How to Say Excuse Me in Spanish and 13 Other Languages

Posted by Dynamic Language Sep 30, 2015

You can say excuse me to get someone's attention.

When visiting different countries, it can be difficult to talk to the natives when you don't know the main language. Many people in other countries may speak some English, but some don't, and others may look down on visitors who don't bother to learn their language.

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Topics: Language Learning, Translation, Global

Connect with Native Speakers on Speaky

Posted by Dynamic Language Aug 13, 2015

There are many apps out there nowadays that provide free foreign language lessons -- just check out a blog post we wrote profiling Duolingo, Mango Languages, and LiveMocha here. However, if you're looking to practice authentic freeform conversation, Speaky is a great tool. As a mobile or web app, Speaky combines language learning and social networking to allow for fun and easy language practice.

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Topics: Language Learning

Easiest Foreign Languages for English Speakers

Posted by Dynamic Language Aug 10, 2015

It is no surprise that some languages are easier to learn than others -- just ask any high school student who chose to learn Spanish over Arabic, or French over Mandarin Chinese. But, how much easier are Spanish and French relative to Arabic and Mandarin? And why is there a difference in the first place?

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Topics: Language Learning, Language

ASL Video Dictionary Offers Visual Learning Assistance

Posted by Rick Antezana Mar 2, 2015

American Sign Language (ASL) originated more than 200 years ago, is the 3rd most common language in the United States and is used by over 500,000 people in North America, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

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Topics: Language Learning, Sign Language, Communication

HiNative Language Learning App Connects you with Native Speakers

Posted by Rachel Varnergardner Oct 29, 2014

Language Learning Goes Mobile

One of the inevitable challenges of learning a new language or honing your language fluency skills is not having the “intuition” that comes naturally to native speakers. Most of us have had the frustrating experience of trying to find the meanings of words by plugging text into machine-translation services or searching in dictionaries, only to find terms that are either outdated or not used in casual conversation. We are often left with more questions than when we started! 

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Topics: Language Learning, Travel, Mobile Application

Language Learning with WeSpeke

Posted by Rick Antezana Jul 24, 2014

In May, Adweek posted an article about language learning that we absolutely loved! We recommend you read the full article, but here’s a quick summary: a school in Brazil connected young teens who wanted to practice English with elderly Americans in retirement homes looking for a little companionship.

Below is a video featuring some of the participants. Warning: it may bring a tear to your eye!

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Topics: Language Learning

Master Pronunciation by Learning the International Phonetic Alphabet

Posted by Josh Kroman Apr 8, 2014

Many of us know what the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)is – sort of. You’ve probably seen it in a dictionary before – characters slightly resembling the English alphabet written to the right of a word, e.g. \fə-ˈne-tik\. Many know that it explains how to pronounce the word. Very few of us actually know how to read these characters, however, as the IPA is largely ignored by the average citizen. It’s a shame, because knowing the IPA has great benefits!

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Topics: Language Learning

Chris Lonsdale Ted Talk: How to Learn Any Language in 6 Months

Posted by Josh Kroman Mar 21, 2014

The below video features Chris Lonsdale, creator of Kungfu English and author of The Third Ear, explaining how anyone can learn and become fluent in a second language within six months.

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Topics: Language Learning

Purrfect Your Spanish with CatAcademy

Posted by Josh Kroman Dec 19, 2013

The creators of Memrise – a free, online language learning program – have recently released a wonderful app called CatAcademy. The app, which teaches Spanish through entertaining pictures of cats, is quite ingenious and definitely worth downloading for anyone wanting to learn the basics of the language.

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Topics: Language Learning, Mobile Application

What Language Learning Tool is Best?

Posted by Josh Kroman Nov 19, 2013

Language learners are blessed with a plethora of wonderful, online resources for studying. Today we are taking a brief look at three of the most popular sites for language learning: Mango Languages, Duolingo, and LiveMocha. Each program was tested by spending about ten minutes on an introductory Spanish lesson.

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Topics: Language Learning