LibriVox Language Learning Collection Vol. 001


This collection is part of an initiative to create a language learning resource at LibriVox. The LibriVox Language Learning Collections contain readings from various language learning books, grammars, primers, phrasebooks, dictionaries, readers and even other works which contain information on various languages, recount experiences of language learning and encountering new languages or provide guides for correct pronunciation, writing or discourse in a language. These works could describe English or any other language whatsoever, from Latin to Sumerian, Chinese to Wampanoag, Esperanto to Swahili (etc.).

This Volume includes a treatise by Sir Arthur Cotton, author of an "Arabic Primer". His daughter, Lady Hope, on page 523 of her biography of her father, writes that he "had very strong theories on the subject of learning “Living Languages,” his opinion being that, as every child who comes into the world learns its mother tongue orally, and at first without grammar… so the learning of all modern languages would be very much facilitated by a similar process." Also included are the orientalist E.G. Browne's opinions on language learning (taken from the introduction to A Year Amongst the Persians), the first lesson from Dr. Emil Otto's "French Conversation-Grammar", a talk by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on the need for a universal auxiliary language, Samuel Johnson's "A Grammar of the English Tongue", several sections from Henry Sweet's "First Steps in Anglo-Saxon", Lessons 1 - 5 from "Esperanto in Twenty Lessons", two sections on language by Varro, a story in Latin from "Fabulae Faciles", "Greek Lessons: 1-10", the Phonology Section from a "Primer of Persian" and Lessons 1 - 19 from "A Practical Arabic Course". (Summary by Nicholas James Bridgewater)

Genre(s): Language learning

Language: Multilingual

Group: LibriVox Language Learning Collections

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 Beginning Latin, Lesson 1 John Edmund Barss Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:10:49 la
Play 02 First Steps in Anglo-Saxon, Be þissum middangearde Henry Sweet Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:05:25 en
Play 03 The Eighth Principle – Universal Peace ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘Abbás Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
Play 04 Esperanto in Twenty Lessons, Lessons 1 - 5 Caroline Stearns Griffin Etext Nadine Eckert-Boulet
01:09:54 eo
Play 05 Perseus, from Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles John Kirtland Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:12:26 la
Play 06 French Conversation-Grammar, first lesson Emil Otto Etext Bill Boerst
00:07:39 fr
Play 07 Greek Lessons: 1-10 W. H. Morris Etext Bill Boerst
00:34:33 el
Play 08 How to Learn a Foreign Language Edward Granville Browne Etext Bill Boerst
00:10:07 en
Play 09 First Steps in Anglo-Saxon, Nouns section Henry Sweet Etext Bill Boerst
00:19:19 en
Play 10 On the Science of the Origin of Words Marcus Terentius Varro Etext J.R. Omahen
00:12:03 en
Play 11 On inflection and parts of speech Marcus Terentius Varro Etext Rachel Klippenstein
00:10:19 en
Play 12 A Primer of Persian – Phonology Section George S. A. Ranking Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
Play 13 A Practical Arabic Course E. Nématallah Etext Leni
00:41:56 ar
Play 14 First Steps in Anglo-Saxon, Pronunciation section Henry Sweet Etext Leni
00:08:41 en
Play 15 The Study of Living Languages - Part 01 Sir Arthur Cotton Etext Rachel Klippenstein
01:02:05 en
Play 16 The Study of Living Languages - Part 02 Sir Arthur Cotton Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:55:42 en
Play 17 A Grammar of the English Tongue, part 1 Samuel Johnson Etext Leni
00:49:05 en
Play 18 A Grammar of the English Tongue, part 2 Samuel Johnson Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:51:57 en
Play 19 A Grammar of the English Tongue, part 3 Samuel Johnson Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:24:35 en
Play 20 A Grammar of the English Tongue, part 4 Samuel Johnson Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:47:53 en