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There is no doubt how essential mastering foreign languages is in today’s globalizing world. We are not only talking about English here, as English is a very compulsory language to master due to its International Language status, but also the necessity to master other languages as well. The fact that Chinese has approximately 885 million speakers, Spanish has 266 million speakers, Arabic has 290 million speakers, might open our minds of how great our career opportunity will be should we master those languages other than English.
However, we must keep in mind that mastering foreign languages has more benefits than solely bolstering our career opportunities. Learning a foreign language also means enhancing life with other culture, developing self-confidence, cherishing people and heritage, and exercising the mind as it involves utilizing different skills such as memorizing, recognizing different types of sentences and mastering pronunciation. People who learn foreign language seem to have better mental flexibility and creativity in reasoning and conceptual thinking. Plus, it also prevents our brain from getting dementia.
Well, we should start now. But before you start looking for real language courses (If you really need to) you might want to take a look of the three language courses site I write below. Thanks to technology, learning language is only one keyboard away, and you might be able to enjoy your meal and drink your coffee during your courses. You’re welcome.
The first site I will write about is this light, simple and easy studying course named Quizlet. Perhaps I should start with its history first. Quizlet began as an idea conceptualized by 15-year-old Andrew Sutherland (yes, 15. If you are 20 or above and not yet doing something important, you should question your life) when he was assigned by his French teacher to memorize 111 animal names. After realizing the daunting task of mechanical memorization, Sutherland sat down to write code for a program to aid him in memorization. These first lines of code were scrapped and then rewritten meticulously and carefully over the course of 420 days by Sutherland. Quizlet was released in October 2005.
Quizlet is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian. As a memorization tool, Quizlet lets registered users create "sets" of terms customized for their own needs. These sets of terms can then be studied under several study modes. Flash Cards, Learn, Speller, Scatter, Space Race are some of the study modes. In addition to those, Quizlet provides an application programming interface that allows others to access Quizlet data. Available functions include uploading and downloading flashcards, modifying users' flashcards, and finding definitions created by Quizlet users.
I have personally been using this awesome site to study English. This site makes it possible for us to find and practice our skills in questions from well-known exams like SAT or GRE. We will also be able to share the questions with other users (20 million registered users worldwide). Don’t worry about not catching up to the course, because you can select the suitable level for you, starting from the very basic until the advanced level.
Official Website Quizlet
This awesome site is the world’s largest online language learning community, with 16 million registered members from 196 countries around the globe. It was founded in 2007 by Raghav Kher, Shirish Nadkarni and Krishnan Seshadrinathan. They came up with the idea for a web-based approach while utilizing the power of social networking sites for language learning, with an emphasis on active participation and exchange in order to hone practical skills. Livemocha supports the learning of 38 languages.
Livemocha is highly applauded by its success and innovation in fusing traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world. Livemocha is also said to deliver an unparalleled learning experience that promises conversational fluency. For me, the best thing about Livemocha is its real-live learning experience, where you can speak the language you learn with natives online. Its portability is another special feature, allowing anyone to learn language anywhere, and anytime.
Official Website Livemocha
3. Mango Languages
Mango Languages is a language learning site, with the app also available in Android and iOS platform. It supports a numerous amount of languages to study; 60 (!) It is equipped with easy learning methods. Each course starts with an overview of what you expect to learn, both conversationally and grammatically.
Use the arrow to navigate forward and back in the app to move to one slide to another. In case you are bored, you can also use the scroll bar to jump to a particular slide. On each slide, the narrator will give you instruction of pronunciation. It also gives you the tip of using words culturally, with accordance to the culture of the people who use that language. The words are color-coded to make you memorize better. You can also record your voice, to compare your pronunciation with the narrator’s.
Well, you will have to pay $20 per month in order to get the access, unless you live in U.S and Canada where you can get free access from the public libraries.
Official Website Mango Languages
The three sites I wrote are not all, there are several other methods you can find, out there on the internet. But all the things will come back to you, and your will. If you really want to learn to master those languages, you should do better than signing up to those apps, sharing your work in social media, and stopping. Good luck!