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11 Websites You Can Use to Speak a New Language

11 Websites You Can Use to Speak a New Language
For anyone itching to speak a new language, it’s easier than ever to get started with the help of new communication tools entering the market.

However, with choice comes analysis paralysis, and with all of the options available it’s easy to get overwhelmed before you even start.

To simplify your decision, I’ve taken a handful of language websites and broken them down into different learning categories, so you can choose which style fits you best.

Learning a new language can be broken down into four learning methods:

  1. Algorithm learning
  2. Textbook learning
  3. Course learning
  4. Human learning

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    Each method has its advantages and its disadvantages, so be honest with yourself about which method you enjoy the most. Do you enjoy traditional textbook learning methods? Or do you thrive when practicing with another human being?

    Second, we need to measure the four important factors for each method:

    1. Time commitment
    2. Engagement
    3. Personalization
    4. Effectiveness

    This article takes an in-depth look at each service, and will hopefully give you a good idea of which solutions fit you best. Here are 11 websites that can help you learn a new language:

    Algorithm Learning

    1. Babbel

    Time commitment: Low
    Engagement: Medium
    Personalization: Low
    Effectiveness: Low

    Babbel is a free tool available on any device that focuses on teaching you the basics of a language from writing, grammar, speaking, listening, and more. As a free app, there’s no risk to trying it out and getting started on learning a new language.

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      2. Memrise

      Time commitment: Low
      Engagement: Low
      Personalization: Low
      Effectiveness: Medium

      Memrise is a website that focuses on helping you memorize words. As we’ve mentioned on our language learning blog, memorizing ~2,500 words can help you understand 80% of any language.

      Unlike most memorization methods, Memrise has gamified their learning approach to make it more fun and interactive for you.

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        3. Duolingo

        Time commitment: Low
        Engagement: Medium
        Personalization: Low
        Effectiveness: Low

        With over 50+ million registered users, Duolingo is the leader in the free language learning category. Similar to Busuu, they have a gamified approach to teach you the basic knowledge of popular languages from Spanish to Mandarin. You can also get some speaking practice, as they’ll ask you to verbally repeat certain phrases during your training.

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          4. Busuu

          Time commitment: Low
          Engagement: Medium
          Personalization: Low
          Effectiveness: Low

          Busuu is another free mobile app that embraces the importance of community, something that Duolingo lacks. But if you’re looking to learn the basics of grammar and vocabulary, there isn’t much of a difference between the two apps.

          Their algorithmic learning method focuses on teaching you the basics of the language if you’re just getting started. This approach is great for learning basic vocabulary and some grammar, but there’s a limit to how far you can go using this method.

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            Course Learning

            5. FluentU

            Time commitment: Medium
            Engagement: Medium
            Personalization: Low
            Effectiveness: Medium

            FluentU refers to itself as immersive online learning. It provides a series of videos and courses to teach you basic and advanced conversation phrases. However, self-motivation will be necessary to go through their video library and to hold yourself accountable if you want to see any type of results.

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              6. Michel Thomas

              Time commitment: Low
              Engagement: Medium
              Personalization: Low
              Effectiveness: Medium

              Michel Thomas is a well-established language teacher who has created dozens of audiotape programs to help you learn new languages. They’re also a great way to learn basic conversation skills. Their only downside is that is that their practice conversations are one-sided. You’ll need to force yourself to talk out loud and repeat what the people in the audio program are saying in order to practice.

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                7. Fluent In 3 Months

                Time commitment: Low
                Engagement: Medium
                Personalization: Low
                Effectiveness: Medium

                Fluent In 3 Months is a popular language learning website created by Benny Lewis. He has also created several premium online courses to help you learn languages faster (ostensibly in three months). While it’s hard to expect anyone to become fluent in that short of a time, it’s still worth checking out if you want to learn at your own pace.

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                  Human Learning

                  8. Rype

                  Time commitment: Low
                  Engagement: High
                  Personalization: High
                  Effectiveness: High

                  Rype is a personalized language learning website that connects you with language coaches who provide lessons tailored to your needs.
                  As the first language coaching platform, Rype provides accountability and personalization by delivering honest feedback, allowing 24/7 access to your coach, and offering customized lesson packages such as lessons for travellers and lessons for beginners.

                  Although more languages are coming, they’re currently offering Spanish with plans to introduce French, German, and Italian in the near future.

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                    9. Conversation Exchange

                    Time commitment: High
                    Engagement: Medium
                    Personalization: Medium
                    Effectiveness: Medium

                    Conversation Exchange is a place where language lovers meet online to help each other learn their native language.

                    For example, a person fluent in German looking to learn English can pair up with a native English speaker looking to speak German. Conversations can take place in-person, over Skype, through text over Whatsapp, or via their chat software.

                    Although the concept is great, finding the right partner is a challenge due to the lack of personalization, a matchmaking system, and schedule coordination. Most students will not be as dedicated because of the lack of commitment involved, and it can take some time before you discover the partner you like.

                    If you’re lacking budget and have the patience and time to go on the journey, this is a great, free way to learn conversation skills!

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                      10. LiveMocha

                      Time commitment: High
                      Engagement: Medium
                      Personalization: Medium
                      Effectiveness: Medium

                      LiveMocha is an online language learning community by Rosetta Stone that allows you to connect with native speakers. They also have interactive lesson courses that you can go through for over 35 languages to learn basic vocabulary and grammar. However, if you want to take your speaking skills to the next level, this option is limited.

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                        11. Polyglot Club

                        Time commitment: Medium
                        Engagement: Medium
                        Personalization: High
                        Effectiveness: Medium

                        The Polyglot Club is the most widely-known online language meetup site. It’s a destination where language lovers can organize local events around the world for conversation exchanges, practice sessions, and more. If you want to connect with fellow language learners in-person and practice your speaking skills in person, then you should find an event in your local city using this link.

                        With that said, it may be difficult for you to find native speakers at these events. Many of the people you find may just be getting started like yourself.

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                          Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                          Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                          Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                          Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                          In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                          1. ScheduleOnce

                            ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                            ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                            ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                            Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                            Available on Web

                            2. Calendly

                              Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                              You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                              Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                              3. Assistant.to

                                For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                Available on Web

                                4. Acuityscheduling

                                  Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                  It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                  5. Pick

                                    Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                    At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                    Available on Web

                                    6. X.ai

                                      For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                      This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                      Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                      Available on Web

                                      7. YouCanBook.me

                                        is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                        They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                        Available on Web

                                        8. Doodle

                                          Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                          It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                          You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                          While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                          9. WhenAvailable

                                            WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                            Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                            Available on Web

                                            10. Rally

                                              Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                              Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                              Available on Web

                                              11. NeedtoMeet

                                                Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                Available on Web

                                                Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                The Bottom Line

                                                Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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