Duolingo invitations

If any of you folks are interested in checking out Duolingo, a new language learning site that teaches by giving you words and sentences to translate (among other tasks), let me know. I have four invitations I can give out to access the beta. Currently, you can study Spanish, German, and French (beta). If you’d like one, drop me a comment with your correct email address.

The Linguist Blogger on fluency

The Linguist Blogger has a very interesting podcast up in which he and a friend discuss language learning in general, and fluency specifically. Regarding fluency, I especially appreciated how it was stressed that when you say you speak a language, it should be qualified in some way. Otherwise it’s open to an awful lot of interpretation (e.g., does being able to fluently order a coffee mean you speak fluently?) Do check out the podcast.