Introduce Myself

02/05/2018 - 18:17 | natalia zamudio

I really don´t know how to say a lot of things that is important for me, but i'm friendly and i'm practice my English, if you have some questions, may i can help you with spanish, see you then....

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01/30/2018 - 12:45 | VortexOfIndustry




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rosaura a las diez --- capítulo uno

01/26/2018 - 16:09 | Chewie Lin

Hola, esto es mi primero repuestas por el capítulo uno del libro. Gracias.


1. ¿A quien se dirige la señora Perales en esta declaración?
La señora Perales dirige al hombre que vino a vivir a su casa.

2. ¿Cómo era el hombre que llegó un día a la Madrileña a pedir cuarto con pensión?
El hombre era pequeño, rubio, y tenía veintiocho años y tiene pelo rubio.

3. ¿Qué profesión ejercía Camilo Canegato?
Camilo era pintor.

4. ¿Cuánto tiempo hacía que vivía en la hospedería?
El vivía en la hospedería hace doce años.

5. ¿Dónde había vivido Camilo antes?
Camilo había vivido con su padre.

6. ¿Por qué llevaba Camilo corbata negra y un brazal de luto?
Porque su padre habia muerto

7. ¿Qué guarantía de su solvencia le mostró a Milagros?
El le mostró su libreta del Banco Francés.

8. ¿Quiénes eran los otros miembros de la familia de Milagros?
La señora Milagros tenía tres hijas y otros los huéspedes

9. ¿Qué clase de reglamento tenía Milagros para sus huéspedes?
Nada de alcohol. el horario de comidas las horas de desayuno, almuerzo, y cena. No ningúna luz encendida después de las once.

10. ¿Cómo reaccionaron todos al ver a Camilo?
todos vieron a los zapatos grandes.

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01/24/2018 - 15:56 | mgentle

Ignore my skype name it's silly and from when I was 12

I need someone to talk to for homework purposes and I really procrastinated oops

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Mixxer update, Thank You's and Badges

01/24/2018 - 15:45 | bryantt

Thank You

I've made a two additions to the site.  The first is a way to say "thank you" to other users.  If someone corrects your writing or is very helpful during an exchange.  Consider click the thumbs up icon at the top of their profile.


It will send them an email expressing your thanks, and other users of the site will be able to see that they've helped someone else.  FYI, if there are users who are offensive or are not here to learn a language, there already is a link at the bottom of every person's profile to flag for abuse, spam or inappropriate behavior.  This sends me a message, and I will then ban them from the site.



I've also set up some badges. They're visible via the Profile Search on each person's Profile Page. These are meant primarily to make it clear how the website should be used if people are serious about practicing a language.  Message other learners, add them as friends, write, and help others by correcting their writing.  This will also hopefully help more serious users find each other, and it's a way to say thank you again to those who are helping others.  Anyone who spends time correcting someone else's writing is good language partner, and it should be recognized.

The Messenger Badges The Friend Badges The Writer Badges  The Corrector Badges 

Messenger Badge

Has sent at least ten Messages

Friend Badge

Has at least one Friend.

Writer badge

Has posted at least one Writing or Blog post. 

Corrector Badge

Has corrected or commented at least once.

Messenger Plus Badge

Has sent more than 50 Messages

Friend Plus Badge

Has more than five Friends.

Writer plus badge

Has posted at least six Writings or Blog posts.

Corrector Plus Badge

Has corrected or commented more than ten times.

Messenger Plus Plus Badge

Has sent more than 100 Messages

Friend Plus Plus Badge

  Has more than ten Friends.  

Writer Plus Plus Badge

  Has posted more than ten Writings or Blog posts.  

Corrector Plus Plus Badge

Has corrected or commented more than 25 times.


Good luck with your exchanges.

Todd Bryant

Mixxer Admin

Dickinson College


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01/24/2018 - 08:21 | ekaterina.mosko...

Hallo! Ich heiße Katya. Und ich möchte einen Freund finden, weil ich gut Deutsche Sprache lernen möchte. Ich lebe in Russland und lerne Englisch auch. Ich möchte mit jemand ein Gesprach haben.

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Language Apps Are Really Just Vocabulary Apps

01/23/2018 - 10:28 | bryantt


(Image from Flickr user Bronx)

Hey look, a new app!

