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Keep an Eye On These Hindi Learning Resources
Hindi is a rich and beautiful language, and the culture and traditions surrounding the language make it all the more meaningful. Learning Hindi can be a challenge, as it is an extremely complicated and nuanced dialect, but with enough study and dedication, the language could become part of your skill set. If you’re interested in learning Hindi, there are a number of resources available to you that can help the process along, for free. You have the power to learn, so take the leap and start practicing.

Language Exchange Partner

Learning with an actual human being is beneficial when it comes to languages, as they are able to learn how you learn and can therefore cater lessons to fit your skills and needs. Not only this, but by working with native speakers in particular, you will have access to tons of cultural information so that you can understand the language beyond its structure. The idea is that we can all teach, so why not teach each other instead of paying for a tutor? Of course, you can connect with a language exchange partner for free at sites like LRNGO.

YouTube

HindiPod101 is a good place to go if you’re looking for basic vocabulary. The goal is for you to master ten Hindi words in each three-minute lesson, significantly strengthening your vocabulary in a short amount of time.

hindiuniversity is a non-profit project from Washington DC whose goal it is to bring Hindi to learners. Videos span a variety of topics, focusing on writing and conversation while using a lecture format.

Anil Mahato’s channel is jam-packed with useful videos for learners. From jokes to mathematics and everything in between, this channel is a great place to go if you’re looking for variety in your Hindi education.

Online Exercises

Mindur Hindi has plenty of different, valuable resources on its site for Hindi learners, most notably an exercise section so that you can test your progress and identify where you need to practice most.

The University of Texas at Austin Hindi Urdu Flagship has created an awesome place to find free worksheets ranging from crosswords to grammar checks on a free PDF format.

Anil Mahato remember our YouTube friend here? Well not only is his channel a great place for learners to go, but his website is also top notch and useful. You’ll find, amongst the cultural and learning-centric material, online exercises for you to get practicing what you learned in his videos.

Podcasts

HindiPod101 is a good place to go if you want to have a better grip on the basics, from phrases to vocabulary. All podcasts are available free on iTunes, making them easily accessible wherever you go.

iSpeak Hindi offers lessons for newbies through advanced learners in 5-10 minute podcasts, which is great for learning in a time crunch. There are not set topics, so you’ll find something new in every podcast.

Learn Hindi from Bollywood Movies is the place to be for fans of Bollywood films. Listen to podcasts as they relate to Bollywood films and strengthen your listening skills and vocabulary by listening to something you enjoy.

Other Sites

Hindi 101 has great links to Hindi news and radio sites, as well as helpful tools like a Hindi keyboard and useful phrase list.

Learning Hindi offers over one hundred free Hindi lessons—for free. Start at the intro level and work your way up to more complicated grammar!

Linguanaut offers basic vocabulary and phrase lists, as well as helpful search options for tutors and human translation services.

With all of these resources just waiting to be used, you have all you need to start your Hindi education today!


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Scenery of Norway in Reine, Lofoten
Becoming a Master of the Norwegian Language
Looking to learn Norwegian but aren’t sure where to begin? Fortunately for you, the info you need is right here. There are several ways to go about getting the Norwegian language study that you’re searching for, so consider the advice and resources listed and try them out to see what works best for you.

Connect with a Norwegian Speaker

As much as you may like to think you can learn all you need to know on your own, to really take command of a language you need the guidance and practice of working with other people. There are several ways to do this. If you’re willing to pay for lessons, you have the options of hiring a tutor or joining a class. You can look for tutors in your area through sites like Craigslist or other job posting sites, and look for classes at your local college or online. Online classes are valuable because you can learn a new language from the comfort of your own home, at your pace, on your time. Online study courses are usually very affordable and flexible and designed to fit with any schedule, including yours.

There is also the option of connecting with a language exchange partner. If you don’t know what language exchanges are, they essentially give you the opportunity to have the advantages of one-on-one tutoring for no charge but your time. The idea is that you can teach your partner valuable skills that they want to know and they can teach you what you’d like to know, like Norwegian. Of course, sites like LRNGO allow you to connect with an exchange partner near you or anywhere in the world through video chat.

Find Your Resources

In order to learn Norwegian, you’ll have to have resources to draw from. Consider which methods of study work best for you. There are tons of free resources on the web that are meant to help aid your studies. Talk with your tutor, teacher, or language exchange partner to help you pick your resources. YouTube channels, podcasts, online exercises, and other sites are all great places to search.

Make a Schedule and Stick to It

When it comes down to it, practice is the only way you will be able to learn. It is necessary to create a study plan and stick to it. Devote multiple days throughout the week to study and be sure to practice all aspects of the language, from speaking and listening to reading and writing. You can also spend free time reading books (children’s books are a good place to start for beginners) and watching Norwegian movies with subtitles for more relaxed and enjoyable practice.

Whichever methods you choose for learning Norwegian, remember that the most important part of learning a new language, or learning anything new, is to believe that you can do it. If you keep this in the forefront and continue your dedicated study, you will succeed!


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Akdamar Island on Lake Van, in eastern Turkey
Dive Into Teaching Turkish
Being a Turkish teacher is certainly a unique profession, and if it is your career of choice you may have to be patient as you search for the opportunity that is best for you, but that doesn’t mean that the opportunity won’t arise! Get yourself out there and do all that you can to achieve your goal of becoming a Turkish instructor. The jobs won’t come your way unless you put in effort to get your name out there.

