SurfaceLanguages contains thousands of words, sentences, phrases and expressions covering a wide variety of situations in many different foreign languages. Each subject contains sentences and phrases (with audio) which are relevant to the situation described.
Where a language has its own alphabet or script (e.g. russian which uses the cyrillc alphabet or Greek using the Greek script), you can choose to learn the language using the native alphabet or a romanised version.
The romanised version of the alphabet attempts to mimic the sounds of the native language as closely as possible.
You can choose between the scripts from Options. This is only visible where a language has a non-roman alphabet.
A very effective method of improving fluency and expanding vocabulary in a language is through learning sentences. Each language has around 500 sentences, audio and flashcards.
These further sentences, are sentences that I have come across when speaking the languages that I am learning and are more idiosynchratic and often more colloquial. These are in general not the type of sentences that you are likely to find in a phrasebook, either because of the content of because I'm trying to remember a particular grammatical point or word.
Speed up the learning process by learning the highest frequency words first.
Some basic beginner language courses along with audio.
I have always enjoyed using proverbs, partly for the kernel of knowledge contained and partly because they are neat. They also contain insights into culture. The same can be said for idioms.
Thes are sayings and proverbs I have come across in my ramblings and which particuarly appeal to me.
If you have any favourite proverbs or sayings in any of the world languages, drop me a line here and I will add them.