Language Resources

Language is not a barrier if you can follow any conversation based on context.   If you read widely in any language and you are open to every possible idea irrespective of your own beliefs then you can relate to a wider set of contexts.  That would make it easier for you to understand the intent of the speaker and you can turn into an active listener.

Here are some interesting sites that offer videos of talks by eminent people on a lot of general topics. Accents vary. You should still get the message.  That should be your goal.
  • TED - Ideas Worth Spreading.  We suggest that you turn off captions while watching.  If you do not understand anything then turn on the captions and watch once in this mode.  Then turn off the captions and try to follow the subject and also the accent so that you get used to the accent.
  • RSA Animate - you can find 500+ videos posted by RSA on YouTube.

If you are really good at English, then we offer you the 'The Jargon File' - "Every noun can be verbed. ...... English as a whole is already heading in this direction (towards pure-positional grammar like Chinese); hackers are simply a bit ahead of the curve." 

Please note that we would not have read every sentence in each of the links we provide and also we may not have watched every video that might be posted in a given channel online.  We may not subscribe to any of the views either.  Refer to the first para in this page and learn to develop your own filters and get the point of the speaker while ignoring their idiosyncrasies.

Learn English for Free

posted 7 Aug 2012, 07:19 by Learn Create Yourself   [ updated 16 Aug 2012, 05:30 ]

OpenCulture.com site maintains a collection of free online courses or content to learn English language.  Try them to see what suits you best.   http://www.openculture.com/free_english_lessons

English Phonetics

posted 6 Aug 2012, 09:43 by Learn Create Yourself   [ updated 6 Aug 2012, 09:43 ]

While it is not necessary to emulate any given native accent, it is useful to practice a neutral accent.   Dictionaries specify the pronunciation for each word.  The English language has only 26 letters in the alphabet.  However there are 44 sounds and these are not mapped uniquely to a standard set of letters from the alphabet .  So, phonetic alphabet is used in the dictionary to specify pronunciation.  University of Iowa hosts an interactive site where you can see the vocalization of phonetic alphabet and also hear few words in American accent.

Phonetics: The Sounds of American English


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