Social Language Learning Communities
Social language learning communities make it easy to find an online language partner who is willing to collaborate with you so that you can both achieve your language learning goals. Many communities also provide their own open language learning lessons in addition to educational content created by community members. The following social language learning communities offer free but valuable education resources for learners around the world.
With over four million members, Livemocha is the largest social language learning network on the web. The site offers free lessons to improve vocabulary and grammar in more than 20 different languages. Livemocha also offers a global online community so that members can interact and learn through total immersion. Other educational features include a phrase translator and scripted conversation scenarios.
My Happy Planet
My Happy Planet is a global language learning community for people who want to find language partners or learn a new language from native speakers. The site allows users to upload educational content so that there are plenty of resources available regardless of the language you are studying. User-created content includes videos in multiple languages and lessons for students at various levels.
iTalki is part marketplace and part social language network. The site offers paid online lessons, but also encourages members to conduct free language exchanges through forums and content creation. Members of iTalki include more than 500,000 people from over 200 countries speaking 100+ languages.
Busuu is an online community for language learners. Site members can meet native speakers and practice learning new languages through Busuu's video chat application. Members can also access image and sound-based language learning units for free.
Hosted by Dickinson College, Mixxer allows members to connect with language partners around the world and chat with them via Skype. The site also encourages users to write and post blog articles to practice writing and communicate further with language learning partners. Each post includes a space for other users to comment or correct writing.
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