for learning Mandarin Chinese online through lessons and study with a professional teacher via Skype.

It seems to be legit, though I have not done any lessons or worked with any of the professional teachers.

Check out Chinesetime.

I just came across an amazing list of resources for learning the Arabic language online. There are literally _loads_ of resources there, so check it out!

Hello again at long last! I have been on a vacation of sorts and have not had the time or availability to add resources with the same consistency as I was before mid-September.

But now I'm back! And with me will come a steady stream of additions to the site. Just wait and see...

Just came across an article on Wikibooks about how difficult it is for native English speaker to learn specific languages.

Pretty interesting, thought the article has a ways to go to be fully developed.

From Article

This world is just full of hundreds of thousands of languages. Wikibooks also hosts many different language learning books, but on a smaller scale, of course.

Becoming fluent in a language is no walk in the park, even if you do already display an aptitude for languages. This Wikibook will act as a very useful guide showing how difficult learning any particular language you have set your eyes on is.

Many people wonder how long it will take them to become proficient in a certain language. This question, of course, is impossible to answer because a lot depends on a person's language learning ability, motivation, learning environment, intensity of instruction, and prior experience in learning foreign languages. Last, but not least, it depends on the level of proficiency the person wishes to attain.

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the Department of State has compiled approximate learning expectations for a number of languages based on the length of time it takes to achieve Speaking 3: General Professional Proficiency in Speaking (S3) and Reading 3: General Professional Proficiency in Reading (R3). The list is limited to languages taught at the Foreign Service Institute, minus languages which don't have their own Wikibook.

It must be kept in mind that students at FSI are almost 40 years old, are native speakers of English and have a good aptitude for formal language study, plus knowledge of several other foreign languages. They study in small classes of no more than 6. Their schedule calls for 25 hours of class per week with 3-4 hours per day of directed self-study.

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