language learning

8) Learn Conversational English —

Do you or someone you know want to improve in English?  Youth With a Mission in Lebanon, Pa. USA. is offering a 12 week course from May 9 to July 29, 2011.  Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English – speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment.  Details and application forms are on their web site.  \

 

http://www.ywampa.org or email questions to

ywampaatcomcastdotnet

8) Language Acquisition Training —

TRAIN International is offering “Acquire,” language acquisition training in Joplin, MO from April 4-15, 2011. Eric Derry leads this two-week intensive training and empowering cross-cultural workers with the best-known current strategies and tools based on the best-known textbooks. At Acquire, you will:

*** Learn proven and effective principles and techniques of language acquisition

*** Understand the impact language learning will have on your whole overseas experience

*** Improve your ability to hear and make new phonetic sounds

*** Get tips on working with language helpers on the field

*** Spend time with language helpers putting into practice the phonetic training and language learning methods

*** Gain the confidence that you CAN learn your target language The cost for this training is $890 per adult.  For more information, check out

 

http://www.traininternational.com

 

or email Mark at

mmillerattraininternationaldotcom

10) Having trouble Translating that sign? There’s an app for that —

Literally. Thanks to our I.T. guy, Greg, for point us to this article:

 

http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/16/world-lens-translates-words-inside-of-images-yes-really/

 

(That link might wrap. If so, just navigate to this item on the web, using the link below, and click on the link to the techcrunch story there.)

 

Basically, the story reports an iPod app that translates text from Spanish to English (and vice versa) in virtually real time. Right now, there’s only Spanish, but give ’em time. :-)

1) Language Acquisition Training

TRAIN International is offering “Acquire,” language acquisition training in Joplin, MO from April 4-15, 2011. Eric Derry leads this two-week intensive training empowering cross-cultural workers with the best known current strategies and tools based on the the best-known textbooks. At Acquire, you will:

  • Learn proven and effective principles and techniques of language acquisition
  • Understand the impact language learning will have on your whole overseas experience
  • Improve your ability to hear and make new phonetic sounds
  • Get tips on working with language helpers on the field
  • Spend time with language helpers putting into practice the phonetic training and language learning methods
  • Gain the confidence that you CAN learn your target language

The cost for this training is $890 per adult.  For more information, check out

http://www.traininternational.com

6) Great Free Tool for Language Learning —

http://www.livemocha.com

ties the proven technical advantages of the computer driven language with the miracle of social networking and the building of relationship as you learn. And it is free. As you build your proficiency with the computer in the language(s) of your choice, you are matched with national speakers who are learning English. You help them and they help you and you can become friends. Check out this tremendous assist for short term and career track language building and share Christ love as you do it.

4) Calling those who serve language learners —

This September is the 7th International Congress on Language Learning. This triennial event exists to champion the cause of language and culture learning by putting on-field language teachers, language school administrators and language supervisors in touch with each other and with academicians, pre-field trainers, personnel directors and agency executives — all committed to enhancing the quality of language learning and cultural integration for agency personnel. In 2007, there were 91 delegates from 37 agencies in attendance. ICLL will take place in Colorado Springs, CO, USA from September 26-October 1, 2010. Visit

http://www.mti.org/icll.htm

for details and registration information. Register by August 15 for the best rates.

7) Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project –

Did you know? Linguists estimate that at least 2,200 languages still need a translation of the Bible. In October 1982, Wycliffe launched the Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project (BPPP) which encourages people to pray for Bibleless language groups. Today there are 11,000 active BPPP prayer partners.  Join the team today! Visit

http://www.wycliffe.org/bppp

or email

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or call 1-800-WYCLIFFE, ext. 3870 or (407)-852-3870.

6) Interested in minority languages in the Eurasia region?

Media, Communications, and IT experts, as well as linguists, translators, and ethnomusicologists, will meet near Frankfurt, Germany 21 September to 01 October, 2010, for the Eurasia Media and Distribution Consultation. For information contact

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5) Language Acquisition Training —

Know anyone who is preparing to learn another language? TRAIN International still has spaces open at the “Acquire” training in Joplin, MO from March 15-26, 2010. Eric Derry will be the lead trainer at this two-week intensive training which empowers cross-cultural workers with the best known current strategies and tools in language acquisition. At Acquire, you will:

  • study phonetics to hear and say sounds right
  • practice speaking another language with language helpers
  • boost language learning confidence
  • understand the connection between language learning and cultural competence
  • be more prepared to stay longer and stay effective on the field

For more information, check out

http://www.traininternational.com

or email Mark at

or call 417-621-8962. Better act fast though. Spaces is limited.

3) What’s available in your target language?

Find out what biblical material is produced in the language you love. Here’s a site that indexes over 16,000 International Bibles on the Internet and also includes many different media (printed, audio, DVD etc.). With a multi-lingual interface, it will help immigrant populations to find Bibles in their own languages. Check it out…

http://www.worldbibles.org

7) Short Term Mission Trip to Mexico with Global Recordings

grnDid you know that there are around 300 languages spoken in Mexico and Global Recordings Network has recorded the gospel in many of them? Check out their web site at:

http://www.globalrecordings.net

and type Mexico under “Find by Country” Better yet….Join them for one week to one month during February, giving CD’s and playing recordings of the Gospel to migrant workers in their own indigenous language! There is also a team you can join from Dec. 27 to Jan. 8 (leaving Phoenix, AZ.  $300 total cost). Interested? Call Roland (951)719-1650 or email:

global_recordings

Because every language matters to God!

3) iPhone App Makes Your Language Classes Obsolete

iphoneOK… I’m joking in the title, but this iPhone app does look interesting. Here’s an app featured at lifehacker.com that snaps a picture, then does a translation. WinMobile won’t be far behind, I bet. My winMobile phone already scans business cards, imports the picture into a OCR program, scans and lets you make any corrections needed (none usually needed if the light was good and the font was fairly conservative), then imports the address into your contact list, guessing the correct fields for everything most of the time. So Arabic won’t be far behind. OK… maybe it won’t come before Christmas. But once again, you iPhone types beat us to the punch again! :-) (Thanks for the tip, K in N. Africa.)

See the original review at…

http://lifehacker.com/5389461/pictranslator-turns-your-iphones-camera-into-a-language-translator?skyline=true&s=i

6) Spanish course by missionaries for missionaries

rocaRoca Blanca Spanish Language School teaches Spanish within the context of the largest concentration of unreached people groups in the Western Hemisphere! In Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, there are 16 major language groups with 155 dialects, many within a half day journey from its location on the Pacific coast. The intensive Spanish curriculum is written by missionaries for missionaries, and includes you in occasional evangelistic outreaches into indigenous villages through a mobile medical clinic and children’s work. The course is designed to affirm or supplement missionary training you’ve had. It’s taught by a combination of veteran missionaries whose experience covers several Spanish speaking countries, and by English speaking Mexican nationals. Not for the faint-hearted, but for those who are serious about learning and ministering in Spanish. Check it out at

http://rocablancaspanish.com/

with its likeable links, and feel free to contact Dave with any questions you might have.

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