I agree that Glossika is a great resource and it's really inexpensive too , but to be honest the PDF I read Chinese was also painful to get through because of all the typos and the fact that Mike quoted himself throughout it. He seems like a really nice guy, but I agree that it'll take some work and more detailed instructions before most people would enjoy using it.
Hi This is Mike. When you said "Mike quoted himself throughout it" it sounds like you're referring to our older, first version from ? But thank you again for being one of the earliest purchasers and I hope our most recent editions appeal to a wider audience. I cannot understand the products. Are they the same product presented in two different ways?
Is it an audio only product or is the PDF integral. Nothing is well-explained on his site. Felix, I'm not sure when you visited the site, but we've spent the last 3 months re-writing everything much more clearly since early comments were similar to yours. The GMS files are for intensive training, someone who's going to be using the material to do dictation and recording on a daily basis. One of our books can be completed in a month using this method. The GSR files are for non-intensive training, for people who are too busy to pick up the book or do any extra work. This method may be easier for people to use during a commute.
You get a lot more repetitions, and the pace is spread out over 3 months. I hope this helps. We're always online and are willing to help. Yes, It has been about three months since I'd paid you a visit, so I must have missed the changes. The intensive vs non-intensive distinction makes sense and is clear. This post had me really interested in knowing more about Glossika, but when I clicked through to the Glossika website I ended up completely confused by the site layout, which seems to have been designed without much thought for the user experience.
Reba, Thank you for your feedback. We're still improving the site layout week-by-week and have several colorful backgrounds and sliders in development. In response to what you mentioned, all of the pages you were looking for have been moved out of the "resources" menu into the first place in the top menu and hopefully that makes it easier to access the information you were looking for. I would be willing to offer you a free product to try as our way of saying "thanks".
You can reach us any time on our gmail address which is simply "glossika". Regards, Mike. I have been using GLossika since it came out with the GMS and found it a little complicated to organize and stick to, but the GSR is perfect plus if you want the same intensity as GMS which I do you can do Basic 1, 2 and even 3 together every day. I was waiting for a post on this method! I've been interested in buy one of the courses but was waiting until a solid review from someone, like yourself, who isn't a grammar head and prefers sentences and immersion.
I bought the GMS Korean when it was first published and was quite excited about it. This was before the website redesign when things were easier to find then. Hopefully the website improves and it will be possible to find the products of interest easier. Unfortunately, I'm not satisfied with the Korean speaker and somewhat satisfied with the translations. However I do not blame Mike Campbell as from what I seen before all the content was wiped from youtube with regard to the Mandarin resources they seem to be really on point and very good.
I personally think this language is very hard to release content for because of the complexity of when to use formal and non-formal language and of course the levels in between. What I can't deal with is how off or extremely lazy the supposedly native speaker is.
I was really hoping for someone that had a Seoul accent and spoke quite clearly. Unfortunately this is not the case and after a few days of doing this I just couldn't bare listening to the person anymore. Given that, I am almost certain that this is a native Chinese speaker who can read and speak with a heavy accent Korean and that Yi Jisoo just translated the English text.
Lastly, I hope eventually that if you continue to add languages Mike, that you add Cantonese in the future as there are limited good quality audio sources for it available out there right now.
This is Jisoo. I translated and recorded for the Korean language. I am indeed a native speaker. I do not know how to prove this that I am a native speaker. I am very sorry that you were disappointed with less than satisfactory recording. After I passed along the content for the first book, I received some feedback and I tried to do a better recording job for the second book.
I have not yet recorded for the third book. I will be as animated and clear as I can. With that being said, I would discourage you from spreading false fact like this book is recoded by a Chinese speaker. Well I wouldn't be able to confirm it anyhow but either way it's not my intent to spread any lies it was just my opinion. I definitely do not want to discourage the work or anything I still think it's a good resource. I just hope that subsequent recordings are better as some of them were quite off. For me the Mandarin products seem more alluring so I'll stick with those for now.
Please allow me to ask further questions. When you wrote "some of them were quite off", what did you mean exactly? Do you mean to say the recording is completely different from what was written? If that's the case, I am sure those are the ones that the company will fix those mistakes and update for the next version. If you would be kind to share those details with the company, please send them an email. Our job is to do the best to provide highest quality possible. I believe Glossika would be more than willing to take the feedbacks and enhance the quality of its products. Regarding the "some of them were quite off":There were some instances between sessions where the audio quality was a bit staticy in some and clearer in others.
