• Free (or Cheap) Study Helps

    Using Google Translate for Language Learning

    Looking back on my first language learning experience – a high schooler in a level one Spanish class – I distinctly recall asking myself, “When am I EVER going to use the word ‘skycap’ in Spanish? I never use it in English!” Unfortunately, I discovered over the years that many initial study programs are plagued with irrelevant translation exercises, wasting time and precious motivation trying to teach vocabulary words that will rarely, if ever, be used. Fortunately, there exists a simple, yet powerful tool for language learning in Google’s Translation service, found at http://translate.google.com. Although it isn’t perfect, it is a great initial resource for one simple reason: It translates…

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    Mobile Freebies

    If you’ve ever looked for language learning resources, you probably discovered pretty quickly just how expensive many of them can be. This shouldn’t be surprising, really – programs charging for services will have the financial resources to advertise and put their product in front of you. Finding inexpensive resources can take a little bit more time, but can be well worth it when comparing savings. If you’re “techno-savvy” enough to have a smartphone, one option for inexpensive resources is to search for applications (apps) within the mobile communities that are tailored to language learning. Many of these apps offer a “lite” version for free for the user (you) to try…

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    6 Free (or Cheap) Language Learning Resources

    Are you familiar with the word “miser”? I realized the other day that when it comes to learning a new language, I happily bear that title – a miser, a penny pincher, a stingy old goat. I see no reason to spend much money on learning a new language. There are so many free (or cheap) resources to provide the information necessary to learn a new language that paying a lot of money for a program doesn’t make sense to me. The only advantage I see with the expensive language programs is that they provide structure. But the problem is that it’s a one-size-fits-all structure that may or may not…