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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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How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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