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  1. Now that I've been using it for a couple of weeks I can say taht it works properly, both in a technical and a economical level. I've found this online learning platform looking for skype exchanges with French and Italian natives (in free plafforms almost nobody show up even in the first meeting). At the first moment I said "oh oh, pay..." but actually is not bad. Registration is free and rates are fixed by teachers (qualified natives) and tutors (natives). Since my goal is to learn some Italian and practise French for free, I've become tutor, and help other guys to learn Spanish; and I use that money to learn Italian and French. It works, so I wanted to share it with you. I was on time for opening great offer, I don't know if it's still running... Ah, the link: http://www.lingostan.com Cheers!
  2. Lingopolo is a great free language learning tool: http://lingopolo.com/ It is still at an early stage of development but is already very useful to learn to speak Thai, French or Dutch. You can help improving the content of the website and promote your language! Find more information here: http://lingopolo.com/volunteer
  3. Hi all! Great that there's such a huge community of people out there just as passionate about learning languages as we are. I work for a small start-up based in Birmingham, UK, and it is our dream to make language learning fun, fast and effective for everybody. We've just released the latest version of our language learning app - FlashAcademy (www.flashacademy.com) - which contains more games and more language combinations than any other app. You can learn up to 18 languages from any other language - English to Welsh? Brazilian Portuguese to English? Bahasa to Danish? No problem! We're really excited about it and hope you guys will be too. We're always working hard to add new languages and are looking to add some character based languages such as Arabic, Japanese and Mandarin in the next few months. We also have FlashSticks, our unique language learning Post-it notes which you can stick up at home, work and school to make language learning a part of your everyday routine. They've been a big success, so if that sounds like something that could help you with some of the trickiest vocab then head on over to www.flashsticks.com and see what we can do for you. Hope you have a great time using FlashAcademy or FlashSticks - we hang around on this forum a lot so let us know if you have any comments, queries or issues, or contact us on team@flashsticks.com. Have fun guys!
  4. Are you looking to learn a language? if yes then the best way to learn a language is through practice. http://www.joeotoole.net/
  5. Hello everyone! I have found practicing a new language with a group of people to be effective in helping me improve my learning. In this way, I get to know my mistakes and I get the help of my group when it comes to correcting my mistakes. We would speak together with the language we re studying and we get to see our individual strengths and weaknesses. Those who have the edge help those who are still having problems in their areas of weaknesses. Do you also practice in groups? What are your opinions about practicing in groups?
  6. The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, it provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Languages included are Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian and Turkish. The deadline for applying is October 27th, 2016 by 4pm ET. Learn more and apply here: http://www.nsliforyouth.org/.
  7. I started learning German and Dutch two years ago, and if you're thinking I've mastered both languages, it is with sadness as I inform you that my German and Dutch have become much worse. Needless to say, it seems I am having problems retaining my progress from two years ago and remembering everything I've learned. I can't even recite numbers 1 through 10 in German anymore without peeking at my notebook! So, how about you-- how do you retain everything you've learned in the past from your language of choice?
  8. Hey everyone! If you're learning a language and you want an easy way to get started, check out this free learn a language challenge: https://rypeapp.com/learn-a-language It shares 10 of the most common words every morning to help you learn 1,000 words in 100 days. It's limited to Spanish and French right now.
  9. Abro este tema para interactuar con gente aprendiendo el idioma y proporcionarle correcciones pertinentes si aplican. Así que, ¿ Qué tal si empezamos con un tema habitual?. Comentenme lo que quieran sobre su trasfondo cultural: costumbres de tu familia, las efemérides de tu comunidad, lo bueno, lo malo etc.
  10. Is it the accent? The pronunciation? The sentence structure? For me it's the pronunciation. It's not enough to learn the words or know the system of writing, I guess. You also need to speak the language in a way that native speakers can relate to or understand. There are certain words that will take on another meaning when pronounced differently. That's why pronunciation is very important. You might inadvertently offend native speakers if you mispronounce a word with both positive and negative connotations.
  11. Hey everyone. I've been working on a website for language learners and travelers and would like to share it here. It is called UPhrasebook. The video would explain it better. Why I've decided to make something like this? Many successful language learners say it is better to learn phrases instead of single words. I didn't find anything quite like this online. Forvo is great for checking pronunciation. Although, this is the only thing it is good for. Plus it mostly works with single words. Google Translate and other machine translators often make awful translations and have artificial voices with weird intonations to voice out the words. The phrases you find in printed phrasebooks and online often don't have any explanations and might be weird and unnatural. At the moment there's still a lot of work to be done, but the core functionality is ready. I've already opened the registration for the public and would like to invite everyone to register and make some translations and record pronunciations to share your language knowledge with others. I've already done some translations myself (mostly from Russian, so check it out if you're learning Russian). Would love to get some feedback and suggestions as well.
