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Friday, March 09, 2012

Friday Free Stuff: Learning languages

Currently I'm teaching myself Latin (reading Latin for Beginners by Benjamin D'Ooge on my ereader during my bus rides) and JavaScript (at home, through Codecademy's course - a very friendly and easy learning curve right from the homepage). (I'm easily amused by the juxtaposition.)

Some of my other favourite language sites include:
  • He Kupu o te Rā - as well as getting a word emailed to you each day, the site has a pile of Māori grammatical information;
  • the Ministry of Education has a scientific Māori dictionary Pūtaiao Online - navigation is in Māori, so look for the "Rapua te Papakupu Pūtaiao" box;
  • Bitesized languages - another 'word of the day' type site for 12 languages, plus language games, language exchanges and question and answer sections (this is a "freemium" model website - some features are free, more advanced features may require a subscription)
Deborah Fitchett Liaison Librarian


What kind of ereader do you use?

Posted by emh49 at Saturday, March 10, 2012 01:09:42

I use a PocketBook 360, which I love because it's so basic, but I wouldn't recommend it for most people as it doesn't deal with the DRM (digital rights management) many publishers put on their ebooks. I think the ones most often used in New Zealand are the Kindle (works with Amazon's books) and the Kobo (works with most other ebookstores, plus library ebooks) but there are other options (including the iPad if you want a whole bunch of other capabilities).

If you're curious about this sort of thing, we're holding a session tomorrow on "How to read an ebook" - you can book at (There'll be a hands-on component, so if you've got a laptop bring it along.)


Posted by djf57 at Monday, March 12, 2012 08:24:19

Hi Deborah,

Will you be running the “How to read an e-book” session again later this year?

Posted by fap17 at Tuesday, April 10, 2012 13:52:33

We didn't get a big sign-up for the session so I'm not sure the best way to run it again. But if you (or anyone else) is interested in the topic then please email me at - if there's enough interest I'd definitely be keen.


Posted by djf57 at Wednesday, May 16, 2012 20:49:57

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