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The Loquella Language Tool

Loquella's sophisticated language lessons are designed to teach you foreign languages quickly, from anywhere you have an online connection. Loquella is designed based on the well-respected Foreign Service Institute (FSI) language courses. FSI has been around for over 30 years, so Loquella took the best of FSI and combined it with additional features to make a language tool that is comprehensive yet fun and easy to use. FSI has traditionally been used by serious language students who plan to live and work abroad. However, we believe we have made the Loquella language tool a great resource for both the serious language student as well as the casual learner who wants to be able to say a few words while on vacation! Learn more about the Foreign Service Institute.

Learning Dialects Using The Language Tool

As anyone who has tried to learn a language will tell you, it's one thing to understand and respond to a question in a foreign language when it is spoken in a slow and well-annunciated manner. It's completely different to listen and repeat when actual people are talking in real dialects. As you get deeper into any language you will start to hear that people speaking the same language have very different dialects. That's why we provide sections that allow you to hear dialects used in various parts of the world.

Learn Language At Your Own Pace

The comprehensive Loquella language lessons teach you how to speak and read new languages at your own pace using a sophisticated language tool. There is no subscription, monthly fee or software to download to learn a language with Loquella. All you need is the Adobe Flash Player 8 installed on your browser. You simply come to our site when you want to use the language tool, and exit when you are done for the day. You can spend as much or as little time as you need using the language tool. Since the language course is free and online, you can practice and learn whenever and wherever you have free time and an Internet connection. Use the language tool during your lunch break, in between classes or anywhere you can get connected. A headset is recommended.

Language Learning Method

The method used in these language courses focuses on "over-learning" the language through repetition and language drills. This method will allow you to perfect your pronunciation, and memorize words and sentences no matter what context they are in. You will see, listen to and repeat many variations of the same phrases and sentences so you will completely understand how to use similar words in different contexts and situations by using the language tool.

Customize Your Language Course

At Loquella we know that everyone learns differently. That's why we have made the Loquella language tool customizable. Before you start the language course each time, visit the "user preferences" section inside the tool and select which order you would like to see or hear each sentence. Each person learns differently, that's why we allow you to customize it for yourself. Play around with the preferences until you get it to your own liking.

The Language Blog

If you have questions, or want to learn more about Loquella or the language tool, please visit the Language Blog. Here we try to answer questions and share new features and updates. Please post your comments and questions on the blog and we will do our best to answer them. You can also contact us via email.

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Judaism 101

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The Hebrew and Yiddish languages use a different alphabet than English. The picture below illustrates the Hebrew alphabet, in Hebrew alphabetical order. Note that Hebrew is written from right to left, rather than left to right as in English, so Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Tav is the last. The Hebrew alphabet is often called the "alefbet," because of its first two letters.

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Free Language Courses LogoWow... this is a nice site with great downloads for free language courses for multiple languages.

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"This site offers free language learning products. Most of the material is either public domain or under a Creative Commons- or similar license (see relevant article or product archive for details)."

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Yamada Language Center

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University of OREGON Yamada Language Center. A resource-rich learning environment.Courses, audio clips,and a vast array of links to other information rich sites.

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Lear Korean Language

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A Straight forward learn Korean site,good information,strong vocbulary structure.Thanks to Shin, In-Rae, the Korean teacher at Foothill College, who has made this material clear to me.
Thanks to Heather Lim for recording the sound for these pages.
Thanks to Whan-Soo Kang for his suggestions and corrections.
Any mistakes remaining in this tutorial are still mine; all mine!
Thanks to the folks at Crown Bakery in Santa Clara, CA for their kind permission to take a picture of the inside of their store.

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Hungarian Language & Culture

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Face it--whether you are in Indonesia for one week or for 10 years, it is not only polite and useful to know a little of the language, in many cases, it is outright necessary. If you don't want to be trapped at the Hotel Borobudur or restricted to traveling with a translator, you need to be able to communicate with that cheerful, friendly, curious populace out there. This booklet provides one approach to learning a very basic level of the Indonesian language, Bahasa Indonesia, with no strain.

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Hungarian Language & CultureVisit Hungarian Language & Culture

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Magyar (pronounced /Mawdyar/), as the Hungarians call their language, is spoken by the approximately 11 million inhabitants of Hungary, as well as another 4 million people in neighboring countries and a million others scattered around the world. It belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family, which includes Finnish and Estonian, but its closest relatives are several obscure languages spoken in Siberia. Hungarian is not at all related to the Indo-European languages which surround it, and is very different both in vocabulary and in grammar. Hungarian is an agglutinative language, meaning that it relies heavily on suffixes and prefixes. The grammar is seemingly complex, yet there is no gender, a feature that most English speakers grapple with when learning other European languages. Hungarian does use the Roman alphabet however, and after learning a few simple rules one can easily read Hungarian. Pronunciation is also very easy, especially compared to other neighbouring languages like Czech, German, and Russian.
This course was designed for beginners and no previous knowledge of Hungarian is assumed. However, the lessons may also be helpful for those people who have had previous experience and would like to improve their grammar or just simply brush up.

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Vietnamese Language & Culture

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This Overview of the Vietnamese Web pages is intended to give you some idea of its contents so that you know how to find what you need or what might interest you - a kind of navigation guide. The core of this site is a series of 20 Lessons for teaching you Spoken Vietnamese. A Guide To Pronunciation is an interactive resource that lets you hear all of the sounds of the language: consonants, vowels, and tones. If you want to learn just enough language for travel, you can click on Quick Vietnamese for Tourists. If you need information on travel or currency, follow those links;and much more.

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Learn Thai

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Thai Language and Culture [www.seasite.niu.edu/thai] is an information-rich, multimedia, interactive web site that is being developed for a very wide audience. Because of the complexity of the site, a few words on how to use the site are in order. In addition to this narrative overview, an alternative assist is found in a navigational outline of the contents of this site. The newcomer should welcome some guidance on where to begin in order to avoid getting needlessly lost in a web of pages. On subsequent visits to the site, simply go to the angel-decorated door, and open it - after downloading
the Thai fonts from the fonts link placed on the Thai Language and Culture Homepage or the SEAsite Homepage.


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Learn Polish

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In the first part there is some information about Poland,geographical and statistical data etc., a few words about Polish people and where the language is spoken. Origin and relations with other languages are also explained there. If you are not interested you can skip this page.The second part contains some basic grammar of Polish including alphabet and pronunciation.The lessons consist of grammar and vocabulary presented in such a way that you will memorize it while reading the lessons (I hope). Each lesson contains:

* short passages or dialogues presenting new grammatical facts
* a dialogue or a few lines of text where you will find new vocabulary
* a list of new words
* grammatical notes
* exercises (with answers)
I encourage you to go over the lesson and try to understand grammar facts from the context before they are given in Grammar Sections. This will speed up your memorization processes. You can read texts several times until you are sure you pronounce all the words correctly.

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