  12. Hi everyone, We at Olive's Choice Creative are big supporters of expanding ones horizon by learning new languages. As a company specialized in Mandarin Chinese, we, however, do not only value language learning but also cultural learning - after all, you do want to be able to use the language properly! That is why we offer Mandarin Chinese language AND CULTURE lessons. Whether you are interested in learning Chinese for business purposes or pleasure, our native teachers can customize our trainings according to you wishes! DEAL OF THE MONTH - We are now pleased to offer a free online trial as our deal of the month for those who are interested in trying out our services. Just send an email to d.broecke@oliveschoice.com with: 1. your first name 2. a list of the languages you already speak 3. the purpose of learning Chinese/ what you like to learn 4. your current level 5. a list of timeslots you are available for your free 1 hour trial We'll bring our knowledge and expertise, you bring your enthusiasm! Xie Xie, Olive's Choice Creative
  13. Saludos

    Hello community. Native spanish speaker here and I'm willing to help you with grammar explanations, translations and more. I helped people with their spanish before, when I was actively participating in a well known page called 'Lang - 8'. Anyway; Looking forward to provide any assistance. Regards;
  14. I was reading an article on language learning earlier, when I stumbled across an interesting point! The article stated that many people initially succeed at quickly picking up foreign language skills, but then hit a plateau, settling into some sort of comfort zone that they then find very difficult to get out of. It suggested that some people seem happy to just be 'good enough' at their chosen foreign language, as opposed to striving to be the very best at it. This doesn't apply to me, but I'm curious to see if any of you have experienced this? -and if you did, how did you push yourself to continue past that stage, in order to get to a higher level in your language skills?
  15. I grew up learning two other languages besides my own. Although I never questioned why I was learning them, now it has occurred to me that the educational system I was exposed to, though not the best in the world, has given me and many of my countrymen a language learning advantage. Here, English is a separate subject and taught from pre-school all the way to college. I hear in other countries (I live in the Philippines, by the way) this foreign language isn't mandatory and only those interested should learn it. However, little did other countries know, English has now become a very important language for diplomacy and globalizing businesses. It would be great if schools the world over would include English in their curricula. There are thousands of languages across the globe. We should at least have one language in common so that we can better understand each other despite our differences.
  16. Speak with natives

    Hi, I am trying the lean startup method I am a software developer that likes to create a useful program for learning languages. The idea is that a Native speaker will create a thread on some topic that is interesting for him and write a short story, let's say in English. Other students that are learning English will join the discussion and speak with him on a given topic. Will this kind of learning be interesting? What do you think? Would you give a try to this website/mobile app if it would exist? For native speakers it can be something like freelance, so they will earn some money or get some cookies... Thank you in advance for your opinion! King regards, Anton
  17. Hello, Do you have a problem finding language course books for less popular languages? Is it easy to find the materials you need in your country? I used to live in Russia, now I'm in Poland but one thing hasn't changed: extremely limited amount of learning materials for less popular languages. Judging by the shelves in a typical Russian/Polish bookshop, people only learn 5 languages here. You go inside and you see: huge amount of English learning shelvessomewhat less but still a lot of German language materialseven less but acceptable number of French study booksSpanish learning books are in about the same amount as French or slightly lessfinally, Italian corner with the same number of shelves as SpanishThe end. Sure, there are other languages but they should be considered lucky if they have a whole shelf or two to themselves. I always feel a bit sad when I see it. Not that I don't like English, I do, but it's just... somehow not right. What's your opinion? Do you have the same situation in your country? Ania
  18. There is one thing that, in my opinion, sparks a lot of controversy whenever you talk about language learning: how often you should do it. Most of the people I know tend to believe that it's an all-or-nothing thing. Either you do it every day or no point starting. Either you schedule your classes every Friday and Monday, or else you better forget about any progress at all. And so on. I, on the other hand, belong to the minority that believes in "doing something is better than nothing" approach. The main reason for this is the fact that I'm a person who really dislikes words like "regular" and "every day". So many things can happen. Even if I plan to do something 3 times a week, there may be disruptions I couldn't predict. Besides, the very idea of doing something "all the time" is simply daunting for me. It's like "together until death do us part". It kills my motivation by telling me that there's something I just MUST do. For many years I suffered from believing in "all-or-nothing" approach. I tried to stick to "learn 30 words a day" or "study English each Thursday" or "repeat Spanish verbs each evening". I'd start on a good note, do it for a week/a month/maybe half a year and then drop it. Then I'd go beat myself about it. "How could you? Now you've ruined it!", "You'll never ever learn English like that", "You are hopeless, Ania. Absolutely hopeless". However, lately I've come to terms with the fact that "regular" never worked for me, and I find it a huge relief. Yes, sometimes people don't do something or they even have longer periods of not studying but why should that be considered such a big no-no? You win some, you lose some. Then you do it again and you're still much closer to fluency than those who do nothing at all What's your take on the subject? Do you study every day, every week or sometimes? Does it work for you? What are the pros and cons?