Privately studying, or trying to, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin) and I shall attempt to recapture my French that dissipated after university. I don’t plan on being some sort of translator or advanced user but I would like to have more than a rudimentary skill level.

A comment on the Japanese and Chinese podcasts is here. Also recently found a French podcast.

Speaking of audio experiences check out these posts from Velcrometer’s “Que the Hell Pasa” parts 1, 2, 3 and 4. I recall seeing additional posts when they first came out but can’t find them now. Yes, I realise that posting something a few years old might be odd in the fast paced world of the Internet, but I liked them, when I first read it (at work) I was in hysterics. I probably enjoyed them so much because I had to listen to so many like them and on several occasions been a voice on tape – having similar thoughts as I said my lines. 

It won’t be at Berlitz though: Read the post.

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  1. I just signed up for the Japanese and bookmarked the French. Thanks for the info. I too have found French fading since school days, and as for Japanese, after two trips, it seems like a good time to learn something beyond good morning and thank you.

    • I hope you like it. Let me know how it works out. I’ve lapsed in my education. Good luck.

  2. I’ve enjoyed it for the last couple of weeks, and I’ve learned some useful phrases. We’ll see how long this lasts (things have a tendency to fall by the wayside), but so far it’s fun.

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