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Online Help for Language Learners

April 28, 2010 1 comment

In European countries, most kids grow up learning a minimum of two or three languages, and sometimes as many as five or more. And while it’s true that Europe embodies a multitude of cultures and languages in close geographic proximity, making it prudent to promote the learning of multiple languages, one has to wonder if these kids are receiving an opportunity that will allow them a certain freedom and confidence that Americans, as a predominantly unilingual people, will never enjoy. Luckily, it’s never too late to improve.

Kids are hardwired to learn language early on, so they can pick up multiple languages almost effortlessly. Unfortunately, adults have somewhat more difficulty. However, there are a variety of resources available to adults who want to expand their linguistic palate, from community college to online courses to learn-at-home options like Rosetta Stone.  Of course, the best way to learn a language is through full immersion (Rio de Janeiro, here I come!). But if, like most of us, you are unable to take six months off work to focus on learning another language, there are other ways to get the support you need, namely online.

Websites like www.lingomatch.com are a great way to connect with people, like yourself, who are looking for a little help. As their tagline reads, “Real People. Real Language Conversation.” From grammar to pronunciation to learning to read right to left, you can post your inquiry online and find people around the world, often native speakers, who can help you with literally any linguistic dilemma. For your part, you can also help them.  English is a rapidly-spreading language, but it is also extremely difficult to learn as a second language. On Lingo Match, you may find that you give out just as much advice as you receive. However, you’re likely to get a lot more than you bargained for.

As the global population continues to grow at an escalating rate, people from all corners of the world are coming into contact, making it possible to share cultures and languages in a way unparalleled in our collective history. This makes it more important than ever to meet on common ground and come to some kind of mutual understanding. Learning another language is a great place to start. Connecting with communities of like-minded people across the globe, through websites designed to promote scholarly interaction, could not be more essential to our collective advancement. And all you need is a desire to learn and an internet connection. At the very least, you will open yourself up to meeting a wide array of people from distant locales and diverse backgrounds. That in itself will be worth your while.

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