I came across a new-to-me offering from Deutsche Welle today: Typisch Deutsch. It’s a video podcast, each one lasting a little over a half hour. People from different vocations are interviewed and discuss their lives in Germany. It’s a nice source of large chunks of dialogue that aren’t scripted / being read (like many of the other podcasts available).
I just discovered that, whilst dealing with an influx of spam comments some time ago, I inadvertently turned off commenting on all new posts. Oops! That certainly wasn’t my intention. Comments are now open again. Sorry about that!
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 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.