9 Useful resources for language lovers
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9. Busuu. Speak a language in 10 minutes a day
Busuu is a language spoken by only 8 people in the entire world. But this website can help you with the basics of 12 languages, using flashcards and games. And, with the app, you can take busuu with you and make use of any spare moments to keep learning. Queueing for a coffee? Waiting for a friend? Even on the journey to work – just download your lessons and learn with Offline Mode.
8. Lyrics Training.
Using music to learn languages is an old thing, I used to photocopy the lyrics from the lp’s when I was younger, but this is really a great alternative. Be careful when you start because it can get addictive even in your mother tongue! Choose a fave song and a level of difficulty then try to fill in the missing words in the subtitles while the track is playing. Great way to improve your listening skills and… typing speed.
7. Google Word coach. A fun way to expand your vocabulary right from your search results.
It’s a google feature, only on mobile. It’s a quick game, about sinonyms and opposites. If you don’t know any word, at the end of the five questions’ round you can see the definitions. It has increasing levels, each time you do two perfect rounds you get a card to level up. The main downside is that it doesn’t seem to remember your score. If you close your search and try it again, you go back to 0 and have to level up from the start, so each time you play you start from the beginging.
6. Language Zen. The future of language learning.
Language Zen is a website like duolingo with lessons from English to Spanish. And they are preparing a few more languages. It has “courses” and songs. If you choose Courses you can study sets of words and chosen phrases related to a subject and if you choose songs you’ll see the transalation of the lyrics, sentence by sentence. If you don’t want to go pro, you’ll be able to use it only for about half an hour and then wait for three hours. It’s very nice and easy to navigate but sometimes mixes Spanish from Spain and from Latin America.
5. Visual Dictionary Online. The dictionary with a new point of view.
From Merriam Webster, with 15 major themes you can access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before. You can explore the Visual Dictionary Online and enrich your mind. Perfect for home, school or work. Discover a visual world of information. They also created a version for Spanish students, el diccionario visual, and one for French students, le Dictionnaire Visuel, a nice way to spend some time larning basic words in a way you’ll never forget them.
4. Naboomboo. Learn a foreign language as you have always wanted to
Thesaurus.com is the world’s largest and most trusted free online thesaurus brought to you by Dictionary.com. For over 20 years, Thesaurus.com and dictionary.com, help us with English, giving sinonyms, antonyms origin of the words and examples from the we. You can also search results by relevance, word length, and complexity. They also have a word of the day service, and a few games, like crosswords, roundup, and up and down words, and some useful info about English…
2. Duolingo. Learn a language for free. Forever.
Duolingo is one of the bestknown websites and apps to learn languages, offers a big variety of modules (the circles in the screenshot below) which are grouped to form skills. It uses a learn and repeat method and teaches to translate from a language you already know to the one you’re studying. The app has won a few awards, and can be used by teachers to follow their students. Their aim is to teach languages and simultaneously translate the web.
1. Forvo. All the words in the world. Pronounced.
Forvo is a social database of pronunciations. Not quite sure how to pronounce a word or a name? Do you know the differences between English and American pronunciations, or between Spanish from Spain and from Argentina. Forvo is a free collection of pronunciation recordings for the vocabulary of every language, recorded by volunteer native speakers around the world. You can also collaborate pronunciating words, ask for the pronunciation of a word or rate the existing pronunciations.
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