Cost: Mostly free (some Premium, optional content)
Languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
The most important aspect of learning any language is practice, practice, practice. However, for many students just beginning their journey on the road to fluency, practising outside of the classroom can be nearly impossible. Even assuming he or she can find another person to practice with, the fear of sounding stupid or making a mistake often paralyses students. As a result, few students get the critical practice they need outside of the classroom.
LiveMocha aims to change the way students speak a language. A combination of both textbook and social networking site, Livemocha is making it easier for students to practice with native speakers by encouraging their users to make friends with those looking to learn their native tongue. Livemocha does a good job matching say, English students looking to learn Spanish with Spanish students looking to learn English. How does it work when its all put together? The answer is, surprisingly well. Continue reading