Aprende o Português is now available!

You can now download my newest guide, Aprende o Português! It’s more or less constructed the same way as Scoprendo l’italiano!. There are vocabulary lists, verb explanations, and other items of importance in learning Portuguese. This guide focuses on Brazilian and European Portuguese, which are much more different than you might expect. Go to the Language Guides page to download the guide. Note that there aren’t any exercises yet, but I will add them eventually. Have fun learning Portuguese!

Upcoming Language Guides

As my summer vacation is practically half-over, I find myself wondering about what work I have gotten done. Aside from summer homework for AP classes, I started writing my fourth comprehensive grammar guide that includes vocabulary in each section. Aprende o Português, my guide to Portuguese, is well underway, and should be uploaded for you to download and learn from  before the end of August if not sooner. After that, I’ll be overhauling my guide to Hindi (Hindi Sikho), especially in terms of grammar, which might only be finished after the end of August. I will add exercises to the Portuguese and Hindi guides after finishing up the grammar and vocabulary aspects. After that, my Korean guide (한국어를 배워 – Hanguk-eo-reul bae-weo) will also be receiving an overhaul in grammar and vocabulary, but I’m putting that one off for now, because it’s much more massive. Unfortunately, I can’t really provide any cultural information in the Hindi guide, because I haven’t been to all parts of India in order to make any claims or make any statements about overall Indian culture, because each state has its own language and by definition its own culture. As for my Portuguese and Korean guides, I would prefer to have at least traveled to Brazil, Portugal, and Korea, though I could try and do massive amounts of research, but there is no substitute for first-hand observation.  I hope you eagerly anticipate the completion of these language guides!

A Review of Tae Kim’s Guides to Japanese

I recently started using Tae Kim’s Complete Guide to Japanese, which helps even people with no knowledge of Japanese whatsoever get started on learning the language. Though learning to read and write Hiragana and Katakana take some time, it’s well worth it, because Tae Kim’s guide concisely and clearly explains every mechanic of Japanese grammar in conjunction with vocabulary that you would definitely find useful. For all you that fear Kanji like the plague, Tae Kim backs up the argument for the use of Kanji with sound reasoning, and also doesn’t dump twenty Kanji on you every chapter, which is helpful (though I myself would prefer that the font be a little bigger; my eyesight is terrible as it is).

For those you that are like me, preferring to learn a language’s grammar completely, and building vocabulary afterward, he also has a Japanese Grammar Guide, which is equally useful. I personally use a mix of both guides, especially for clarification on more complicated topics.

For all prospective learners of Japanese, I would not consider it an overstatement to call Tae Kim’s Guides to Japanese the definitive Bible of learning Japanese. ありがとうございます、キム-テイサン!