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BBC Languages Review

*A totally free language learning website 

BBC languages review: what can we get from BBC languages?

- 12 essential words/ phrases in 40 languages

- Guides to 20 most widely spoken languages

- Good quality video lessons for beginners in 7 languages

A. 12 ESSENTIAL WORDS/ PHRASES IN 40 LANGUAGES

Program’s name: Quick Fix

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix/

Languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, and 29 more.

Examples of words/ phrases taught (it may be different depending on each language)

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Welcome!
  4. Pleased to meet you.
  5. Hello.
  6. Goodbye.
  7. Thank you.
  8. My name is…
  9. Do you speak English?
  10. I’m sorry. I don’t speak……
  11. I need help.
  12. Where is the toilet, please?

The website provides the transcript, audio, translation, and pronunciation key for these phrases.

Extra holiday phrases for most popular languages

For Chinese, German, French, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, BBC gives extra phrases for those who intend to spend their holiday in the country where these languages are spoken.

For example, German has more than 80 phrases and these phrases are divided into topics like accommodation, food and drink, shopping, getting around, skiing, social phrases, etc.

These phrases are good for: everyone who wants to know how to say basic phrases in the language, especially travelers.

B. GUIDES TO 20 MOST WIDELY SPOKEN LANGUAGES

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/guide/

Languages: German, French, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and 12 more.

Each language guide includes:

  • 10 interesting facts about the languages
  • 20 key phrases
  • The alphabet
10 Facts about Hindi, help  to choose a language to learn

10 facts about Hindi, click on the translation button to read the Hindi script version and listen to a native Hindi speaker reading these facts.

Good Hindi Joke From BBC, fun language learning

A good Hindi joke

These guides are good for: people who want to have an overview of a language. The guides also give valuable information to help learners in deciding a language to learn.

C. GOOD QUALITY VIDEO LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS IN 7 LANGUAGES

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

Languages: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Greek, Portuguese and Chinese.

What is in each language course?

  • 10-20 video lessons, which teach the language used in common daily situations.
  • Grammar and word use explanation.
  • Reinforcing exercises.

Lesson topics

(Example from German course)

  • Greet people
  • Order drinks
  • Talk about your family
  • Check in at a hotel
  • Ask for directions
  • Talk about what you do
  • Order a meal
  • Say where you’re from
  • Buy train tickets
  • Buy food and souvenirs

Other information

Compared to other languages on BBC, French has the largest number of lessons.

Spanish and Italian videos are in drama style. This makes learning more fun.

These video lessons are good for:

  • Learning the basics to prepare for your travel/ business trip to the country.
  • Supplementing your primary course.

*A Note on Using the Website

BBC courses, although containing useful information and lessons for beginners, it cannot be used as the primary resource for language learning.

BBC has stopped supporting its language teaching program for some years now.

 

 

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I tried my best to give you the information as detailed and exact as I could (for I understand that if you choose a wrong program, it will cost you more time, money and energy to achieve your learning goal). Despite that there might be points that I need to be more specific, or points that I was wrong. If you know the program well, please help me, as well as other learners, by giving your opinions about the program in the comment section below.

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