I guess I don't really need to tell you how much I love Duolingo, do I? OMG, this is one of my favorite ones - especially if you don't have a teacher around. Maybe you really feel like learning German or Dutch, for instance, but you have no idea how these languages sound like... Which one should you go for? That's where Duolingo comes in! Besides being totally free, this page offers you a complete immersion. You can learn Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Hungarian, Turkish, Russian, and then some! Will you get fluent just by using this tool? Of course not! BUT, at least you'll learn A LOT. After that, you'll just need to brush up on your skills. I've been using it myself in order to learn French, and guess what? It works! :)
Ok, you've been learning a certain language for some time, you have these peaking listening skills but, unfortunately, you are NOT a jet setter. To top it off, you live in a small town where you'll almost never find a foreigner walking around. How to practice with someone in this case? Well, that's why we have the Internet! It's time to
P.S.: The only thing that I completely hate about SharedTalk is that you must have Adobe Flash Player installed on your device. Therefore, if you're an Apple addict like me, forget it! At least on the iPad, iPhone and the iPod. :(
This one is almost like SharedTalk, but you don't have to create an account in order to use it. Although you cannot chat or call people through their website, you can always get their Skype IDs and hit them up over there. I find it a bit more feasible if you prefer to use mobile devices. But yeah, you can check it out on your PC too. Why not? I use it everyday! :)
P.S.: The website itself is for those who are learning English. However, if this is your native language and you're learning something else, go for it! There'll always be someone willing to do an exchange.
Try to think of a facebook for language learners... Got it? Yeah, that's it! This is what InterPals is all about. You'll set up a profile, post some pictures, add people from other countries, chat with them and have fun! You can make a lot of friends over there! There WILL be someone whose native language interests you. Believe me! This is a fantastic place to put forth all the things you've learned so far.
#5 English Baby
As the name says itself, English Baby is for English learners. But, hey! You're not a dummy, are you? Don't let it put you off! You know the saying... "Chance only favors the prepared mind". Ok, English may be your native language, but so what? Don't pass up this opportunity! Take your chance and go find someone to practice with. You have the advantage here... You have something that they want REALLY bad! Now you just have to find someone that has what YOU want. This is not that hard, is it?
Oh, English is not your mother tongue?! Suck it up! If you're reading this article, you CAN speak this language, I guess. If this is the case, you can also use it to your own advantage. They want your english, you want their language and you're pretty much set. Be smart!
I don't really use this website in order to learn a language (although this is what it is for), but they have an awesome forum where you can get other people's Skype IDs and get in touch with them. Whatever it is you're learning, yeah, there's someone who speaks it over there. Give it a try and you'll see!
This one is absolutely fantastic! It is almost like Duolingo, but it comes with some additional features that I'm not giving to you in detail right now. Anyway! What it boils down to is that it goes beyond learning languages. You can basically learn anything with it. Check it out and it will blow you away!
If you've been learning English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Arabic, Irish or Chinese for some time, Alison can come in handy. The best thing is that they even grant a certificate to those who finish their courses. Don't worry, it's free! If you're a total beginner though, I wouldn't really go for this one - since the classes are a bit more advanced than they say they are. I've tried it once to no avail. I was trying to learn Arabic, but the lessons were way too advanced for me. But maybe you're smarter! Come on, give it a try!
P.S.: Like Memrise, Alison will provide you with much more than just languages. You can learn anything over there!
If you're not learning English, don't waste your time reading about this one. Just skip it and move on! EngVid basically consists of a bunch of native speakers doing exactly what I do on this blog. The difference is that they shoot videos instead. There you'll find lots and lots of tips on how to improve your English and thousands of lessons about street language, slang, grammar and whatnot. And yeah, it is for free. Enjoy! :)
#10 Buddy School
All right! You've tried all the previous methods and none of them seems to work for you at all. Maaaan, that is serious! Ok, if you have some extra bucks laying around and you need help with something more especific, Buddy School will do just fine. There you'll be able to find a tutor online and finally have your doubts cleared up once and for all. Cool, isn't it?
That's it! As you can see, learning a different language is not just about books and worksheets. You have to use it or else you'll never be able to hold a conversation with someone. I don't know about you, but I just love this whole thing! I've made so many friends on these websites over the past few years! Friends that InshaAllah (God willing) I will visit someday.
Please, let me know if you've been using different websites. I'll be really glad to check them out!
Do you have any questions? Ask away!
Have a nice weekend! :)