Read for pleasure and super‑fast language acquisition

Word Frequencies

February 28, 2013 by Steve - Comments

Readlang got an awesome new feature today, it now prioritises words by their frequency.

This means I get to learn the most useful words first, which is important since I have over 500 words sitting in my queue:

Thanks to Hermit Dave for his list of word frequencies which made this feature so simple to add to the site. The only language missing is Catalan, sorry!


Video Tutorial

February 26, 2013 by Steve - Comments

Update. The video below is out of date, here is the latest version.

I’m still busy working on the site and have made a short screencast to introduce the basic features.


Parallel Texts

February 3, 2013 by Steve - Comments

Parallel texts are a great learning tool for beginners. These allow you to quickly switch back and fore between the translated version and the original without breaking your flow too much. The problem is it’s almost too easy to rely on the translated version, and figuring out the matching point in the translated version sometimes takes a little searching. Aside from portability they haven’t improved much in over 2000 years.


Learn Languages By Reading

January 31, 2013 by Steve - Comments

I’m a huge fan of reading to learn languages. It’s less stressful than interaction or formal studying, it gets you a lot of exposure to new words and grammar, and can be very enjoyable. How enjoyable depends on the difficulty, the content, and your tools for translating.


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