Though not as commonly studied as other European languages, with over 65 million native speakers it is a valuable language to know and learn, and you’ll find that there are students who feel the same way.

The first job as a Turkish teacher is helping your student understand that this language is quite different from their native tongue. By building a better understanding of how the Turkish language functions, you will be providing a springboard for your student to jump off of. Foundational knowledge is an essential part of learning, so be sure to include that in your teaching. The better a foundation you can help your student lay for him or herself, the quicker they will progress. In your career as a Turkish teacher you probably know, or have learned, that you cannot teach this language the same way that English is taught, because of its unique sentence structure and other distinguishing characteristics.

A good Turkish teacher will be able to bring the learner into the culture while providing them with a better understanding of the language, as well as help them become proficient in communication. Your students will likely find the pronunciation challenging at first. Do not be too demanding because, in time, and with plenty of practice, they will learn to pronounce the words properly.

Keep your classes challenging, but not too rigorous. Your students want to feel as though they are progressing. Always stay abreast of the latest teaching methods, and incorporate the best ones into your teaching style. You want to be the best Turkish teacher out there, so invest the time and you will reap the rewards.

Talk to your local schools, colleges, and language centers for teaching opportunities near you, and post your information on Craiglist or local classifieds so that interested students have the opportunity to come to you. You also have the opportunity to make use of online teaching through video chat. Tutoring sites like WyzAnt or TutorHunt allow you to post your qualifications on a profile so that students can learn from you in person or online, and LRNGO does this as well as offers you opportunities in teaching online classrooms. These types of sites often charge commission, but allow you to easily connect with interested pupils.

If you aim to be a Turkish teacher, then do it! Get your name out there, put together a strong résumé, and be friendly!


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Thanchi, Bandarban, Bangladesh
Free Resources to Learn Bengali
Have you ever heard of Bengali? Most English Speakers have not. It is actually more widely spoken than some other languages that you likely know, including both French and Portuguese. Bengali is the language native to Bangladesh, a shockingly beautiful coastal country surrounded on three sides by India. Want to visit the homeland of the Bengal Tiger and the Saltwater Crocodile? Here are a few resources I recommend to learn the basics of the language.



Now, you may be undecided on whether or not to learn the Bengali Language. It is first important to say on this subject that Bengali is widely spoken in India; in fact, besides Hindi-Urdu, it is the second most spoken language in India. I say this because it is proof that Bengali has speakers outside of Bangladesh. It is also important to say, however, that Bengali uses an alphabet that is rather different from the English alphabet. For example, each consonant has an inherent vowel with different pronunciations. Bengali is also sometimes called one of the more difficult languages for English speakers to learn.

As a side note, if you learn Bengali, you could consider becoming an English to Bengali Translator. Because there are fewer people capable of doing this type of translation, English to Bengali translators are often paid at a higher rate than, say English to Spanish translators or English to French Translators.


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The Fisherman's Bastion in Hungary
Hungary for Hungarian? Find Free Learning Resources
If you’ve been aching to learn Hungarian but have found it difficult to get the full experience due to your location, the price tag of lessons, or your available time, then you have come upon the right place. If you have the drive and desire to learn Hungarian, you have tons of free resources available to you, whether you know it or not. Take a look at some of these ideas and figure out which option is right for you, or make use of all of these resources for a well-rounded learning experience!

Language Exchange Partner
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the idea is that everyone has something to teach one another, so instead of paying for lessons, teach them yourself and get them in return! Speak English? Connect with a partner who has the ability to teach you Hungarian in exchange for English lessons. This is a great option as your partner can guide you through the steps of learning, open you up to valuable learning resources, give you cultural insight, and be a great conversation practice partner. Of course, LRNGO offers a free platform for you to connect with an exchange partner near you or anywhere in the world via video chat.

YouTube
If you like to learn visually and enjoy a lecture-type format when learning, try checking out some Hungarian learning YouTube videos! HungarianPod101 offers a ton of great videos that give you the info you’re looking for in quick, fun segments—some even as short as three minutes! This is perfect for you to get an introduction on the language and culture basics. You can also check out the Hungarian Project, which offers videos for beginners that focus on making the basics easy, from compound words to conjugations. The channel also includes opinion videos on some Hungarian issues, giving you exposure to the modern day concerns of the country.

Podcasts
Because you can listen to them anywhere while doing almost anything, podcasts are a great way to get your ear to practice understanding Hungarian. Let’s Learn Hungarian offers a few great situational podcasts, but is unfortunately no longer updated. HungarianPod101 also offers some free podcasts on the ITunes store, as well as a downloadable version of their YouTube videos previously mentioned. You can also check out some Hungarian radio stations if you’re at a higher learning level.

Other Sites
Some sites seem to have it all, like Hungarian 101, which offers you links to Hungarian news, radio, and TV for practice, as well as a basic Hungarian course, pronunciation help, and vocabulary lists, making this a one stop shop for all of your free Hungarian learning needs.

Also be sure to check out Benny the Irish Polyglot’s advice for language learners aiming to speak Hungarian that is a worthwhile read as you get started on your journey!


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