And then there was maybe 2 or 3 items that didn't line up with what was in the book. I'll go through the content again and shoot an email to the company about it. Again my apologies for sounding extremely offensive about it, it was just a general issue I personally had listening to the audio. The mass sentences in the book are still extremely useful to have in my studies.
Miguel, I can assure you that I have had many conversations with Jisoo over the past year and he is a very enthusiastic language learner and wants to learn many languages with our method. He has begun learning Chinese and is working through our course himself.
He has lived in the US and understands English perfectly. I put him through several tests to check his Korean and that he could understand English well enough because a lot of our content is very colloquial. It really depends on the situation when such sentences are used! I've used a lot of course books that teach so much formal Korean it's always very awkward when I try conversations with friends. So our course is supposed to be the opposite of a course book and teach you how people "really talk". But we won't be teaching anything that is outright rude or impolite either. My advice is this: Have the same content recorded in four different versions.
Record the identical content, adjusted as necessary. And have four different speakers record everything. Young woman, old woman, young man, old man. Then, as a listener, I can choose the form I wish to listen to, the kind of voice, and the speed. Would it be ok for you to make a video on how you use the GMS to learn your Russian?
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I really want to learn Chinese with this but its a bit difficult on how to approach it even though there is a PDF with instruction. What exactly am I supposed to do because I feel like I'm missing something. I had been looking for such products for years both on the Internet and in numerous bookstores.
It was practically impossible to find anything similar for Russian, while I could find comparable products for German speakers I'm Austrian who wish to study English, Italian, French and Spanish. I have also bought many books for native speakers of Mandarin and Japanese who intend to study English and used them to practise both my Mandarin and my Japanese.
However, I find the content and layout of Mike's products much more interesting and also very useful. I just use them at different times during my study process. So far I have bought the products for Russian and Mandarin. I'm planning to buy them for Thai and Korean too. I'd love to get my hands on an Arabic course and probably many more. There may be some minor "flaws" most of which seem to have been corrected very quickly anyway such as typos etc.
A big thank you to Mike and all the other people involved in this project. I'm an avid language learner myself and having worked as a simultaneous interpreter for more than 20 years now, I also very much appreciate the interpreting exercises you can do with Mike's material. Absolutely fantastic! The system looks so promising. But I will say that their system of file names, acronyms, titles is so odd it's very confusing. Does that mean there are sets of Intro and Expression too? Then looking at the podcast list in iTunes and it reads C, A etc. They need to work how the system functions from a user experience point-of-view.
Do you see that white circle near to words Fluency? Almost every product is "fluency". I find just one with word "intro" Chinese Business Intro , but that is fluency to just look at the white circle. I am a retired teacher who took up he study of Russian seven years ago. During that time I have practiced assiduously every day, and still count myself only a "lower intermediate" even though I have completed the Pimsleur course, used the online materials available from Princeton for the first two years of Russian no longer available , studied many of the materials from Cornell available free online , subscribed to RussianPod, and busuu courses.
All have helped but none has the original approach used by Glossika of spaced repetition GSR fast , supplemented by slower presentation of the same material in three separate formats GMS at a slower rate. I can plug In during my daily walk, the return home to check the written lesson on my computer. The only thing I don't like about the program is that the PDF eBook that accompanies the course allows only four sentences plus translation and pronunciation guides per page, meaning that printing it out uses a lot of paper. I think the writers could squeeze much more material on each page without diminishing the value of the information.
However, I am otherwise very pleased with this method. I have more or less mastered the grammar of the language after all these years! This is the element that was missing. Thanks, Glossika! I have been struggling with what might be called the Yale Bryn Mawr method since it was invented in such places. Liz likely will recall that series which features videos with a goon squad of Americans trying to pick up a Russian girl named Tania.
I tried that, made trips down to phelps place in DC to the Russian equivalent of Goethe house, and I have the basic ability to ask Gdzheya toahlet? In the future I believe we will be looking at the GSM plan as kind of the unified field theory of learning Russian which as many will recall is already peculiarly suited to this method based on its constant use of multi word expressions, e.
Nothing for me has worked prior to GSR in my experience. I would note however that regardless of how good one self study method is, particularly in Russian, you will have to eventually eedeetee nah mahskva as nothing can substitute for the locals. This puts hard and soft sound znaks at the end of the alphabet along with the b Eig sound.
Can you post a sample page? Not the table of contents…or can you tell me if each page is a list of sentences? About how many sentence per page? Is there a hard copy version of each book. As a native Chinese living in mainland China, I would say some of the Chinese sentences are not very grammatically proper. They sound more like literal translations from English samples. Both the question and answer are problematic.
