Studying a Language on Your Own

The primary role of the Language Learning Center is to provide multimedia support for instructors teaching language courses at UF, and for their students. Many of our audio and video materials are designed to accompany textboks and lab manuals used in a course guided by an instructor. Over the years we have accumulated a library of audio and video materials for language study, the most usable of which are listed below.

A strongly motivated independent student might be able to design for himself or herself a course of self-study in certain languages. In some cases, the student would need to obtain a copy of the textbook and/or lab manual. The materials could also be helpful to complement course materials.

Duolingo.com is a helpful free site for beginning the study of English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish.

BBC languages also has some useful materials for beginners in these and other languages.

For more advanced students, a web search should turn up news, home-made videos, and other sources of authentic language. One recommended site is Asymptote Journal, which presents literary texts in the original language and in translation.

The materials listed below are kept in the Language Learning Center and may not be removed.

 

Language Elementary Intermediate/Advanced
Arabic

Alif-Baa, Al-Kitaab: Books and all course materials

SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Level 1 & 2

Tell Me More (on computers)

Al-Kitaab 2 and 3 : Books and all course materials

AUDIO: Eastern Arabic (book and CD)

Moroccan Arabic (book and CD)

Iraqi Arabic (book and CD)

American Sign Language VIDEO: A Panic Course in Signing (1 VHS, introduction to signing by Mike Tuccelli) VIDEO: 23 VHS from Florida First Coast Signing Videos (mostly memoirs and cultural history with no voiced comment)
Chinese

SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Level 1 & 2

Tell Me More (on computers)

VIDEO: Practical Business Chinese (DVD & book)

English

VIDEO: Connect with English (1997), 48 15-min episodes (with books) ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE

SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Levels 1 & 2

VIDEO: Perfect English Pronunciation (2 VHS)

SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Level 3

Farsi SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Levels 1 & 2  
Finnish

AUDIO: Finnish for Foreigners 1 and 2 (book and tape series)

Teach Yourself Finnish (book only)

 
French French in Action (1987),  52 1/2-hour episodes  (with book) ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE.

 

German   Streifzüge durch die deutsche Kulturgeschichte (1991) 52 15-min. episodes, each on a different German town
Hindi AUDIO: Teach Yourself Hindi (Book and audio CD)

VIDEO: New Directions, New People (20 episodes with accompanying CD-ROMs for study)

CD-ROM: Intermediate Hindi Reader

Hungarian SOFTWARE: Talk Now!  
Japanese SOFTWARE: Tell Me More (on computers) VIDEO: Erin's Challenge (book & DVD)
Indonesian

AUDIO: Bahasa Indonesian

SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Level 1

 
Korean

AUDIO: Teach Yourself Korean (audio CD with book)

Pimsleur Basic Korean & Conversational Korean (Audio CD)

SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Level 1

 
Norwegian AUDIO: Spoken Norwegian (Book & audiotapes)  
Portuguese

VIDEO: Travessia, 12 DVD episodes (with books).

AUDIO: Com Licença , Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (Book & audiotapes)

Fast Track European Portuguese

AUDIO: Leituras Brasileiras Contemporaneas
Spanish

VIDEO: Destinos (1992-3),  52  1/2-hour episodes (with book). ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE.

VIDEO: Nuevos Destinos , telecourse for hispanohablantes. ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE

Swahili SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Level 1  
Turkish SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Level 1  
Vietnamese SOFTWARE: Rosetta Stone Level 1  
Xhosa

AUDIO: Teach Yourself Xhosa (Book & audio CD)

Practical Course in Xhosa (book & audio)