After an evening of nostalgia and cleaning up my computer documents (yikes). I came across an interview I had the opportunity of doing while teaching abroad in Zaragoza, Spain. The opportunity was fantastic and it reminded me of how much I love and enjoy languages and cultures of those that are not my own. If you understand Spanish, check out the article here: http://www.elperiodicodearagon.com. If not, chrome’s translate feature does an alright job of making a translation.
Besides that, I thought I would recommend a couple of places you can go if you’re interested in learning a new language. Below are a few sites/apps that I’ve found super helpful and user friendly:
Duolingo is a free language learning app offered on both the Apple and Android market. Currently there are about 5 different languages to choose from and the learning method is both fun and interactive. You can start at the beginner level or if you’re more advanced you can test out and move ahead to the next level. It will send you a daily reminder to practice and is an easy way to learn during your downtime throughout the day. For being a free app definitely a great tool!
Mango’s collection of languages is pretty amazing. My first time on the application was spent deciding on the language I wanted to learn. Japanese? Portuguese? Pirate? … It took some time. Besides it’s great options, Mango has similar features to DuoLingo. It is available via desktop and mobile application and allows you to test out for various languages.
3. Rosetta Stone
One of the benefits of working at a university is having access to an extremely large library 1-2 minutes away from my office. Here I was able to find a copy of Rosetta Stone, which is a great tool for learning any language. The learning modules include reading, writing, listening and perhaps what I think is the best, speaking. I’ve always been told that the only way you a learn language is to speak and the activities force you to do this in order to progress. Currently I’m on Italian and learning a lot. Still when it comes to Rosetta Stone it is a little expensive, so if you can find it at your local library that is the way to go!