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7 Amazing Resources to Learn a Language Online In Your PJ’s

7 Amazing Resources to Learn a Language Online In Your PJ’s

Who says learning a language has to disturb your busy schedule?

While there are a lot of resources out there to learn languages online, it’s critical to choose the right one. Otherwise, you’re wasting hundreds of dollars, and more importantly, your precious time.

To help you out, we’ve narrowed down the best solutions to learn languages online to help you make the right choice and make life easier for you.

Here’s the criteria we used to evaluate each solution:

  • Personalization — Every person learns differently. This is why having a customized solution or personal attention to meet your personal needs is crucial to effective learning. Think about the difference between having a personal teacher versus being stuck in a 300-seat lecture hall.
  • Time Flexibility —  Let’s face it, most of us are busy individuals. In fact, lack of time is one of the biggest reasons why many people never get to learn a language. Having a solution that allows you to learn on your own schedule is a must.
  • Real-life Immerison/Human Interaction — Have you ever met someone who picked up a language, while living abroad for only a few months?
    This is the power of real-life immersion. A study by NTL Institute shows that humans remember 18 times more from immediate immersion versus listening to a lecture.
  • Accountability — No matter what goal we’re trying to achieve, having someone there to keep us accountable can be the difference between persisting and quitting too early.

* We will rate each solution using this criteria from 1 to 5.

7 Amazing Resources to Learn Languages Online

1. Duolingo

Personalization: 3
Time flexibility: 5
Real-life immersion: 2
Accountability: 2

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Duolingo is a great resource for people who are just looking to dip their feet into the language pool. It’s fun, game-ified, and free for anyone to start learning. However, you do get what you pay for.

From personal experience, there’s a glass ceiling with using a tool like Duolingo, because you don’t get the real-life immersion required to become conversation fluent. If you’re serious about learning a language, don’t expect to stay motivated or accountable after a few weeks using Duolingo.

Nevertheless, it’s a great tool that’s free to use, and it allows you to learn on-the-go.

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    2. Memrise

    Personalization: 3
    Time flexibility: 5
    Real-life immersion: 2
    Accountability: 3

    Memrise is powerful for not just learning languages online, but for anything you want to memorize. Like Duolingo, Memrise has a game-like approach to helping you memorize words, grammar, and facts in small chunks.

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    It also allows you to learn anytime online, but like Duolingo, it doesn’t keep you accountable to continue learning.

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      3. BBC

      Personalization: 2
      Time flexibility: 5
      Real-life immersion: 2
      Accountability: 1

      BBC has introduced a library content of useful tutorial videos, games, and exercises to help anyone learn languages online. The content is tailored for languages like Spanish, French, Italian, German, and many more that are available for you to watch whenever you want.

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        4. Rype

        Personalization: 4
        Time flexibility: 4
        Real-life immersion: 5
        Accountability: 4

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        Here’s a website offering an innovative solution to provide real-life language learning. Rype offers unlimited private Spanish lessons online, by personally matchmaking you with one of their qualified coaches. It’s like having unlimited access to a personal trainer, but for language learning!

        With teachers from 5 different continents around the world, you can learn Spanish on-the-go, anytime, anywhere. Best part is, they’re fully customized to meet your needs and you get to work with a dedicated professional language teacher that is there to keep you accountable.

        You can try it out for free, with 3 lessons from 3 different coaches!

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          5. Polyglot Club

          Personalization: 3
          Time flexibility: 3
          Real-life immersion: 5
          Accountability: 3

          The Polyglot Club is Meetup for languages. There are over 500,000+ members around the world who can organize, meet, and practice their target languages in-person. While this is not focused on learning languages online, it’s still a great destination that allows you to find in-person language exchanges at your local city or wherever you’re traveling to.

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            6. Conversation Exchange

            Personalization: 3
            Time flexibility: 2
            Real-life immersion: 4
            Accountability: 2

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            There are several conversation exchange communities online, where you can connect with fellow language lovers online. It’s basically the Polyglot Club, but done at the comforts of your own home.

            You can narrow down your search filter by languages, country, age, and more. With over 100+ languages and more than 1 million members around the world using conversation exchanges, you’re bound to find a language partner that can learn a language with you.

            Keep in mind that there are several downsides to conversation exchange that you should be aware of. Finding the right partner takes a long time. Scheduling your busy life to meet up and practice your target language is harder than most people think, especially when 50% of your time is going to helping the other person.

            It’s a great solution for people who have the time and don’t have the funds to invest in a more professional solution right now.

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              7. Busuu

              Personalization: 3
              Time flexibility: 5
              Real-life immersion: 3
              Accountability: 2

              Busuu is similar to Duolingo, in that it’s a free language learning solution that makes it simple for you to learn the basics of a language online. It focuses on helping you learn vocabulary, sentence structures, and some grammar, but it’s not as helpful in improving your speaking skills.

              A great feature that Busuu has gives you the individual word you need to learn, followed by an example in context (with audio for your first week). They also have a great interface for typing, and allows you to tap into native speakers for help.

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                Published on September 20, 2018

                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                Minimizing Tabs

                Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                Incognito Mode

                Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                Save Webpages as PDF Files

                Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                Open Recently-closed Tabs

                Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                Solve Mathematical Problems

                Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                Play Media Files

                Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                Stay Focus(e)d

                Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                Grammarly for Editing

                Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                Loom

                There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                Chrome Calendar Extension

                No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                Final Thoughts

                Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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