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Practice Pronunciation with NetProf (free)

I've added a new resource to Open Education Resouces page, NetProf.  You can see the languages it supports on the main page, MSA is Modern Standard Arabic. It's free and created by the Defense Language Institute and MIT. 

For teachers interested in language exchanges on the Mixxer

If you are a professional teacher, meaning you already have a class of students, and would like to connect them with native speakers, send me an email to 

How to have a successful language exchange

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(image from Flickr user Ron Mader)

In my last post, I wrote about how to find a language partner.  Hopefully that went well, you've contacted some people on the Mixxer and have agreed on days and times to meet on Skype.  What now?

Creating an online vocabulary list

Probably the first challenge every language learner faces is vocabulary.  Every day we encounter new words, and we need a method to keep track and practice.  The traditional way to do this is to write down each word along with its definition.  Maybe we do this on actual notecards, or maybe we use something like Quizlet.  Whether physical or digital, the process is pretty much the same:

Free resources from the U.S. Language Institute

Free language content from the U.S. Institute of Languages. It's a bit dated, as you can tell if you click on the blog for each language, but they have quality structured courses for seven of the languages. I'd suggest you start there. http://www.learnalanguage.com/