Welcome to the Yojik Website

This site is dedicated to language learners. You will find here the FSI, DLI and Peace-Corps courses. I wrote some tutorials to help learners to import vocabulary lists, to digitalize documents into modifiable content, to record lists of words/phrases. I rebuilt the defunt Shtooka website, so the content is not lost. A copy of the shtooka collections and programs is also kept here.

The FSI part is (quite) finished, the Peace-Corps is on the way, other parts too. Don't forget to report bad links. Thank you.

The Old fsi-language Website » (NOT maintained any more ...)

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New! Cortina material

The Cortina language materials (Russian and Japanese) have been made available on this Website by the kind permission of the holder of the copyright, Magdalen Livesey, the President of Cortina International, Inc.

Thanks a lot to: Magdalen Livesey (President, Cortina Learning International, Inc.), SpeakEasy (Michael), jpazzz, daristani who worked hard to make this possible.

Here are the link to the page of the Cortina Japanese course » and to the page of the Cortina Russian course »

Public Domain Courses and Other Resources

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The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is the United States federal government's primary training institution for employees of the U.S. foreign affairs community, preparing American diplomats as well as other professionals to advance U.S. foreign affairs interests overseas and in Washington.

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The courses available here are "old" courses. Cross the informations here with more recent sources as the vocabulary may have changed.

The FSI courses »

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The Defense Language Institute (DLI) is a United States Department of Defense (DoD) educational and research institution, which provides linguistic and cultural instruction to the Department of Defense, other Federal Agencies and numerous customers around the world. ... Other functions include planning, curriculum development, and research in second-language acquisition.

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The courses available here are "old" courses. Cross the informations here with more recent sources as the vocabulary may have changed.

The DLI courses »

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The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government. The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries.

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These courses are mostly developed by volunteers and are available for a large set of languages with some very rare ones .

The Peace-Corps courses »

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Shtooka was a project launched in 2006/2007 aimed to record and tag lists of vocabulary in different languages

These lists are compiled into "collections" in various audio format such ogg, flac, mp3 speex

Technical information about the recording, linguistic information, copyrights are kept in tags embedded in the audio file. Search for swac tags in this page to get more information

The original web site was down for a very long moment, so I built a copy with the help from the Internet Archives. The new Shtooka web site maintained by Nicolas Vion is here The new Shtooka Website »

The old Shtooka Website »

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The audio collections are collections of audio files of lists of vocabulary/phrases properly tagged

You'll find them in different audio format

Collections in Arabic, Belarussian, Czech, Chinese/Mandarin, German, English, Italian, French, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Serbian, Ukrainian, Wolof, Wuu/Shanghainese are available here.

You may download file by file, or an entire collection at once.

Audio collections »

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Here are some programs built to manage, browse the Shtooka collections. Some of them are quite old (like mine written in Python), some were written at the beginning of the project

Be aware that the database format used by the swac* programs changed and some old programs cannot run with this new format.

New programs which use the new database format were written by Nicolas Vion, but are only available as "source". I'll try to compile them for different platforms as soon as I get some free time ... yes ... an eternal problem

Programs »

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The tutorial section will be devoted to various domains such digitizing documents, splitting audio etc ...

I did ocred many FSI/DLI documents which you can find in the WIP section, and I'll explain how I did that, the tools I used, explanations about the format chosen.

A tutorial about how to split and tag audio files with Audacity is already in the pipeline.

Tutorials »

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The WIP section contains all my digitizing works: mostly FSI and DLI.

The documents are available in different formats (docbook, pdf, epub, csv). I use the XML format, so I can extract vocabulary/phrases and in the future, maybe translate the documents, and generate different outputs like HTML, PDF, EPUB.

Work in progress ... »

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Some useful links to language learners ...

Hopefully useful links »

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Cortina is a company which developped language courses.

The Cortina language materials (Russian and Japanese) have been made available on this Website by the kind permission of the holder of the copyright, Magdalen Livesey, the President of Cortina International, Inc.

Japanese Course » Russian Course »