I came across an application that sounded interesting, Glossika.  It promised, as many now do, to use AI to learn a language. It also promised practice to communicate in real-life situations and to be able to “internalize” grammar structures from context.  When I tried it out; however, it was very similar to other “language” apps such as Duolingo, Babbel, and Memrise.  It’s a series of translation activities, learned by repetition, and organized by topic.


I should have known by the misleading “internalize” term when it came to grammar.  Much is made about the advantages children have when learning a language, and it is true that when it comes to sounds and accents, they have an advantage over adults.  Much less mentioned is the tremendous advantage adults have when it comes to grammar and other patterns.  We don’t have to listen to hundreds or even thousands of examples before we are able to recognize a grammatical rule and its exceptions.  Instead, we can simply read an explanation.


For example, Spanish verbs end in -ir,-ar, and -er.  Most verbs are regular.  For these they all follow the same pattern.  For -ar verbs for example.


Trabajar - to work

Yo (I) trabajo

Tú (you) trabajas

Él, ella, usted (He, she you formal) trabaja

Nosotros (We) trabajamos

Vosotros (You plural, Spain only) trabajáis

Ellos, ella, ustedes (They and you plural for Latin America) trabajan


The pattern is very similar for -er and ir verbs as well.  Imagine how long it would take to figure out the pattern based only on examples, especially if you learned some irregular, though very common, verbs first.  Instead, with a few minutes of studying you can conjugate most of the verbs in the Spanish language for the present tense. Unfortunately language apps never explicitly state these patterns so even simple and very common grammar functions, like the present tense, take a very long time to master.


Another key skill not addressed from these apps is the ability to understand and communicate using what little vocabulary we have and making use of the context to derive meaning.  Without this skill, it would be years before could have even the simplest conversation.  There’s simply too many possibilities to count on memorizing phrases as a path to fluency.


Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it’s boring.  To hear these short phrases repeated ad nauseum only to then move on to the next set is excruciating.  This isn’t to say that some memorization is required, but to so as the only way to acquire a language is both tedious and ineffective.


One of the great joys in learning a language is that any activity that involves reading, listening, speaking, or writing is helpful to learn a language.  Find a topic you enjoy to write about, read a book, watch a movie, or find a language partner.  Not only are these enjoyable, but you’ll learn to communicate with even a limited amount of vocabulary as your skill and knowledge grow.


These apps can be useful to add a few new words, but they’re only a small piece. Language is about communication, stories, and ideas.  This means as with most things, learning is best done by doing.

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01/18/2018 - 12:05 | VortexOfIndustry

日本語では、「俺」がいいですか? 「俺」で書きますがいいですか?


Is it ok to use 俺 in Japanese? Is it ok to use 俺 when writing?





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2nd Day

01/17/2018 - 19:42 | nick.neu

French Plurals- most adj and nouns often end in -s; these s' are silent

Pronoun conjugations with plural verb (Parler)

Je Parle

Tu Parles

Il Parle

Elle Parle

Nous Parleons

Vous Parlez

Ils Parlent

Elles Parlent

Usage of tu & vous

tu- singular and to be used around those you're familiar with

vous- formal usage

Pronoun, adjectives, articles agreement:

All three must agree with their nouns in both gender and number

Masculine Singular: Le Chat Noir

Masculine Plural: Les chats noirs

Femme singular: La robe noire

Femme plural: Les robes noires

Continuous tenses: 

French has no specialized continuous verb tenses unlike english. However to express something that is continuous you should use Idomatic phrase 'etre en train de' - I am in the process. 

L'Amour- Love is tricky in french language. Verb Aimer = Love, but adding an adverb to it expresses a different meaning. Amier bein translates to 'to like' 

Conjugations of Eres

Je - Suis = je suis

Tu - es = tu es

Il - est = Il est

Elle - ? = elle 

Nous- sommes= nous sommes

Vous - etes = vous etes 

ils/elles - sont = ils sont

Avior - to Have 

Je - Ai = J'ai (elision)

Tu - as = tu as

Il/elle - a = elle a

nous - avons = nous avons

vous - avez = vous avez

ils/elles - ont = ils ont


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I'm looking for study English SKYPE partner

01/17/2018 - 14:05 | 8

I am a Japanese 40 years old woman.

I am looking for language exchanges partner born and live in real  English country peaplo.

I want to know the European story of the  grammar and an accent and culture of the Medieval Europe.

And I like comic and Anime. If you want to read fav comic, I can read and lesson to you.

I live in Tokyo and I draw Doujinsi and participate in comic market. If you are MANGA OTAKU, maybe same hobby.

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