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10 Educational Sites To Teach You Languages For Free

10 Educational Sites To Teach You Languages For Free

There are so many great reasons to take the time to learn a new language. Unfortunately, many of the well-known resources for learning to speak or read a new language cost way too much money. This doesn’t mean that learning a new language, improving language skills, or developing a stronger cultural understanding is impossible.

There are definitely ways in which all of these things can be done for free. Not convinced? Check out these free resources for learning to speak a new language.

1. Babbel

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    Babbel.com is a website that offers visitors the opportunity to learn several languages for free. These include Portuguese, English, German, and Russian, among many others. Babbel is extremely friendly for mobile users, and it provides a very practical benefit by including teaching methods that allow consumers to begin learning to speak the language right away.

    This feature is especially useful for those who want or need to apply their new language abilities in practical situations.

    2. BestEssay.Education

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      Not every free language education website is intended to meet the needs of those who have absolutely no familiarity with a particular language.

      Some websites, like bestessay.education, are a great resource for college students whose native language is not English. Bestessay.education serves students who are bright and talented, and who have established a significant mastery of the English language but need some additional polish on their writing assignments.

      3. Busuu.com

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        Busuu is a social learning website where users register, select a language that they wish to learn, and then begin their lessons.

        People who use Busuu can interact and socialize with one another and native speakers as a way to practice and test out the skills that they have picked up. This is a good option for those who learn best via social experience.

        4. Livemocha.com

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          This is another free language learning website that leverages social interaction as a means to help people learn languages for free. If you join Livemocha.com, you can take language lessons, have conversations with native speakers, and get great information from the many blog posts published to this website.

          5. British Broadcasting Company

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            If you have ever wanted to quickly develop practical foreign language skills, you can accomplish this through the British Broadcasting Company’s language pages. The pages that are featured here are now static and no longer updated, but don’t let that scare you away. You can still access interactive learning experiences that give you the opportunity to learn over thirty languages.

            Do you know somebody who is planning a vacation in the near future, and who might benefit from developing some language skills that will allow them to order food, reserve a hotel room, or simply introduce themselves to others? You could do a big favor for them by sharing this post.

            6. Duolingo.com

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              Duolingo combines free, socially driven language learning with more traditional and measurable teaching methods. As with similar websites, those using Duolingo take various lessons where they work on their own to develop language skills.

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              These self-paced classes are great for anybody who wants language immersion without immediate instruction. However, for those who do crave feedback and instruction, there are many teachers who will gladly provide feedback and progress reports. If you enjoy a challenge, try to keep your streaks going and earn as many hearts as you possibly can.

              7. LearnaLanguage.com

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                This website delivers the curriculum provided by visual link languages in a way that makes learning a new language both fun and practical. This website allows you to learn through a slightly different interactive experience. You can select the language that you want to learn and you will be immediately immersed into a variety of language learning opportunities that utilize visuals as well as videos.

                8. Byki.com

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                  If you are a fan of the focused learning experience that is created by flash cards, you will Love Byki.com. There is both a free and a premium option, but those who wish to learn a new language for free will certainly enjoy the languages lessons that are provided to them via Byki. This is a great site for those who want to interact with their chosen language site via a mobile or touch screen enabled device.

                  9. Openculture.com

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                    If you are interested in learning more than just a language for free, this is the perfect website for you. This website is as dedicated to cultural education as it is to language-based education. This means that students who take the classes can learn languages while enjoying an immersion experience.

                    If you love the idea of learning a new language, learning about a new culture, or possibly all three at once, openculture.com is a fun and youth-oriented place to begin to learn.

                    10. Hinative.com

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                      Picture this, you are going on a business trip and want to impress your boss. Or, you are preparing to go on a personal vacation to a place where you only barely know the language. You want to learn the language, but you only want to receive assistance from natives. Imagine being able to ask a native speaker directly how to pronounce something, or asking them about whether or not a translation is correct.

                      This is not a place to learn a language from the ground up, but it is definitely a website that assists people in expanding their language skills.

                      Featured photo credit: Davide Ragusa via barnimages.com

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                      How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                      How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                      For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

                      If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

                      Example 1

                      You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

                      You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

                      In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

                      Example 2

                      You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

                      People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

                      You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

                      Example 3

                      You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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                      The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

                      Example 4

                      You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

                      Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

                      If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

                      Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

                      • Understand your own communication style
                      • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
                      • Communicate with precision and care
                      • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

                      1. Understand Your Communication Style

                      To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

                      In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

                      Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

                      2. Learn Others Communication Styles

                      Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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                      If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

                      “How do you prefer to receive information?”

                      This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

                      To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

                      3. Exercise Precision and Care

                      A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

                      On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

                      Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

                      I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

                      I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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                      In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

                      The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

                      Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

                      4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

                      Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

                      In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

                      “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

                      Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

                      Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

                      It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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                      It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

                      It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

                      Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

                      Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

                      The Bottom Line

                      When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

                      I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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