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.

Zabava s hrvatskim

Fun with Croatian

Been quite a few months since I’ve last glanced at the the beginning units of TYS Croatian. Here is a review ofgrammatical points and key terms from Units 1. I’ll add 2, 3, 4, in the next post. I started studying Croatian the first week of July 2010 (July 3rd to be exact) after receiving the books I ordered for the language. Currently I am working through a course book.

Teach Yourself Croatian: (Course book)

Unit 1:

Grammar –  In Croatian, ja and vi (I and You) are usually omitted and rarely used unless its a direct/personal question being ask. Also, the words:  the , a , an have the same meaning and there are no replacements for them. Examples in context below:

§  In a hotel    = U hotelu

§  In the hotel = U hotelu

Short form vs Long form – The main difference between these two is simple. Short form is never used as the first word of a sentence/phrase. The Long form is normally used to answer questions or ask questions. Examples in context below:

§  I am new styles = Ja sam new styles

§ I am new styles = Ja jesam new styles

Key terms :

§  I am = Ja sam

§  You speak english well = Dobro govorite engleski

§  I speak a little = Govorim malo

§  I am learning = Učim

§  Who are you = Tko ste ti

§  Do you understand = Razumijete li

§  Not much = Slabo

§  How are you = Kako ste