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10 Websites That Will Teach You a New Language Anywhere You Are

10 Websites That Will Teach You a New Language Anywhere You Are

Learning a language does not need to happen in the classroom, nor even in person.

Modern technologies and communication tools allow us to gain direct access to the best language teachers, courses, and native speakers, no matter where we live. Imagine sitting at home and being able to connect with native speakers from the other side of the world while they teach you their language.

The amazing cultural experience is just one benefit of online learning. The flexibility of learning a language online allows you to fit learning into your busy schedule. That means no more commuting, no more fixed schedules, and no more buying expensive coffees just to sit at Starbucks cafes.

We’re going to share the top 12 websites that will teach you a new language from anywhere in the world. Enjoy!

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Live Lessons With Professional Teachers

Live one-on-one lessons are the most powerful tools for learning to speak a new language. Online one-on-one lessons provide you with the same benefits as in-person lessons, but without the commuting time, and they are more affordable and effective than language schools.

1. Rype – Rype was founded with the mission of providing quality language lessons at a fair price. Members pay a flat membership price instead of paying per lesson, and they get to book lessons every single day with fully vetted professional teachers (which comes out to ~$3/session).

2. Livelingua – Livelingua is a Skype-based language lesson platform offering private lessons for popular languages.

3. Verbal Planet – A similar website to Livelingua, Verbal Planet offers Skype-based lessons that cost about $22 for 45 minutes.

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4. Tutorming – Tutorming is focused strictly on Mandarin. This company has developed a niche in finding their customers qualified Mandarin teachers online.

Conversation Exchanges

If you have the time, and you enjoy meeting like-minded people online, conversation exchanges may be an option for you. Unlike professional language lessons, conversation exchanges require a little more time and patience because members are not trained nor vetted as teachers. Read about the pros and cons of conversation exchanges here.

5. Conversation Exchange – Find like-minded language lovers you can trade tips with on Conversation Exchange. Or, if you’re lucky, you can find language partners who can speak both English and the target language you’re trying to learn.

6. Language Exchange – Language Exchange is a similar to Conversation Exchange, with over 3 million members spanning 133 countries around the world.

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7. Livemocha – Now owned by Rosetta Stone, Livemocha is a popular language exchange that allows you to filter through partners by language, country, location, etc. It gives you many options to connect with people, including SMS text, voice chats, and more.

Language App Courses

Language apps have been on the rise as smartphone adoption has increased. Many of them are free or cheap, and some are fun to play since they’re gamified. They’re not the best option if you want to learn how to speak the language, but most will teach you the basics of grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure.

8. Duolingo – This is the most popular app out there, and it’s now automatically installed into new iPhones. While it comes with its own limitations, it’s a great way to dip your feet into the pool when you’re learning a new language.

9. FluentU – FluentU is also known as “Netflix for language.” They’ve curated videos, tutorials, and exercises for users who pay a flat monthly fee.

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10. Busuu – Busuu is an online language course that you can use on your phone. It’s similar to Duolingo and has gamified exercises. This app can teach you today’s most popular languages online.

Over to you

Any thoughts on the language websites that we mentioned above? Which ones have you tried so far, and what has been your experience with them (good or bad)? Let us know below in the comments. Thanks for reading this far!

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Sean Kim

Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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