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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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                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                Joe’s Goals

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                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                  Daytum

                    Daytum

                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                    Excel or Numbers

                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                      Evernote

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                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                        Access or Bento

                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                          Conclusion

                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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