background preloader

20+ Ways to Learn a Language Online

20+ Ways to Learn a Language Online
Earlier today we mentioned a plugin for AIM that would translate what you type on the fly into another language. That's an exceptionally useful tool, but the far more fluid and accurate way to speak to people in another language, is to actually learn the language. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of ways to learn languages online, many of them available for free. Below is a list of more than 20 ways you can go from knowing how to say "Hello" to fluency. Language Lessons Now that you've learned the basics, you need to practice. Practice Speaking SharedTalk: A language exchange covering 113 languages from the makers of the popular RosettaStone language learning software.xLingo: A language exchange that lets users create and share flashcards with each other.Palabea: Reviews of language learning software in addition to an online language exchange.iTalki: A language exchange with a Yahoo!

http://readwrite.com/2008/05/19/20_ways_to_learn_a_language_online#awesm=~oBxLgzPiEM6SDs

Related:  _speaking7_com_Linguistics

How to Find a Skype Partner Do you use Skype? Skype is a great service for video calling. You need a computer with Internet access and a web camera. Many laptops have built-in web cameras. You can use Skype to practise speaking with other English learners (and teachers). 01.31.2006 - Language affects half of what we see UC Berkeley Press Release Language affects half of what we see By William Harms, University of Chicago, and Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Media Relations | 31 January 2006 BERKELEY – The language we speak affects half of what we see, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. Scholars have long debated whether our native language affects how we perceive reality - and whether speakers of different languages might therefore see the world differently. The idea that language affects perception is controversial, and results have conflicted.

Speak English - English Chat and Conversational English Practice I hear and I forget I listen and I understand I do and I remember Chinese proverb Multimedia software and the Internet has revolutionised language learning and by using some of the excellent services available we can now have real-time conversations. Just remember - "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." One of the things that makes the Learn English Network different to your average website is the input you can have to its content and the accessiblity of the people who run it. You can do this on the Learn English forum and on the following online services:- Paralanguage Paralinguistic information, because it is phenomenal, belongs to the external speech signal (Ferdinand de Saussure's parole) but not to the arbitrary conventional code of language (Saussure's langue). The paralinguistic properties of speech play an important role in human communication. There are no utterances or speech signals that lack paralinguistic properties, since speech requires the presence of a voice that can be modulated. This voice must have some properties, and all the properties of a voice as such are paralinguistic.

How to Improve Handwriting Nan Jay Barchowsky: Hi, I am Nan Jay Barchowsky, a Handwriting Specialist and I am here to help you improve your handwriting. You are here probably because you are unhappy with your handwriting. We are going to examine how to setup a good place to practice. We are going to talk about the tools that you will be using, which actually are nothing more than your choice of pens or pencils and paper; the kind of paper that you will like. The first thing that I wanted to really impress you with is the fact that whatever problems you have with your handwriting is very unlikely that it is your fault.

The Awful German Language by Mark Twain A little learning makes the whole world kin. -- Proverbs xxxii, 7. I went often to look at the collection of curiosities in Heidelberg Castle, and one day I surprised the keeper of it with my German. I spoke entirely in that language. He was greatly interested; and after I had talked a while he said my German was very rare, possibly a "unique"; and wanted to add it to his museum.

Learn the phonetic alphabet By stretch | Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 3:18 a.m. UTC How often have you been on one end of a telephone conversation that went like this? A: "Okay, give me the MAC address." 20 Obsolete English Words that Should Make a Comeback Photo: Katherine Hodgson If we all start using them, these words can be resurrected. DURING MY UNDERGRADUATE studies as a Linguistics major, one of the things that struck me most is the amazing fluidity of language. New words are created; older words go out of style. Words can change meaning over time, vowel sounds shift, consonants are lost or added and one word becomes another.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo The sentence's meaning becomes clearer when it's understood that it uses three meanings of the word buffalo: the city of Buffalo, New York, the somewhat uncommon verb "to buffalo" (meaning "to bully or intimidate"), as well as the animal buffalo. When the punctuation and grammar are expanded, the sentence could read as follows: "Buffalo buffalo that Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo." The meaning becomes even clearer when synonyms are used: "Buffalo bison that other Buffalo bison bully, themselves bully Buffalo bison." A NOT To Do List for Successful Language Learners To do lists seem like a good idea in theory, but they have one major disadvantage: there is an infinite number of potential to do items. With this in mind, Timothy Ferriss, best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek (and a speaker of 6 languages), recommends “not to do lists” instead. Since they isolate a finite set of behaviors that are getting between you and your goals, they are far more effective than traditional to do lists.

Write Your Name in Elvish in Ten Minutes Write Your Name in Elvish in Ten Minutes You want to write your name in Elvish, but every place you go seems to make it harder than it ought to be. Elvish writing looks beautiful and mysterious, but does it really have to be impossible to understand? Why doesn't somebody just spell out the alphabet so you can simply substitute the letters and get straight to the result? That's exactly what I've done here. What concepts do not exist in the English language? Carl Honoré (In Praise of Slow) says Canada's Baffin Island Inuit "use the same word—'uvatiarru'—to mean both 'in the distant past' and 'in the distant future.' Time, in such cultures, is always coming as well as going." In an essay by Louise Edrich (Two Languages in Mind, but Just One in the Heart), she writes about learning Ojibwemownin and how "nouns are mainly desginated as alive or dead, animate or inanimate...once I began to think of stones as animate, I started to wonder whether I was picking up a stone or it was putting iteslf in my hand." I'm fascinated by language reflecting culture and vice versa.

Related:  Teaching, Learning, Coaching and Paedagagogy