July 11th, 2011

Thai – The Beginning

I reviewed Thai pronunciation today using Teach Yourself Thai.  The review explained Consonants and Vowels in the Thai language. I really like the sounds of Thai accents.

Examples:

ku กุ
like ‘oo’ in “hoop”

ko กอ
like ‘o’ in “torn” (short vowel: “เกาะ“)

kuea เกือ 
like “ue” followed by a short “a”

Cantonese

I reviewed Units 3 and 2 in Teach Yourself Cantonese and did a first pass over Unit 4.

Portuguese

After 2 hours of watching & passively listening to Cordel Encantado via Globo.com.br, I then decided to start the Living Language Ultimate Portuguese Course that recently came in. The accent of this course is more of Portugal’s Portuguese than Brazilian Portuguese.

Croatian

Croatian is such a fun language being that it is not extremely difficult and the ease of it’s pronunciation. I basically watched a couple videos from this really good band from Zagreb. If you’d like to listen to Croatian rock, check this band out and their latest music video: Svijet Glamura

Spanish

I just started passively listening to Spanish today. I was able to understand 70% of Eva Luna, a Colombian soap opera series via Caracoltv.com since there are so many similarities between Spanish & Portuguese. I plan to dedicate 2 hours of passive listening per day for Spanish.

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