“Learning a foreign language is very very important.”
– Donald Trump
Sorry, Mr. Trump did not say that before, I’m just kidding, because I think Mr. Trump is spending too much time on second language learning that makes his first language is not “very very” perfect.
Okay, get back to the topic, the five best websites help you learn a foreign language. Please note, most of the sites we’ll introduce below are not free, because the free stuff costs more indeed.
Italki is my favorite 1-on-1 live course platform for language learning.
You could find a lot of certified language teachers, almost any major language on earth. The price range varies from $4 to $80 per hour, and the average hourly rate is around $10 to $20. Italki provides detailed subcategory and filter to help you find out your online language teacher, such as the teacher’s location, skill sets, languages can speak and so on.
If you are not sure about the teacher’s lesson, you could request a trial lesson, usually cost around $5 to $10, and 30 minutes for the trial lesson. You could book a lesson on the teacher’s calendar on italki, which shows the teacher’s availability of the coming weeks.
Click here to give a shot on italki.
Udemy is a famous online course shop, in the subcategory of language learning, you could get tones of language learning course, (2385 courses found in Udemy Language Channel, until Sep 28, 2018). Most of the courses in promotion cost $11.99, that’s affordable for college students. The top 7 popular languages on Udemy are English, Chines, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Italian.
Once you purchase a course, you will be able to learn and review at any place and at any time. Some courses provide PDF lectures to download, and that’s pretty useful for you to review the lessons. The Q&A section is open to all registered users; you can ask your questions to the course owner and check the threads from other people would help you learn more. Click here to explore the language courses on Udemy.
Unlike the above language learning websites, Tandem is a language exchange app, which means it’s free. If you want to learn Chinese, you could find a Chinese girl on this app who want to learn English. The biggest problem of learning on Tandem is low efficiency. If you have no any basis on a second language, then it’s pretty hard to communicate with your language exchanger. Anyway, if you want to learn something basically, like Hi, Goodbye, I love you, that’s not a big deal. If you want to get more people to notice you on this app, a good picture of your profile will help a lot. Especially for a lovely girl.
Duolingo is another free language learning app and is claimed to be free forever. If you are new to Duolingo, you are promoted to set how much time you will spend on your daily language learning.
After that, the system would guide you to a test on your second language, you need to do some translation, and the test could be done within 5 minutes. Based on the test result, Duolingo would set up the learning path for you, and all you want to do is follow the path, learn new words, and sentences every day. If you finish the daily tasks, the dashboard of your account will highlight your achievement to keep you motivated.
Rosetta Stone is a language learning software. The first version of Rosetta Stone is released in 1992 and supports 28 language training courses; each language requires a standalone package. Rosetta Stone priced by subscription periods. If you want to learn Chinese via this software, and enrolling in 6-month subscription would cost you $89.94, and 12-month priced $131.88, a 24-month subscription fee is $179.76. After the purchase, you could also cancel it at any time within 30 days, if you are not satisfied with the software.
Are you excited about the above resources? Don’t just read, move your body and take actions.