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The US Department of State is giving out scholarships to students to study what, in their opinion, are the best languages to learn. They have chosen 13 languages which are deemed crucial to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

Korean Scholarship Winner, 2013

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Winner of 2013 CLS Scholarship to study the Korean language

The list is as follows:

Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish or Urdu.

While some are perfectly understandable, others are curious to say the least. Let’s go down the list, shall we?


Read More At Best Languages to Learn According to the US Government: They’ll Even Fund Your Study.

At my other website, I give review software and provide video demonstrations of software to help you learn Korean (e.g., click here: http://ebestlanguagelearningsoftware.com/learn-korean-software/)

But, of course, I’m not the only one. There are other very useful and interesting blogs which help you to learn Korean as well. Here is a list of some of them which you should check out:

Good Luck in your quest to learn Korean!

If you really want to learn Korean, you can check out a demonstration of Rosetta Stone Korean at Learn Korean Software

But in terms of little tips and shortcuts, I think this infographic from Coolpicsbro.com is just amazing:


Please check out our site about Mandarin Learning Software for more detailed recommendations, but in the meanwhile, here are some questions and answers about the Best Language Learning Software For Mandarin.


Best Language Learning Software Mandarin

Mary asks…

Any good sources/books etc. to help learning Chinese?

I’ve recently started a Chinese language course at university (along with History) and would love to find out if anyone knows of some good websites or software (etc.) which would help with learning aspects of the Chinese (Mandarin) language – i.e. characters, vocab etc.


anita answers:


It’s a paid for service but they give free trials and samples and it is really good. There’s loads of good stuff online and loads of free stuff.
Also, http://www.ted.com has lots of videos in English with transcripts in Chinese and youtube has lots of Chinese songs online with Chinese subtitles and some of them have translations into English as well. There are also lots of Chinese teaching videos on youtube.

John asks…

Engineering student looking to learn Chinese?

I’d like to self-teach myself so that I have the option of working in China or with Chinese engineers in the future. Any advice on what dialect is most commonly spoken by Chinese engineers? Also, any recommendations on self-teaching language software would be great too! Thanks for the help!

anita answers:

Chinese in use:
Mainland China: Mandarin, simplified character
Taiwan: Mandarin, tranditional character
Hongkong: Cantonese, tranditional character
Singapore: Mandarin, simplified character

So it depends on where you’re gonna work.
Nearly all people I know who is learning Chinese chose Mandarin. More and more of them chose to use simplified characters.

I don’t know about self-teaching language software .You can I ask someone here http://forum.chinesepod.com/

Donna asks…

Is there a good site on the internet to use to learn Chinese (Mandarin?)?

Pay sites are OK if they’re worthwhile. Does anybody have any experience?

anita answers:

Well, since you mention you wouldn’t mind paying, I’d highly reccomend the Rosetta Stone software or website subscriptions, they are known as the best and most efficient way to learn languages, and are used frequently by government, military, and corporations to train their employees when sending them abroad.

The level 1 software is around $200, or if you use the subscription website, that’s around $40-50 a month. It sounds pricey, but their instructional method is the best in the field and allows you to absorb quicker.


A free method, though not as detailed can be found at the Languages site operated by the BBC:

David asks…

I wanna learn standard Cantonese (speaking,grammar,etc).Where can I get the Cantonese dictionary?

I am very interested in learning language. Now, I intend to learn Cantonese includes the grammar, speaking, writing,etc. To help me to do so, I really need some sources and references like dictionary and software to learn it. May I know any website that allow me to get such information? Of course, I also interested in any other kind of language.

anita answers:

Err, Cantonese is a dialect. There’s really no “Cantonese” dictionary. Any dictionary would be in Chinese, and however you say the characters depends on what dialect you want to use. Take the number one, which is written like this: –. Just a line across. Now, that’s what a Chinese-English dictionary will show you if you look up the number “one”. However, you pronounce it “ee” in Mandarin or “yut” in Cantonese.

