September 29th, 2010

The Internet

I heard a while ago about a website that was made just for learning languages. You'd communicate in your target language and chat and whatnot and native speakers or more fluent people could help you by correcting your grammar, spelling, wording, ect. I'm looking, specifically, for a Spanish website for this.

Pienso el nombre tenies numeros pero no sabe. > A>

^Obviously lacking.
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disk vs disc?

Hello all,

I was writing something the other day about CDs ("hard copy music") versus data stored in a computer/ipod/etc, and I went to write out "disk" and realized I didn't know whether it ends in a c or a k. Disc and disk both look right to me, and google has been no help.

Is this just a matter of personal choice, or is there some little-known distinction? Or, alternatively, is one of them one of those words where if you misspell it long enough, the second spelling is adopted?


Two "Teach Yourself" courses

For a variety of reasons, I'm thinking of picking up either "Teach Yourself Icelandic" or "Teach Yourself Swedish" (or both). Does anyone have good or bad experiences with either that they'd care to share?

Background-wise, I'm a native English speaker with more than a decade of German behind me as well as some functional Dutch, so Germanic languages don't scare me off. I'm not planning on learning either language because I "have to", but rather because they both interest me.

My plan for Swedish is to use the "Teach Yourself" as a second step, after getting my hands on Larsson's Millennium Trilogy in the original language and sort of throwing myself into the deep end with them and the DVDs thereof. That may or may not work as a serious way of studying a language, but it's a method I've never tried before. Given that some of the Amazon reviews suggest that the course is a bit more "throwing yourself into the deep end", that makes me think it's the right way to use it.