Language lessons on Spotify

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I found some language courses on Spotify for all sorts of languages. Has any one tried them? Are they any good? Im kind of hesitant for audio languages courses because you can't see how it's written.

Update: this only shows up on my sister's US Spotify account, which I used to find them. According to a reddit post, this is only available in the US and Canada, so those of you outside those countries may not be able to find them. Though maybe using a VPN might work.

Update 2: I just googled Spotify language courses to find them after my sister mentioned it had Japanese, and that's how I found them. But I havent tried my Swedish Spotify account yet to see if they show up, but anyone else from Sweden is welcome to try and let me know, since I'm outside of the country at the moment.

Update 3: the Bulgarian ones aren't very good

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Joined: 14.10.2016

Hey, nice to see you again!
I'm listening to the Greek one now, and it's not very good, either. The audio is kind of shoddy and the pronunciation, while not terrible, isn't a native speaker's.

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Hi, good to see you too!

Yeah I listened to the Swedish one and it was really funny to me.

This is why I don't trust audio courses at all.

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I have literally never met an audio course I have liked. This is why I stick with learning through music and a dictionary.

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Music is helping a lot, I'm picking up on a lot of Bulgarian words and a few Serbian words from just listening to music, I need to invest in a dictionary, but grammar always worries me doing this method.

(And Japanese is a lost cause this way)

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So is Chinese. Believe me, I tried. I'm just lucky to have a father who has a PhD in Chinese history and is a fluent speaker.

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I've been listening to so much Japanese music, and I'm just not picking up anything, it's so different.

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Well, at least you don't have to learn tones like with Mandarin or Cantonese.

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But at least Chinese has one alphabet and not 3. But yeah the tones would be difficult.

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It's terrible in Cantonese because there's 6 I think? But with Mandarin, you do have to learn Pinyin (romanisation) to use a dictionary, and there's stroke order...

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Japanese has different rules for using kanji, (even if two kanji are pronounced the same, which to use), katakana or hiragana for spelling, and some words use all 3. I'd imagine you'd have to learn Rōmaji to use a dictionary as well. It's really difficult, but I've heard Chinese is much worse. How long have you been learning?

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6, 7 years now? Hard to keep track.

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Wow, that's a long time. I admire your dedication to a language for so long

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Joined: 22.11.2016

So Isak, are you visiting the States at the moment?

Again, I would recommend that you invest in the:

- Assimil Kroatisch ohne Mühe: Lehrbuch + 3 Audio-CDs + 1 mp3-CD

https://www.amazon.de/Assimil-Kroatisch-ohne-M%C3%BChe-Audio-CDs/dp/3896...

und

- Assimil Bulgarisch ohne Mühe: Lehrbuch (Niveau A1 - B2) und 4 Audio-CDs mit 170 Min. Tonaufnahmen

https://www.amazon.de/Assimil-Bulgarisch-ohne-M%C3%BChe-Tonaufnahmen/dp/...

As you are a Swede who has studied German, I think you'd find them very useful!!

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If you're interested in audio courses these might be helpful to you : http://www.languagetransfer.org/

I can only speak about the Greek Course, I used it a year or so ago when I was just starting to learn Greek. The founder of the site who recorded the Greek course is from Cyprus I believe, so he's a native speaker.

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No, I'm in Iceland actually but my sister lives in a Florida and I use her spotify and Netflix and stuff to get access to more music and TV shows that I otherwise wouldn't be able to access Wink smile

Thank you, ibn as-sabil I'll check it out. I probably remember just enough German to be able to use that

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bap19891 wrote:

If you're interested in audio courses these might be helpful to you : http://www.languagetransfer.org/

I can only speak about the Greek Course, I used it a year or so ago when I was just starting to learn Greek. The founder of the site who recorded the Greek course is from Cyprus I believe, so he's a native speaker.

Thank you, I'll take a look at it and see if it has the languages I'm interested in