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10 Great Platforms To Learn Languages For Free

10 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 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, we’re only wondering what we need to do learn another lingo!

Luckily, unlike the past we don’t have to read through piles of books in a library 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 do this whenever and where ever we like!

So, here’s a list of 10 platforms where we can not only learn a lingo, but also do it for free!

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DuoLingo:

Learn Language Free

    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.

    Busuu

    Learn Language Free

      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.

      Live Mocha

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      Learn Language Free

        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 Livemocha 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. The only people who will have a problem with this website are those who transitioned from the old Live Mocha account to the new one.

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          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). The video on the front page sums up how to use the platform and get started for free. 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.

          Byki

          Learn Language Free

            Byki is best if you have a love for flashcards. The platform can be used to learn 74 different languages. Since Byki claims itself to be one of “leading in language research”, it’s easy to understand why they advise against learning a language starting with grammar. Byki focuses on teaching adults vocabulary first since “adults learn foreign languages by collecting words and phrases first”. The free version will get you 15 lists in any language. I’d say this website is worth a try, with the confusing interface being the only downside to the platform.

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            Lang 8

            Learn Language Free

              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.

              Lingulia

              Learn Language Free

                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, I’d definitely give it a try!

                Papora

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                Learn Language Free

                  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!

                  Digital Dialects

                  Learn Language Free

                    This is fantastic platform where language leaning is made fun and easy. Digital Dialect is focused 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.

                    Memrise

                    Learn Language Free

                      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.

                      Alright, that pretty much sums up our 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 pretty easy. Well, not easy, but pretty convenient nonetheless!

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                      How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                      How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                      Think you have a boring life?

                      The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

                      Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

                      1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

                      What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

                      Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

                      2. Go Play with Kids

                      Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

                      They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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                      3. Order a Hot Dog

                      While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

                      4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

                      Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

                      5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

                      You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

                      You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

                      6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

                      Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

                      Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

                      7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

                      Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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                      What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

                      8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

                      You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

                      9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

                      Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

                      10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

                      We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

                      11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

                      It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

                      12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

                      This will give you something to look forward to.

                      Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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                      13. People Watch

                      Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

                      People are infinitely interesting.

                      14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

                      Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

                      15. Dance

                      You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

                      If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

                      16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

                      This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

                      17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

                      Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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                      18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

                      Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

                      19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

                      OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

                      20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

                      This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

                      Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

                      Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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