lunedì 10 marzo 2014

Bab.la or "Be bop a lula": love languages!

There's one place online whose aim is to have (almost) everything you need when you have to do with languages. The website is Bab.la. It is very articulate, full of contents and activities and seem to have a wide audience in mind, from beginners language learners to language professionals: you could literally spend hours just exploring it and discovering what it has to offer...
Lets' start with language professionals and/or language bloggers. If you belong to any of these categories you might know Bab.la thanks to a popular competition it has been running for a few years now: web readers nominate the top language lovers blog, learning blogs, professional blogs, Facebook pages and Twitterers...of course all about languages!
Bab.la itself manages an interesting blog...about languages, travels and internship opportunities abroad. The blog title? Just, lovely...Lexiophiles!
If you have your own blog/website you can also embed a dictionary, a quiz plugin or install a browser toolbar with the dictionary.
Bab.la olso offers professional human translations - all you need to do is to upload the document you want to be translated, in order to have a price quote.

mercoledì 22 gennaio 2014

Visual dictionary

Love overwhelmed me today as I was working on a very technical translation...love not only for my job, but also for this extremely precious tool: the Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary. It is just perfect for you, technical translator who is going crazy, spending hours to understand what that specific term refers to and also for you interpreter, who is preparing for an assignment. Unless you are an engineer or a scientist, some words may have no sense to your eyes. Seeing things rather than learning plain words is way more effective.
And searching for pictures on Google might not proof enough sometimes...and there it is: the visual dictionary. Of course there is a hard copy version - but the online one is very handy!

lunedì 20 gennaio 2014

Memrise - Water the garden of your memory

Yeah, we know: learning is a life-learning process...but...does it have to be done in the same old way as we did when we were in school? Fortunately, new technologies (I would say amazing web designers and IT engineers) help us learn, discover something new and improve ourselves by creating amazing websites and apps.
Today, I want to talk about Memrise. The motto on its home page says it all: Learning, powered by imagination.

Learning can become fun and become a nice filler in our spare time during the day. We spend hours in front on our laptop or fiddling with our smart phone - why not learn something? Memrise offers you the chance to learn something in a gradual way - bit after bit. You read a word, you learn it, you learn a new one and then you are tested with different exercises and you collect your score! Next level: new words or concepts, other tests and the old words will be refreshed to your memory again at some point. And so on and so forth...you could spend hours learning, listening, repeating and playing, gradually growing the garden of your memory!

domenica 14 aprile 2013

Dizione italiana

Ce l'ho fatta! Finalmente ritrovo l'entusiasmo e l'energia per scriver un nuovo post su mio amato Glottovolante!

Fino ad ora ho solo parlato di lingue straniere e viaggi all'estero, ma mai come in questi ultimi mesi sono stata così concentrata sulla mia lingua madre: l'ITALIANO. Ora che sto completando la mia formazione come interprete c'è un aspetto che urge essere maggiormente curato (non è mai troppo tardi, per fortuna): la dizione. È vero spesso ho storto il naso in passato...all'idea di omogeneizzare la lingua, di "spersonalizzarla" e "delocalizzarla".


venerdì 14 settembre 2012

The Pimsleur Method

The Pimsleur Method is a nice and interactive way to rapidly learn the essential vocabulary of a language in order to communicate effectively in real situations within a short time! According to a number of studies and statistical data...knowing ONLY 500 words of a language...we are able to understand averagely the 80% of what we read/hear...
   And here we are...WHAT should we learn soon? Have a look at this article to learn more. 
The principle of "core vocabulary" is only one of the four on which the Pimsleur method is grounded, as invented by the linguist Paul Pimsleur. The other three are: