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Getting started on ancient Greek free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Getting started on ancient Greek

This free course, Getting started on ancient Greek, offers a taster of the ancient Greek world through the study of one of its most distinctive and enduring features: its language.The course approaches the language methodically, starting with the alphabet and effective ways to memorise it, before building up to complete Greek words and sentences. Along the way, you will see numerous real examples of Greek as written on objects from the ancient world.

Free course
16 hrs
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What happens to you when you read? free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

What happens to you when you read?

Ever wondered about the psychology of literature or stories? Or how a certain narrative might change our attitude or perspective? This free course, What happens to you when you read? explores our relationship with books and the ways in which engaging with fiction in particular can change readers.  Research shows that as well as providing us with a form of entertainment, the activity of reading can bring benefits to our wellbeing in challenging times. People have experienced and explored these benefits throughout history. A good story can entertain us, develop our creativity and imagination, and transport us to different fictional worlds, but it can change us psychologically as well. Transcript As you work your way through this course, you will have the chance to participate in both reading and writing activities and experience for yourself what happens to you when you read.

Free course
3 hrs
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Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course free course icon Level

Languages 

Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course

This free course, Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course, provides a brief introduction to the Tamil language and its scripts and sounds. You will learn how to greet people and introduce yourself, as well as how to ----- from one to ten. You will also be introduced to Tamil society and culture and will learn about the food and music popular in Tamil-speaking societies. This introductory course offers you a chance to start an exciting new learning experience and learn a new language, with a range of activities.  

Free course
4 hrs
Getting started with Italian 3 free course icon Level

Languages 

Getting started with Italian 3

In this free course, Getting started with Italian 3, you will learn and practise how to make enquiries about travel times using the 12-hour and 24-hour clock. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the Tuscan Archipelago and about ferry services in Italy. The course also explores the Italian rail network and you'll learn vocabulary for talking about different types of train. The course offers interactive activities which will allow you to practise your listening and speaking skills, and there are quizzes so that you can test your learning.

Free course
8 hrs
Getting started with Italian 2 free course icon Level

Languages 

Getting started with Italian 2

In the free course, Getting started with Italian 2, you will learn and practise how to ask and say the time in Italian. This will include learning and practising how to ask and say the time using the 24-hour clock, which is commonly used for arrival and departure times and for the opening and closing of shops and services. The course offers interactive activities which will allow you to practise your listening and speaking skills, and there are quizzes so that you can test your learning.

Free course
8 hrs
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Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema free course icon Level

Languages 

Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema

This free course, Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema, will help you discover aspects of French and francophone cinema. At the same time, you will also focus on grammatical points, such as expressing a comparison in French or understanding the structure of a sentence in the infinitive. Part of the materials will be in English, but the course is mainly in French.     

Free course
6 hrs
Getting started with Spanish 3 free course icon Level

Languages 

Getting started with Spanish 3

This free course will take you some steps further in your journey toward learning Spanish. You should have some previous knowledge of Spanish, whether you have studied Getting Started with Spanish 1 and Getting Started with Spanish 2, or because you have learned Spanish elsewhere. This free course will allow you to practise some very useful skills, such as how to greet people in different contexts, how to invite friends to go out with you, and how to accept or decline their invitations.  This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course LXS003 Beginners Spanish 3: ¡Adelante! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning. 

Free course
8 hrs
Getting started with Spanish 2 free course icon Level

Languages 

Getting started with Spanish 2

This free course is your next step to continue your journey learning Spanish, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. You should have some knowledge of Spanish, either because you have studied Getting started with Spanish 1 or because you have learned Spanish elsewhere. In this free course you will work with audio and interactive activities to practise the skills you need to talk about everyday activities you do, including how to tell the time. You will also learn the present tense form of some common verbs and how to pronounce the ‘r’ sound. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course LXS002: Beginners Spanish 2: ¡En marcha! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning.

Free course
6 hrs
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Getting started with German 3 free course icon Level

Languages 

Getting started with German 3

  You'll start this course by building your vocabulary with language to use whilst shopping, such as items of clothing, colours, and how to ask for help. Then, in Week 2, you'll learn how to talk about television programmes and statistics. The course will give you opportunity to practise expressing preferences, asking for and giving permission and apologising. You'll also learn how to use separable verbs. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXG003 Beginners German 3: richtig so! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!  

Free course
8 hrs
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Languages 

Getting started with Chinese business culture essentials

Business dealings with China are on the increase. As a result, more and more organisations and business people are realising the need of doing more than just adhering to the rules of Chinese etiquette (such as presenting business cards with both hands) or the ‘dos and don'ts’ (such not opening gifts in front of your hosts) to have successful business meetings. What is needed is the understanding of the much broader context of Chinese culture and values that permeate Chinese business contexts so as to engage in enduring business relationships.  This short course is designed to introduce some core Chinese cultural beliefs and values, highlight some potential challenges and bring in stories and reflections from Westerners who have lived and worked in China. A perfect introduction to doing business with China. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXC050 Chinese business culture essentials. After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!

Free course
6 hrs
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Getting started with Chinese 2 free course icon Level

Languages 

Getting started with Chinese 2

Have you always wanted to speak Chinese? Have you even started learning a few basic words and expressions? If so, this course will give you more essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of online activities. A perfect online short course to develop further the skills needed to speak and understand simple Chinese in everyday contexts! This OpenLearn course is an extract from the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXC002 Beginners Chinese 2: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!

Free course
8 hrs
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Getting started with Spanish 1 free course icon Level

Languages 

Getting started with Spanish 1

If you want to learn a new language for work or for leisure, this free course will introduce you to one of the most widely spoken languages in the world – Spanish. Whether this is the first time that you are learning Spanish, or you have already picked up some words and phrases from travelling across the Spanish-speaking world, this course is for you.  This introduction offers the perfect opportunity to develop the skills needed to communicate effectively in Spanish in everyday contexts. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXS001 Beginners Spanish 1: ¡Empezamos!. After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning.

Free course
8 hrs
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