Mike's project is very promising, and I like the fact that he's targeting so many languages and the whole philosophy I've actually purchased several of his products. The person doing the recordings has a very standard and clear accent, but she exaggerates some of the pronunciations to the point where it sounds so artificial, that even experts in phonetics and diction would knit their eyebrows in contempt. But it gets worse: fortunately, Spanish and English are not that different, and Mike is aware of many of the differences, but every now and then you can catch a sentence that ONLY an English speaker can find natural, while sounding utterly weird to a Spanish native speaker.
There are a few of those, and a couple of them are shockingly weird, that unless you translate them literally to English, where they are perfectly natural, that you have to stop and think what they mean. There are a few sentences that no Spanish native speaker would ever say, and yet there they are. A lot of people would have freely checked those sentences for free, but obviously no one has, or at least, no one who is not afraid of challenging a graduate in linguistics.
Some of them deserve a merciful death, to put it mildly, even though the rest is fine. The answer keys at the back of the book show the Russian-English translation as well as the English-Russian translation of the exercises. The translation exercises at the end of each lesson and their corresponding answer keys at the back of the book. Translation is probably the best way to test whether or not you really understand the grammar and vocabulary taught in the lessons, and this book gives you plenty of opportunities to test yourself in this manner.
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If you want to learn Russian, buy this book and work through the lessons. The only major drawback is that you'll never really learn proper pronunciation without listening to native Russians speak the language in this case join our chat with native Russians , and this book doesn't have tapes to accompany it. Other than that, however, you won't find a better book for beginners who want to learn Russian.
Many people study languages and in the process learn many words they may not actually need. Any serious student of language will find such a reference most valuable. This book literally lists the most frequently used words in order of occurrence in normal conversation and writing. It is perhaps wise to note that language is a dynamic beastie and words may shuffle in the frequency of use, even inviting new words into the process. It is a work built upon past efforts to document usage patterns , expanded to include more than simply what you would need to pass a scholastic requirement.
But remember, this is a list, not a textbook. There are examples of usage offered for the first words as well as tenses , but no detailed explanations of application. He will help to learn to speak, read and write in Russian, will lay the foundation on which you can enhance the knowledge further. The modern rate "Russian without problems" is based on an effective method which since is used for training in the diplomatic academy of the USA. In the first fourteen chapters, the most important and basic elements for beginners are selected to learn Russian.
If you are able to devote to a rate of only 30 minutes in a day, then in several weeks you will be able already to learn to speak on primary subjects and to understand written … The method of natural training is the basis for a rate, that is we will begin with studying of sounds, then phrases and separate words and then offers.
And to repeat everything that you need — to listen to an audio recording after the announcer for whom Russian is native. Listen, you speak, plunge into language. This full course covers all aspects of language — skills of oral speech, the letter and grammar. In the book, you will find the translation into English of all texts of an audio recording and short explanations in each lesson.
The first five lessons belong to an explanation of rules of a pronunciation that is a basis for studying new words, phrases and grammar. If you already studied earlier Russian that can use the book for repeating and as the reference book on grammar, is tables of irregular verbs and the reference book on correspondence here. The interesting, cheerful and entertaining illustrated thematic dictionary will be your faithful assistant in studying Russian. The benefit contains pourochno the distributed language and speech material. Illustrations, photos, drawings, schemes, tables.
The edition acquaints students with the sound system of Russian, with the main types of intonational designs. Grammatical material is presented in the form of typical and communicative and significant speech samples. The textbook is calculated on hours and consists of an introduction fonetiko-grammatical course in which letters, sounds, an accent and intonation of Russian, and a basic course in detail are considered. The first part of a basic course is devoted to studying of prepositional and case system of singular of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, and numerals; the aspectual-temporal system of the Russian verb.
In the second part plural of nouns, adjectives, pronouns, and numerals are studied.
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The textbook is universal — in is mute data of the comparative analysis of Russian and native language of pupils aren't considered. Independent work on the Internet with the use of the websites corresponding to the studied lexical and grammatical subject is offered to pupils. In the collection lexicon, limited, urgent for the initial stage of training, corresponding to subjects is used:. The book lights the following sections:. The benefit is intended for the foreigners having elementary preparation on Russian and learning Russian on short-term rates.
The benefit purpose - activation of language knowledge and enhancement of skills of oral informal conversation. The benefit is expected - class periods depending on terms of training and level of training of foreign pupils. Illustrated Russian Grammar. Covers all the key points of elementary Russian grammar. Practice exercises. A comprehensive table of regular and irregular Russian verbs. Can be used for self-study or as a supplement to any textbook.
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