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6 Places You Can Learn a Language Online For Free

6 Places You Can Learn a Language Online For Free

“It’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with” is a quote we have heard time and again. This could also be taken to mean that the people in each place are what truly make a place special.

When we travel, if we can’t communicate with the people in the places we go, we are missing out on a huge piece of their culture, because, after all, the people of the place are the ones who created it. Here are 6 places that you can learn a language online for free, so you can connect deeper with the people in your destinations:

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1. Duolingo

Duolingo is a free language course that starts from the basics and works its way up to more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary. There are a number of additional resources on the site, including materials like articles in your language of choice and self-quizzing options. The structure of the site is also very organized, allowing you to track your own progress. Duolingo currently offers six European languages.

2. Memrise

Memrise makes use of mnemonic flashcards to help users learn new vocabulary. “Mems” on this site are user-generated, and you can upload your own, so as you learn more you can create the mems that work best for you. On the downside, some mems are inaccurate, so when using this site, sometimes it’s necessary to verify the accuracy using a translation tool. Also, Memrise’s approach of assimilating foreign words to similar-sounding phrases in English may be confusing for some users.

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3. Busuu

Busuu also offers a community-based approach to language learning, while providing content from expert educators, such as writing exercises and recordings. The site offers a wider variety of languages than LiveMocha, including Polish, Japanese, Turkish, and Portuguese. What’s more, you can access Busuu on both Andriod and iOS devices, allowing you to practice no matter where you are.

4. Lingualia

Lingualia is the third site in this list that incorporates a social aspect to help users learn a language. Like Duolingo, Lingualia makes it easy to monitor your language-learning progress. It also includes a wide variety of tools, like audio files, flashcards, exercises, and customized lessons that fit both your personal learning style and schedule.

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5. Byki

Byki takes a very similar approach to Memrise by focusing on memorization of vocabulary and phrases rather than on grammar alone. Byki offers the widest variety of languages of any site in the list, with 74. They offer mobile apps in addition to their desktop software and claim they are the “the fastest possible way to lock foreign words into your long-term memory.” Try combining Byki with another, more traditional-style language learning program, such as Duolingo, in order to expedite your learning.

6. Youtube

By far the most unconventional method on the list, but surprisingly effective, Youtube offers a huge expanse of instructional videos in a wide variety of languages for a wide variety of skill levels. Many videos on Youtube are made by native speakers, as opposed to some automated audio recordings from other programs, which allows for better learning of pronunciation.

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In addition to enhancing your travels, learning a language is a critical skill that could put you ahead it today’s competitive job market. With so many free resources available, there’s no excuse not to!

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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