Wouldn’t it be nice to improve your stays in other countries by understanding what the people around you are speaking about?
Modern ways to learn languages can help you to know the most important words you need to communicate in your holidays. The vocabulary is arranged by different contexts so that you will be able to learn it thematically. Several lists of vocabulary lists cover authentic holiday situations for an enjoyable reading and listening experience.
A list of the English based courses you will find on the bottom of this page, for German based courses have a look at ‘Kurse in deutscher Unterrichtssprache’. To find out which languages are spoken in the countries of interest for you go to ‘Useful Informations’, please – there you will find a lot of additional informations about the language(s) you are interested in, also some basic vocabulary.
There are various forms of tests to systematically enhance your knowledge. The different learning methods will appeal to all learner types.
The following types of learning and test are available to you:
The long term memory method
With this unique method you will learn all the words without ever forgetting them afterwards! Choose the number of words you want to commit to memory from a unit and test your knowledge on the computer. As soon as you have correctly translated a word for the fifth consecutive time the computer replaces it by a new one.
The ultra-long term memory method
Just as with the long term memory method you will be asked each item of vocabulary five times. However the interval between the repetitions will double with every new round.
At the beginning of each learning period a word will be repeated the following day as it is brand new. The gap between the fourth and fifth repetition, however, will be eight days. This is because the longer the interval between two repetitions is the better you will keep the words in mind.
Both the LTM method and the Ultra-LTM method can be used for multiple-choice exercises, spelling exercises and the quick repetition.
Use your keyboard to type in the correct translation. This will also help you practice your spelling.
Read or listen to parts of the word lists, the vocabulary or the exercises and choose the correct answer from the options given.
You wil be given a word onscreen. Try getting the translation right.You can switch between the language you are learning and English to check if you have found the right answer.
You can read the word lists or the individual words on screen or you can print them and take them with you to study while you are travelling.
With this options you can display the words on your screen. You can read, listen to or print them. You can choose how long it takes for each word to be replaced by the next in line.
Dictionary and search
Enter a word in the search engine and have it translated for you.
Passages from the English text or the text in the language you are learning can be blackened out. Try to get the correct translation!
Read, listen to or print the words. You can choose whether the English form or the word in the language you are learning will be shown.
You can print the word lists or individual words onto index cards to be more flexible. You will be able to take them with you when you are travelling. A print version is available for this purpose.
Listen to the vocabulary and to parts of the word lists. Test your knowledge of the words and their spelling by typing the correct answer on your keyboard.
Albanian is official language in Albania and Kosovo and official minority language in Macedonia, Montenegro, Italy and Serbia but there are a lot of Albanian speakers in Greece and Turkey as well. Modern Albanian is written in Latin letters (36 for there are some special ones). Like all the other English based courses on this page the course is interactive and multi-media based and compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. There are German based courses (s. 'Kurse in deutscher Unterrichtssprache' - Albanisch) 'Express', 'Basic', 'Advanced', a special one for children in the age of 5 - 10 years, s. 'Sprachkurse für Kinder', and a dictionary, s. 'Wörterbücher'.
Arabic is spoken by 300 000 000 people in: Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Iraq, Israel, Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Chad, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates und Western Sahara. German based courses (Arabisch) you will find at 'Kurse in deutscher Unterrichtssprache' and at 'Afrikanische und Semitische Sprachen'.
see above. In spite to the English based language courses which are offered in a Egyptian and a Moroccan version only the German based ones distinguish between Arabic spoken in Egypt (aegyptisches Arabisch), in Lebanon (libanesisches Arabisch), in Marocco (marokkanisches Arabisch), in Syria (syrisches Arabisch), in Tunesia (tunesisches Arabisch) and the modern HighArabic (Hocharabisch) based from the Alcoran but modernized in all the centuries.
Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) and Bahasa Melayu (Malaysian) have their riots in the same Austronesian language which has been influenced by Sanskrit, Chinese, Tamil and Hindi and has been written in Arabic letters but in other areas also in an lettering system by its own. So when the Netherlands became colonial power in Indonesia they already found a lingua franca in place. First differences between an Indonesian idiom and and an Malaysian one can be seen in the 16th century but the official birth of Bahasa Indonesia was the proclamation of independence of Indonesia and the appointment of the dialect of Jakarta to the official language. Today Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of 250 000 000 people. Besides the English based course we offer German based courses, a course for children in the age of 5 - 10 years and a dictionary, see 'Kurse in deutscher Unterrichtssprache', 'Sprachkurse für Kinder' und 'Wörterbücher: Indonesisch'
Bahasa Malaysia (bahasa melayu)
see above - bahasa melayu is official language in Malaysia, Singapore (besides Chinese, English and Tamil) and Brunei (although there are a lot of Chinese and English speakers in Brunei, too). Bahasa melayu is spoken in the three muslim provinces in the South of Thailand and in the South of the Philippines, also by minorities in Myanmar/Burma and Hong Kong. You can have German based courses as well, s. 'Kurse in deutscher Unterrichtssprache'. Of course there also is a dictionary, s. 'Malaysisch Wörterbuch'.
Bosnian is official language in Bosnia and Herzegovina (in both entities but in Republika Srpska [Република Српска] often written in Cyrilic lettering instead of the usual Latin alphabet), spoken also by many people in Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. It's similar to Serbian and Croatian. We also offer German based language courses and dictionaries of all three languages, also special ones for children in Croatian and Serbian.
Bulgarian is official language in Bulgaria and one of the official languages of the European Union. It's also spoken by minorities in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey and Greece. It's written in a special version of Cyrilic lettering. Besides the English based one courses are also available in German. We also offer a dictionary (s. Bulgarisch Wörterbuch)
Catalan is official language in Andorra and besides Spanish regional official language in parts of Spain (Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza with the local dialects of Mallorqui, Menorqui and Eivissanc), it's spoken also in parts of France (NorthCatalonia = the southern part of the country) and Italy (Alghero/Sardinia). Catalan forms a connection between Gallo-Romance languages and Iberian Romance languages, this way it can be learnt easily not only by people with knowledges in spanish or Portuguese (similar grammar) but also by people who have learnt French (similar vocabulary), Latin skills will be useful, too, of course. You will find an English based course and German based courses with a special version for Mallorqui and dictionaries.
Chinese is the most spoken mother tongue of the world and official language in the People Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan), Hong Kong (besides English), Macau (besides Portuguese) and Singapore (besides Bahasa Melayu, Tamil and English). It's also spoken by a lot of people in Malaysia and Indonesia and Chinese expats all over the world. There are several different dialects and two versions of writng. Besides the English based course German based ones are available with versions for Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghai dialect and for children in the age of 5 - 10 years, also dictionaries, s. Wörterbücher.
Croatian is official language in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzigovina, Montenegro and regional in a part of Serbia (Vojvodina), it's spoken in these countries and by a lot of expats in Europe, Australia and NorthAmerica. We also offer German based courses, dictionary and a special course for children.
Czech is official language in the Czech Republic and one of the official languages of the European Union but also spoken by a lot of people in Slovakia and Austria. Besides the English based course there are German based ones, a dictionary with about 15000 entries and a course for children.
Danish is official language in Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands and one of the official languages of the European Union, it's official minority language in northern parts of Germany (Schleswig), also spoken by a lot of people in Iceland, Sweden, Canada, Argentina and the USA. We offer English and German based language courses, a course for children and a dictionary with 9000 entries.