I have been trying to learn the Finnish Language by reading the English and Finnish Bibles Simultaneously, using a nice software program that allows me to display the verses in the two languages in two columns, side-by-side.
So I am now seeking some nice software that might help me when I get stuck. Can anyone please give recommendations for me?
Terence Ajbro wrote:
I did very much the same thing as you when I was learning Finnish. I know the Bible and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings very well so I purchased both in Finnish and started reading!
If there is any software for learning Finnish, it is most likely to be in Swedish. It is a pity that Finnish is not as widespread as English is, I just love its regular grammar and orthography!
I have an excellent Finnish grammar in Swedish by a man called "Karlsson", if I remember rightly. The book is also available in English.
Your mention of the use of the Bible as a language learning method is something which I described in a different way in an article a couple of years ago (The Bible as an untapped resource) for using the aligned segments (verses) in the Bible as a machine learning mechanism for MT and TM tools.
As for translation software, I have heard that Pimsleur language learning software is very good. Check out:
The US Foreign Services Institute (FSI) language learning software should also be good. Same website.
I've recently heard of another language learning software program that a colleague has used and has found to be very good. I can look into it.
FYI: One of the best language learning programs that I am aware of is has been offered by the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management (Arizona, USA). Look up "thunderbird management arizona" on google.com and look at first 3 hits.
Their approach is very effective and confirmed by at least 2 people I know who have taken it. One went on to be a linguist and professional translator for many years.
I am not sure if the language program at Thunderbird still exists.