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Italki


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    Italki covers an amazing portion of the needs of any language learner. Written practice with native corrections? You’ve got it. Doubts about grammar? Ask away. Making native friends? Absolutely. Language specific blogs? More than you can count.

    However, what truly makes Italki so amazing is its tutor and teacher directory (in which you can also find yours truly). Outside the Internet, coming across a tutor whose prices and schedule match yours is actually really hard work: the whole process can actually be rather demotivating. That’s where Italki comes in: with tutors and teachers for over 67 languages located all over the world, with tariffs for everyone and classes from 30 minutes to two hours, you will definitely find that tutor you’ve been looking for!

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7 jours sur la planète


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    “7 jours sur la planète” and its mother site, “Apprendre le français avec TV5Monde”, are indispensable listening comprehension tools for the French learner. Everyday, new carefully picked audiovisual content is uploaded along with listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises for learners of all levels. In all honesty, if you wanted to learn French and didn’t have a penny on you, you could base your whole French education on this site.

    You can read more on them in my “7 jours sur la planète” review.

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Nihongo e-na


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    Nihongo e-na is the largest online collection of links to sites dedicated to learning Japanese. “E-na” actually means “nice!” (as in “niiiice, dude”) in Kansai dialect, which tells you a thing or two about where they want to take things with this website.

    You can find these sites by the following categories: Reading, Writing, Hearing Comprehension, Speaking, Grammar, Vocabulary, Kana, Kanji, Tools, Dictionaries, Culture, Society, and Others. They recently also launched iOS and Android optimized websites, too!

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Lyrics Training


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    Studies have shown that studying a language through music accelerates the vocabulary retention process and makes it easier to imitate native accents. Whole study methods have been built around this principle, so why not add a little music to your language learning regime?

    Lyricstraining.com is home to an interesting game: you have to fill in the gaps of a lyrics sheet while listening to its corresponding video on Youtube in such a way that you have to both listen and write. If you fall behind, the video will stop until you write the correct word you got stuck at. Don’t stop the music!

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Lang-8


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    Lang-8 is a social networking site slash blog hosting service, but it is one in which you’re warranteed to have readers, and possibly the kind of reader you’ll like the most: natives of your chosen language! In Lang-8, your readers will correct your entries written in the language you’re learning in exchange for you correcting theirs. The way in which they stimulate mutual corrections is via a point system, which push your account up in several rankings (such as “most corrections”, “most popular member”, etc). It’s actually pretty competitive in there!

    Lang-8’s free and paid services do not differ too much–a premium suscription shows your posts to native speakers as a priority above enables you to download your corrected entries to PDF, allows you to customize your page and URL, remove ads, upload pictures to your posts, among other options. Other than the possibility to check your corrections offline via PDF, the free service is quite respectable.

    Lang-8 has grown astronomically since its inception, which is surprising because it is still maintained by a minuscule Tokyo-based team, including its founder, YangYang Xi, whose own blog posts announce changes to the site… before being corrected by the whole community.

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