Last updated: 8 September 2011

Languages of the World: Introductory Overviews
     I. Indo-European Languages
          A. Germanic Language Family

     II. The Languages of Southeast Asia

Textual Readings
     Persian Textual Readings

Reviews and recommendations for self-instructional material
     Foreign Language Series video reviews
     Summary and conclusions on choosing materials according to learning styles
     Other methodological videos

Lectures on Language Learning

Languages of the World: Introductory Overviews

I have embarked upon a series of videos to provide introductory overviews of the languages of the world. I have completed the Germanic Language family series by working diachronically through various members of the family in turn, demonstrating how to identify each language, translating a text sample to show how it works, and discusing its genetic affiliation and cultural context. I plan to continue with other European language families in the same fashion, but in the meantime I have branched into an exploration of the languages of Southeast Asia, where I now find myself.

In order to explain the texts, I have to read them aloud, thus offering my own imperfect accent as a rough sample of what the languages sound like. I want to stress most emphatically that I am not offering the series as any kind of claim to have mastered any of these languages in any way.  I have not. I have studied them for many years, nothing more.  Now, for the benefit of those who have never seen or heard them before, and in the general hope of stimulating interest in Polyglottery, I am simply seeking to share information about them and their interconnections.

I. Indo-European Languages

     A. Germanic (Teutonic) Languages

          1. West Germanic Languages
               a. High West Germanic Languages
               b. Low West Germanic Languages

          2. North Germanic (Scandinavian) Languages
               a. Western North Germanic (Scandinavian) Languages
                    i. Insular Western North Germanic (Scandinavian) Languages
                    ii. Continental Western North Germanic (Scandinavian) Languages
                         Norwegian Nynorsk
               b. Eastern North Germanic (Scandinavian) Languages
                    Norwegian Bokmål

          3. Historical Old- and Middle- Germanic Languages
               a. East Germanic Languages (c.300-c.750)
               b. West Germanic Languages (c.600-c.1100)
                    Old English
                    Old High German
               c. Western North Germanic (Scandinavian) Language (c.750-c.1500)
                    Old Norse
               d. West Germanic Languages (c.1100-c.1500)
                    Middle English
                    Middle High German
                    Middle Dutch
               e. Eastern North Germanic (Scandinavian) Language (c.1200-c.1500)
                    Old Swedish

          4. Germanic (Teutonic) Language Family Tree
               Germanic Family 1/5
               Germanic Family 2/5
               Germanic Family 3/5
               Germanic Family 4/5
               Germanic Family 5/5

II. The Languages of Southeast Asia
     Lao & Thai Mutual Intelligibility
     Indonesian & Javanese
     Japanese: Preliminary Considerations
     Tagalog & Cebuano

Textual Readings

Persian Textual Readings
It is my hope that these offerings by an advanced student of the language, in demonstrating good practice of the technique of reading and translating aloud, will be beneficial to more elementary students of the language, stimulating to would-be students of the language, and interesting to students of languages in general who do not have time to devote to this particular and particularly rich and beautiful tongue.

Thus far I have made and posted:
A general introductory preface
The Establishment of Democracy 1/4
The Establishment of Democracy 2/4
The Establishment of Democracy 3/4
The Establishment of Democracy 4/4

Reviews and Recommendations for Self-Instructional Material -
Foreign Language Learning Series Video Reviews:
Teach Yourself Books (TYS)
Foreign Service Institute (FSI)
Spoken Language Services (SLS)
Living Language
Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL)
Made Simple
Kauderwelsch, usw.
L'Harmattan et L'Asiathèque

Summary and conclusions on choosing materials according to learning styles:
Paradigms of Language Learning
Classroom Foreign Language Teaching
Foreign Language Learning with Tutors
Foreign Language Learning without a Method
Audio-Only Foreign Language Methods
Computerized Foreign Language Learning
Typologies of Foreign Language Manuals and Student Learning Styles
Selecting Self-Study Foreign Language Materials
Spanish French Italian German

Other Methodological Videos:
Shadowing a Foreign Language: Demonstration of Technique
Shadowing Discussed
Shadowing Step by Step
Scriptorium Foreign Language Practice: Demonstration of Technique
Accent Formation in Foreign Languages: Part 1 of 4: Phonetics
Accent Formation in Foreign Languages: Part 2 of 4: Technique
Accent Formation in Foreign Languages: Part 3 of 4: Analysis
Accent Formation in Foreign Languages: Part 4 of 4: Perspective
The Parable of the Razor
A Polyglot's Daily Linguistic Workout
Language Museum Resources

Lectures on Language Learning:
Success in Foreign Language Learning
Motivation & Self Discipline in Foreign Language Study
Time Management
Alexander Arguelles Rainforest Interview
Extensive Reading and Vocabulary Range
Selecting Appropriate Texts for Expanding Vocabulary Range Through Extensive Reading
Moving from Intermediate Toward Advanced Foreign Language Knowledge

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