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SPAN 101

We will be learning basic Spanish phrases, vocabulary, and grammar.

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German for beginners (CEFR A1)

Our goal in this class is reaching the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

After this class you will be able to:

Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

Introduce yourself and others and be able to ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have.

Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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toki pona

I am curious if anyone is interested in learning toki pona.

There are already lessons, and I'd more act as a general guide. There are 18 lessons, and we could probably do about 3 a week and you'd be fluent in about a month.

It's a made up language with a rather small community, so it'd be more like learning a game or playing with a toy, but if anyone is interested, I think it'd be fun.


Hey everyone.

I'm making this post as MobiusCoffee so it's less confusing while I talk about stuff on the University of Reddit website.

I plan to use the University of Reddit website to make sure I'm dealing with the people who actually signed up for the course.

My reason for doing this is 3 fold.

I think this will be good for the class, and will allow me to make sure those who are enrolled are taking the class and those who aren't enrolled are effectively auditing the class (as it would be in a normal university). By that I mean, anyone can sit in the subreddit, but only those actually enrolled will get homework and whatnot checked.

I will start next week, but I won't freeze the enrollment I think until maybe two weeks in. I will send a PM to those enrolled letting them know when we will be having our first group discussion.

  • Not everyone has or is able to use Google+ right now, so we'll stick to Skype.

So, to conclude (an old fashioned tldr), to be enrolled in the class through the toki pona class University of Reddit page means you will have your work checked by me and you will know about group discussions.

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German for beginners (CEFR A1) 2012

Our goal in this class is reaching the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

After this class you will be able to:

Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

Introduce yourself and others and be able to ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have.

Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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German for advanced beginners (CEFR A2)

Our goal in this class is reaching the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

After this class you will be able to:

Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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German for intermediates (CEFR B1)

Our goal in this class is reaching the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

After this class you will be able to:

  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

  • Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

  • Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

  • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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German for beginners (CEFR A1) 2013

Our goal in this class is reaching the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

After this class you will be able to:

Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

Introduce yourself and others and be able to ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have.

Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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초급 한국어 제2회, or, Korean 201

(See course prerequisites section to figure out whether or not you can take this)

There are so many 101 courses with nobody following up on it... so I figured that it'd be a good idea to make a 201 because this place needs more stuff for after the "beginning beginner" level of stuff.

The goal of the course is to teach whoever wants to listen about most of the material covered on the Beginner level TOPIK exam. I can't promise that I can get you a good score or whatever, but I can promise to teach you about most of the grammar and some of the vocab that it tests you on.

Once a week for 8 weeks (a.k.a. basically 2 months) starting on Sunday, September 22 (but Saturday the 21st if you're in the American timezones), anyone interested can meet up with me in the r/rugc mumble server (because it's the biggest reddit mumble server I know of) and I'll just talk with whoever shows up about Korean grammar and vocabulary.

Why Mumble instead of videos or whatever? Because I for one would rather have a conversation with a tutor/teacher than watch a video if I were in your shoes. Besides, there are plenty of excellent video series and whatnot on Youtube for learning Korean as it is, all of which I can point you to if you want.

For each week I will have a specific topic to teach (for example, the first week will be about word order and most of the common postpositions that they teach in beginner classes), so if you don't want to learn about that topic you can just ignore it and show up next week or whatever.

Also, we'll use one of those collective "draw with friends" websites like Twiddla or some other online whiteboard website so that we can all use a whiteboard together and I can have a visual component to go with the audio component of talking on Mumble with people. I'll post the link in the Mumble chat and have it as my user comment thing so that people who show up late can join that way.

Look at the Syllabus for specific dates, times, topics, and websites that will be used during the "class sessions" (although academically speaking I suppose that this would be more like a seminar by definition)

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Esperanto 101

A 6-week beginner-level course in Esperanto, covering grammar, basic, everyday vocabulary, and resources for interaction with the Esperanto community.

Esperanto is a language that was created over 125 years ago to be an international second language. It combines aspects of many languages (mostly European) and is specifically designed to be easy to learn. Today, Esperanto is a living language with a worldwide community of up to 2 million speakers.

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Beginner Mandarin Chinese

This course is for people with little to no experience with Mandarin. We will start with basic pronunciation, and then move to basic greetings, and then start working with some beginner level grammatical structures.

The course will take place over 8 weeks. I will be doing a lecture every Wednesday at 8pm EST (UTC-5), starting on October 30th, 2013.

I will be giving these lectures using a VoIP program called Mumble. If you have used Mumble in the past, the information for where to join will be below. If you have not used Mumble before, I will have instructions below for how to set it up. We will also use an online collaborative whiteboard program of some sort, but that will not require any setting up by you prior to class; I will just have a link that I will give to everyone to join.

I would rather use a voice chat software rather than just uploading video lectures so that people can interact with me and one another. You have to speak and listen to the language in order to learn it. However, if the lecture time does not work out at all for you, I will be recording these class periods and uploading them to Youtube for people to watch at a later time.

It is not required that you have a microphone, but it is helpful. But if you don't have one, you will still be able to ask questions using the text chat in Mumble.

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Learn toki pona in a fortnight

Ever wanted to learn a language with only around 120 words? Well now you can! This course teaches the language 'toki pona' in a friendly environment. I'll answer questions you may have and set a bit of 'homework' so you can practise what you learn easily.