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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

If you want to learn a new language for work or for leisure, this online 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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Getting started with French 2

This two-week course offers you the opportunity to discuss food, your likes and dislikes as well as to shop or order food. Little by little, you will improve your ability to make more sophisticated conversations and to understand more complex language in a variety of different scenarios. You will also find out facts about France and French habits. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXF002 Beginners French 2: bien sûr! 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 2

Starting at a typical breakfast table in a German-speaking country, this course will build your vocabulary, teach you how to express your likes and dislikes and introduce you to grammatical concepts that will improve your ability to hold sophisticated conversations in German and understand more complex language in a variety of different scenarios. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXG002 Beginners German 2: mit Vergnügen! 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 3

  Have you previously learned some basic Chinese and now want to go a step further? This third introductory course in the Getting started with Chinese series will help you consolidate your language skills and provide you with some essential vocabulary and expressions to improve your Chinese in everyday situations. You will practice speaking, listening, writing and reading through a variety of online activities that will allow you to enjoy the full experience of immersing into the Chinese language and culture.   This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXC003 Beginners Chinese 3: 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 French 3

In this course you will learn how to ask for directions in French. Along the way, you will build up your vocabulary so little by little you will be able to have more complex conversations and understand more French language in a variety of different scenarios. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXF003 Beginners French 3: absolument! 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 1

Almost 100 million people speak German as their main language. Most of them live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, making German one of the most widely-used languages in Europe. Although now associated with economic success and advances in science and technology, German has a long-standing reputation as the language of poets and thinkers, die Sprache der Dichter und Denker. The German speaking countries are also a popular tourist destination, offering visitors a great variety of landscapes - from the sandy beaches in the North to the majestic alps in the South, not to forget hills, lakes, rivers, vineyards and the historic and buzzing cities of Berlin, Zürich and Vienna. In this 2-week course you will go on a journey through Germany, Austria and Switzerland and introduce you to the language skills you need to start understanding and using German. You will start from the basics - simple greetings, introducing yourself and using numbers. Progressing towards being able to join conversations in German and to understand and use the language in a variety of scenarios. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXG001 Beginners German 1: fang an! 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 French 1

Whether you want to visit, work or live in a French-speaking environment, you will get more out of the experience if you can communicate effectively with people. In this short course you will begin to develop your reading and listening skills in French and learn to speak and write the language to communicate in everyday situations. You will acquire a knowledge of the basic structures of French along with key vocabulary to meet and greet people and to talk about yourself and others. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXF001 Beginners French 1: eh oui! 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 Italian 1

Are you fascinated by the Italian culture and lifestyle, cuisine, historic cities, art and beautiful landscapes? Have you always loved the sound and musicality of the Italian language? Perhaps you’ve visited an Italian city and wished you could chat with local people. Or maybe you would like to be able to read a menu, talk about yourself, or talk about yours or other people’s jobs. Whatever your reasons for learning Italian, this two-week course gives you a chance to start a new exciting learning experience. You’ll start from the basics to ordering food and drinks at the bar. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXI001 Beginners Italian 1: primi passi. 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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Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course

Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course, provides a brief introduction to the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, and how words are formed. You will hear short conversations where people greet each other and introduce themselves, and learn how to ----- from one to ten. You’ll learn different ways of saying your name and greeting people, as well as give your telephone number. This OpenLearn course is introductory material for absolute beginners in Chinese.

Free course
4 hrs
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Getting started with Chinese 1

Have you always wanted to learn how to speak Mandarin Chinese? Are you fascinated by the sound, the script and its ancient civilisation? If so, this introduction will get you started on the essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening in Chinese through a variety of online activities. A perfect introduction for absolute beginners! This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXC001 Beginners Chinese 1. 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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Teaching Spanish pronunciation

Welcome to this free course Teaching Spanish pronunciation.This short course is aimed at teachers of Spanish working in the United Kingdom who wish to extend their theoretical knowledge on teaching Spanish pronunciation. It offers ideas and practical skills that can be used in the classroom, be that virtual or face-to-face. This course will explore intelligibility, fluency, foreign accent, language variation, articulation and acoustics. The course is suitable for all levels of linguistic competence and at all levels of education. The course is divided into 5 weeks.

Free course
15 hrs
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