This wiki is intended to provide a list of resources for people hoping to learn a language using comprehensible input.
Comprehensible input is a method of language learning characterized by listening to or reading content in the target language, at or slightly above the level where the learner can understand everything that is being said. Ideally, no use of the learner's native language is used or needed. Visual cues, such as pictures or hand gestures, assist the learner in connecting words with their meanings. The focus of the method is on input (listening, reading) rather than output (speaking, writing). Speaking practice can come after the learner is fairly comfortable with understanding what they hear. Likewise for practicing writing after becoming comfortable with reading.
As opposed to more traditional language learning methods (for example grammar study, rote memorization, etc.), comprehensible input closely resembles the natural language learning of children in their native language, and thus may be more effective and efficient for acquiring new languages. It is certainly easier and more fun than most other methods, as the learner is engaging with content that they almost completely understand already.
This is a wiki, so if you feel like it, you have the power to improve the website in various ways.
- You can add a page for a new language if it doesn't exist here yet (use the input box on this page so that the correct format is preloaded for you).
- You can add links to comprehensible input resources on the language page (for example, Youtube channels or podcasts focused on Comprehensible Input).
- You can add other relevant information or links on a language page (for example Mandarin Chinese has a section listing some videos that are suitable for people who have absolutely no experience in the language). Or create a page that provides details about a resource (for example, see You Can Chinese (Youtube Channel)).
- You can write articles related to comprehensible input (for example, a page that discusses the research behind comprehensible input). Just enter the name of the page you would like to create in the search box at the top of the page, hit enter, and as long as the page doesn't exist yet, a link will be provided to create a new page with that name.
- You can improve the wiki in a more "meta" way, such as by improving the visual style of the website, changing the organization of language pages, or creating a more welcoming Main Page for new visitors.
- You can provide suggestions or feedback at CIW:Feedback.
If you are at all familiar with the way Wikipedia works, you'll notice that this website runs on the same software as Wikipedia (called MediaWiki). So editing content works the same. Formatting can be added to pages with wikitext or HTML. No need to create an account to edit if you don't want to, although that's useful for keeping track of previous edits, and an account lets you add comments at the bottom of pages.
If you want to add links to a language that you see on this page (Main Page), do it on the language's page, not here. The Main Page will automatically display the links from the language page (it may take up to five minutes for the Main Page to catch up).
To add a new language, type the name of the language below and press Add New Language.
- Primarily videos
- Primarily audio
- Primarily text
- Starts from absolute beginner