Language Guides

There are a lot really good language textbooks out there (better than mine, to be honest). The problem is that they can be prohibitively expensive for the aspiring langauge learner. No matter who you are, I think you should be free to learn languages and about other cultures, and that it shouldn’t be an exclusive privilege of the rich. Free languages is what the world needs.

This page is dedicated to making my guides available to the internet for download for free. Really, FREE. No payments, secret or otherwise, nothing. This project intended to make the highest quality education in langauges available to those who want to learn.

Beginnings

Starting out as an aspiring polyglot was that I felt awkward about asking my parents to spend ludicrous amounts of money (like $800-3000 USD) to learn languages. It’s pretty crazy. I always knew that learning languages had traditionally been a rich person’s hobby, but frugality was an important value I grew up with.

However, things are very different in India, my parents’ home country. Learning multiple languages is a matter of course, and the average person you pick off the street in India likely speaks at least three languages: Hindi, a regional/state language, and English. Multilingual households of varying economic backgrounds are common in India. In contrast, in the US, multilingualism is rare, and to an extent, society discourages it,due to a combination of English supremacy and xenophobic views of immigrants. So I thought, “Why aren’t we doing this in America? Aren’t we supposed to be diverse and accepting?

The textbook racket in this country makes books, especially on lesser taught languages, moderately to very expensive. Since I’m from a fairly affluent background, it was easier to get the books and references I wanted, but I know that not everybody has that privilege.

How It Works

I write these guides completely on my own, with no help other than books or dictionaries. I only begin to write a guide once I reach B2 on the CEFR scale of langauges. These guides are also exercises in my own knowledge of these languages, and I reference as many sources as possible to make sure what I teach is top notch.

I can’t make any promises on how quickly the books will be produced. Some may be postponed, or even be canceled. All that I can assure you of is that I am working as hard as possible to produce more material. If you’re looking for an interactive way to study, I’m working on Memrise courses for each book. I will try to update/make these courses, as I have time to do so.

Guides

Scoprendo l’italiano!: An Accessible Guide to Italian
Mediafire Download
Memrise Course
Audio Exercises

Aprende o Português!
Mediafire Download
Memrise Course

Un Viatge en el Català!
Mediafire Download
Memrise Course

Hindi Sikho
Mediafire Download
Memrise Course (TBA)

ಕನ್ನಡದ ಪಾಠಗಳು ಅರಂಭಿಗಕ್ಕೆ – Kannada Lessons for the Beginner
Mediafire Download
Memrise Course

If you’d like to help me out with this project, I’d be very grateful. Just fill out the contact form below, and let me know how you want to contribute. Please be aware that I can’t pay you for this, since I do this on my own time!



Language guides slated to be produced (in no certain order):

Korean (the old guide is currently being overhauled; please be patient!)
Mandarin Chinese
German
Arabic
Tamil

Note: I don’t really mind if you use it in your classrooms or lessons. But please don’t claim them as yours. The whole point is that these books are FREE.