I’ve always loved hearing the rich tones of people speaking their native tongue. Probably because my high school Spanish class was so full of students (myself included) torturing words and botching the accent. Back then, they equipped us with a cassette tape so we could hear the language spoken correctly.
It’s too bad sites like Mango weren’t around then. Mango is a site featuring several free language learning courses, each loaded with digital audio and flash animation that highlights the pronunciation of every word. Select from languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and German. There are also courses in English for speakers of these other languages, so it could be very helpful if you’re an ESL teacher. –BILL FERRIS