Monday, December 31, 2012

LiveMocha: Destiny's Review

LiveMocha is a great way to learn a language, particularly for a visual learner. Generally, you would start at the most basic level. LiveMocha shows you pictures for each word. After glancing at each of the word, hearing them, and repeating them you might still feel like you don't know what they are. 

That's where the review comes in. Once you go through the review you will realize you have remembered a lot of it. If you're feeling confident you can even try writing or speaking in the language and then sharing it with the community for a review. Native speakers will then review the language and give you advice.

You can also help native speakers of other languages learn English in a sort of pay-it-forward type system. Some aspects of LiveMocha cost money but there is a lot you can do for free.

LiveMocha currently offers: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech  Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian (Bokmal), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Duolingo: Destiny's Review

Today, the language course I want to talk about is called Duolingo. 

Duolingo looks like it is going to be a big hit! When learning a language Duolingo gives you community in the truest sense of the word.

You get a profile page and a stream where you share your thoughts (that is very similar to Twitter, so if you are Twitter fan who has always wanted to learn a language this may just be the course for you.)

Show off your Spanish learning skills, earn points, share with your followers!

In each lesson, under the phrase is a place that says comment where you can talk about the word or phrase you've learned and ask questions. No matter how silly they are, someone may answer them and then you'll feel a lot smarter! The developers often lurk in the forums and one of them may even help you with your question!
Have a question? Duolingo members don't mind helping you out!

Duolingo's motto is "Learn A Language While Translating The Web."

Why is this their motto? Because on Duolingo they give you documents and you help to translate them using your newfound knowledge of the language.

Duolingo currently offers Spanish, French, Italian (beta), and Portuguese (beta) so if one of these is the language you want to learn you should go sign up. I almost forgot to mention, they offer English lessons for those of you who speak English as a second language and need to brush up.

One of the reasons why I like Duolingo is that it works like a virtual textbook and starts off with a really easy lesson. Every lesson builds on the things you learned in the previous lesson.

How easy is that?

It's also sort of like a game. You earn points, go up in level, and get to unlock new things making Duolingo a big winner

Bienvenido, Wilkommen, Welcome

Hola, amigos! My name is Destiny Lillian Funnington and I have a passion for learning languages. I want to learn ALL the languages. That is why I created this little corner of the internet. So, I can share and review the best places to learn languages on the web. The best part? A lot of them will be free because an eight-year-old like me can't afford to pay a lot of dough.

If you've read my books then you know that I am multilingual. I speak English, Spanish, American Sign Language and the basics of a few other languages. I also have two best friends Hope and Grace who were born in Japan and they speak Japanese.

Anyway, that's not the point of this blog. The point is to help YOU become bilingual or even trilingual or become a polyglot like me! I love languages.

Here you will find resources to learn the language of your dream whether it's Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, or anything else your heart might desire.

I am going to make my sister Faith study these sites, too, so she can become better at languages like me. She is not a natural when it comes to languages. She is good at playing the keyboard, though. Here's hoping you have a lot of fun on Destiny's Language Corner. What are you waiting for? Go explore my blog. Vamos!