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Bieneke
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Terra Linguas

Post by Bieneke » Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:17 pm

Hi all,

I received an email about a nice new website for language exercises, including Dutch: http://www.terralinguas.com.

You can practice vocabulary and conversation by listening to audio files recorded by native speakers. A nice feature for beginners is the speed regulator; you can slow down the audio playback with a simple button. I really like the interface and the fact that you can do all exercises for free. The recordings are not in 100% standard Dutch, but that was done on purpose; they want students to hear the language as it is actually spoken, not textbook language (e.g. 'jai' instead of 'jij' and 'jaauw' instead of 'jou'). They are planning to add recordings from different Dutch speaking regions.

The quality of the Dutch recordings is not as good as that of some other languages, but the developers are aware of that, and they are working on it. In February, news bites will be added as well as more material to the grammar category within the vocabulary section. I think it is definitely worth a visit.
Terra linguas currently offers 18,000 native speaker recordings in most of 14 languages. We hope to have another 6-7 languages available in early 2010. Spanish has more than 90,000 recordings, so there is no real limit to how much can be included.

Please visit our website (http://www.terralinguas.com) and learn about all of the unique features we've incorporated into the first version. Anyone speaking any language can learn any other language for FREE!

Beginning students can slow the native speaker's playback to hear very clearly what is said. As they become more comfortable with their new language, they can go back to normal speed
and even faster. Students can also select different types of ambient noise and adjust the volume of this independently. This helps students learn to continue to listen to a conversation even if ambient noise levels cause some words to be inaudible. Often they will be able to fill in the missing words after hearing the remaining information, but at the very least, they can ask more pertinent questions. This is also less frustrating for native speakers who can tire of repeating themselves!

There are many other features and it's FREE!
Bieneke

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