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Last Updated on November 25, 2019

9 Great Platforms To Learn Languages For Free

9 Great Platforms To Learn Languages For Free

I honestly feel quite insecure every time someone tells me that they can speak more than one language. One of the disadvantages of English being your first language is that you’re more likely to be a “monolingual” unlike countless others around the world who can speak at least two languages—if not more.

What’s more is that in the diverse, multicultural, and relatively global marketplace these days, knowing more than one language always puts you at an advantage in businesses that are not defined by geographic boundaries—which is a characteristic of most businesses. Hey, even the United States (within its boundaries) is one of the most multicultural places you can work in today!

With more and more research proving bilinguals are more likely to get a job, earn more, and score better on standardized tests,[1] we’re only wondering what we need to do learn another lingo!

Luckily, unlike the past, we don’t have to read piles of books or take expensive courses to learn a language. Thanks to the internet and the vast array of resources available on various platforms, there are plenty of ways we can learn languages for free whenever and wherever we like.

Here’re 9 platforms where you can learn languages for free:

1. DuoLingo

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    Duolingo is a fairly new platform that has won several awards including iPhone App of the Year 2013 and Google’s Best of the Best 2014.

    Currently, it offers lessons on 19 different languages. The platform will take users through a unique experience with a game-like interface where you can earn points, track your days, and get tips on how to improve.

    The app is available on iPhone, Android and Windows phone, so if you own a Blackberry or Linux-based device, you’ll have to resort to the computer.

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    Check out the DuoLingo!

    2. Busuu

      Busuu is also a lot like DuoLingo, except it offer only 12 languages, but some very unique ones. Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese can be hard to learn and few platforms offer these languages, but Busuu does.

      Busuu also has a very large community of over 50 million speakers. The great part is that you can easily sign in through your Facebook and Google account. However, the app is only available for Android and Apple devices.

      Check out Busuu!

      3. Live Mocha

        Live Mocha was one of the first online platforms to offer language learning for free since its launch in 2007. One of the coolest things about Live Mocha is that it gives you access to natives speakers, teachers, language enthusiasts, and language experts around the world from over 190 countries.

        The community encourages language learning through interaction, which is excellent! So, you get to practice your conversation with people around the globe through comments on practice exercises, lessons with feedback, text or video chats, and more.

        Check out Live Mocha!

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        4. LingQ.com

          This platform has also come a long way since its days of basic language learning and reading lessons. Although it has cartoonish, children’s-type interface, it can be used by any language learner of any age — and at any stage of language learner (beginner to advanced).

          This is a great resource for teachers and classrooms. The only downside is that you won’t get access to unlimited vocabulary or extra features unless you sign up for the premium accounts.

          Check out LingQ!

          5. Lang 8

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            What this platform offers is pretty simple: a community of native speakers who connect with you and correct what you write. So, clearly, this is a platform for those speakers who are already proficient in writing and reading a foreign language.

            For example, masters dissertation will help you write in your native language and you can translate it to a foreign language and get it checked on Lang 8. You can return the favor by correcting those who are learning your native language. This one’s best if you’re working on improving how you write in a certain language.

            Check out Lang-8!

            6. Papora

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              Papora will allow you to register for free and learn English, Spanish, French, or German.

              Rather than focusing purely on vocabulary, Papora will also incorporate grammar so that you can form proper sentences. The “bite-sized” lessons are very easy with excellent audio.

              The mobile app takes users through 60 real life situations has over 2,000 keywords and phrases with audio content. This app is great for busy learners!

              Check out Papora!

              7. Memrise

                Memrise uses three simple ingredients to make it one an effective language learning tool: science, fun, and community. When it comes to science, the team addresses the fact that the brain learns faster with the help of mnemonic flashcards. These flashcards are called “mems” and they help aid retention. With the help of games and videos, learning is also made fun.

                Memrise has over 300,000 courses which is pretty extensive and has a large range of languages to choose from. The coolest part is that language is not the only thing you can learn on this website.

                If you’re also interested in learning more about a specific country’s history, culture, or geography, Memrise will give you a free course on that too! You can get this as an app on Android and Apple devices.

                Check out Memrise!

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                8. Lingualia

                  Lingualia is a pretty cool platform that is largely focused on “social networking” for learning a language.

                  One of the best features of Lingualia is the artificially intelligent bot called “Lingu” who will treat you like a student. Lingu will make sure that you improve on areas that are challenging for you and stay motivated to learning your language.

                  For those of you who need consistent motivation, this is a great feature. Even though this platform sadly serves only two languages: English and Spanish, you should just give it a try!

                  Check out Lingualia!

                  9. Digital Dialects

                    This is fantastic platform where language leaning is made fun and easy. Digital Dialect focuses on providing users with games to learn a new language with the help of phrases, vocabulary, numbers, spelling, verb conjugations, and alphabets.

                    You’ll need Macromedia Flash to run the website, but I really love how responsive the website is, overall. The downside to using this platform is that it’s not available as an app and most languages cover only basic beginner-level language skills.

                    Check out Digital Dialects!

                    Alright, that pretty much sums up my favorite list of language learning platforms that are available for free! It’s amazing how the increasing demand of bilingualism has also made learning a new language easy. Well, not easy, but convenient nonetheless!

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                    Last Updated on July 3, 2020

                    30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                    30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                    In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                    1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                    Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                    2. Focus on your breath

                    Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                    3. Get organized and purge old items

                    A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                    4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                    Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                    5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                    Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                    6. Smile more

                    Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                    7. Don’t worry about the future

                    As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                    8. Eat real food

                    The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                    9. Choose being happy over being right

                    Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                    10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                    Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                    11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                    You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                    12. Get comfortable with silence

                    When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                    13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                    So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                    14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                    Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                    15. Speak more slowly

                    Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                    16. Don’t procrastinate

                    Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                    17. Buy a coloring book

                    Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                    18. Prioritize yourself

                    You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                    19. Forgive others

                    Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                    20. Check your expectations

                    Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                    21. Engage in active play

                    Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                    22. Stop criticizing yourself

                    The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                    23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                    Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                    24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                    Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                    25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                    Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                    26. Manage your money

                    Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                    27. Stop trying to control everything

                    Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                    28. Practice affirmations

                    Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                    29. Get up before sunrise

                    Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                    30. Be yourself

                    Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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