Unfortunately, Cantonese is weird. THere’s spoken, common Cantonese, and there’s what’s actually written. Written is really formal, and regular Cantonese people don’t talk like that. The best way to learn the spoken stuff is to get a Cantonese movie with subtitles and just watch it. Unless you can get an actual person to tutor you.

Sharon asks…

Best tools to learn to read Chinese characters?

What’s the best software online or program/course online that can teach me to read Chinese characters with transaction in Cantonese and not Mandarin since I already know how to listen/speak in Cantonese but cannot read? I do not need to know how to write just to read Chinese characters)

anita answers:

Depending on your situation, I recommend using “two software- Cantonese Conversation Learning in 3 Months” and “Jia-Ming Learning Cantonese.” These two language interface programmes are all mandarin Chinese and can help you read Chinese characters. You can also subscribe to the Chinese newsletters from http://www.echineselearning.com/newsletter/index.html which are fashionable, interesting and useful and can make your reading more effective.
Answer from Jennifer Zhu, Professional Chinese Teacher from http://www.eChineseLearning.com
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Betty asks…

Help with a short translation to Mandarin, please?

How would you write down the following line, please? No software translations, I can do that myself and I simply don’t trust them (does anybody?)

“You are the most beautiful flower of the East.
Thank you for cheering me up with your smile every day.”

Thank you!

anita answers:

Hi, I’m Jennifer, an online Chinese language teacher from eChineseLearning.

Nǐ shì dōnɡfānɡ zuì měilì de huā.
You are the most beautiful flower of the East.

“花 (huā) flower” in this sentence refers to a lady.

Xièxiè nǐ měitiān yònɡ wēixiào ɡǔlì wǒ.
Thank you for cheering me up with your smile every day.

By the way, I’d love to share a website which provides all kinds of free Chinese learning materials with free audios:

Please feel free to contact me at Jennifer.zhu@echineselearning.com if you still have questions, I’m always happy to hear from you.

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To find out more about the Mandarin Language, you can read the Wikipedia article here.




Have you ever wondered how Rosetta Stone English works? Well, here is a live demonstration for you recorded on video.

As you can see, there are exercises, pronunciation guides and other features.

This is the most popular language learning software in the world, so you may find it perfect for you. If you are interested in purchasing it click on the links below.

If you want to see other English language learning software you can click on our reviews here.

For other questions on Rosetta Stone English, you can see some of the best answers below.


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Jenny asks…

Is Rosetta Stone English worth promotion points?

I noticed on AKO’s skill port, Rosetta Stone english is listed in courses able to be taken. Even though english is my first 

Read More at Rosetta Stone English – See Exactly How It Works

For those of you that want to to learn the English language you can check out our webpage.

While all languages have their different accents and dialects, English might have the most of them all, because it is such a widespread language.

Here is a woman, Amy Walker, who is putting on 21 different accents. Most of them are English, and they sound so different from one another.

I wonder, which one is her real accent? It is difficult to tell.

Someone said she is from Wisonson in the US. But I think she is British, probably from London. But who knows?

What do you think?

At our I Want To Learn French webpage, we help you decide on the best software for you to learn French.
We are firm believers that learning languages is an excellent way to expand your mind. Indeed, one interesting thing about different languages is that each has a vocabulary which sees reality in slightly different ways. In fact, there are words which express concepts that don’t even exist in other languages.


For example, with French:

English supposedly has the largest vocabulary of any languages in the world (7x more words than French !), and well-educated people typically know less than 10% of them. There would be too many English words and nuances that do not exist in other languages (thousands in French, Italian or Japanese), but much less the other way round. Here are examples of the occasional French words that do not have an exact translation in English, or not in a single word.

Read more at http://www.eupedia.com/europe/missing_words_english.shtml

The list is really fascinating, and it really makes you see how various people can see the world so differently.