Coursera meetup #2 Learning Languages Online

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Overview of what are your options if you decide to learn / practice languages online. Covers main platforms and additional materials.

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  • Skype in the classroom is a very interesting and spectacular addition to the Skype to make it more globally recognized. Skype is really connecting all Tutors of the world in one platform to help in learning and focusing on the quality Teaching through Skype online..Through Skype,you can learn many languages worldwide. I am learning german on Skype through Preply http://preply.com/en/german-by-skype and attending german classes on skype . I have found a very good Native german Tutor at Preply for learning german. Now, I regularly practice german on Skype with my Tutor. Preply is a great platform for Language learners. I am happy and highly recommend Preply for getting the services of teaching german on Skype and also it is a great experience while having Skype conversation with Native speaking german Tutor.
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Coursera meetup #2 Learning Languages Online

  1. 1. LEARNING LANGUAGES ONLINE ❝The limits of my language are the limits of my world.❞ ‒ Ludwig Wittgenstein @danielharcek Coursera.org Zilina Meetup 3rd of Oct 2013
  2. 2. Agenda ● Answers first ● New Babel ● Podcasts ● Platforms ● Native Speakers ● The Others
  3. 3. Answers first motivation? ● what language you want to speak / understand? ● how will you use the language? ● are you willing to learn and train regularly? ● do you plan to spend some money on it? WRITE. SPEAK. PRACTICE. learning must be active
  4. 4. New Babel free is the magic word ● passive ○ reading ○ listening (podcasts, radio) ● active ○ writing :) ○ tests ○ conversations (skype, etc.) ● complex ○ courses ○ teachers ○ platforms
  5. 5. Podcasts English as a Second Language Podcasts In English Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten Deutsch - warum nicht? Conscious listening to radio is for more advanced but can help. E.g. BBC or Deutsche Welle.
  6. 6. http://www.duolingo.com/ language learning website free 6 languages (spanish, english, french, german, ...) While learning you help to translate the web Not focused on speaking skill Mobile apps http://www.busuu.com/ social network for learning languages freemium 12 languages Course format (learn, quizzes, speaking and writing assignments) Basic and premium classes (if you pay you get access to all languages) Mobile apps Platforms many choices as well
  7. 7. Platforms you don’t get all for free http://www.babbel.com/ online language learning software commercial 13 languages Trains pronunciation Mobile apps ~60€ per language per year http://livemocha.com/ online language learning community freemium 38 languages (more advanced courses 5 languages) Free to join and basic courses Pay for active series (advanced courses) Promotes active participation to improve conversational fluency
  8. 8. Native Errh get that accent ● https://www.verbling.com/ partially free ● http://www.italki.com/ skype, ~15 euro per lesson ● http://www.glovico.org/ skype, ~8 euro per lesson ● http://www.mangolanguages.com/ ● http://www.palabea.com/ Learn & Earn :)
  9. 9. The Others there is more ● lingq.com freemium, structured reading ● languageexchange.org community learning exchange ● bbc languages multimedia / phrases ● memrise.com flashcards ● rosettastone.eu method, expensive ● pimsleur.com method, even more expensive Find a learning partner.
  10. 10. THANK YOU for your time and attention “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” Charlemagne questions

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