Social Language Learning Part 2 – LingQ

I wrote about Lang-8 in the previous post.  I really like LingQ as much as I like Lang-8.   LingQ is a language learning site which deals with 11 Languages.  The site has abundant contents that are very useful for listening and reading.  It is no wonder because materials can be imported from any other page on the internet.  After setting the LingQ button on a bookmark bar, you can easily import any text of interest by pressing it.  It is very convenient that the meaning of your unknown word shows up by clicking the word.  You can also create your own word list.  Since the sound can be downloaded into mp3 player, you can listen to it anytime and anywhere.  It is also possible for you to create original material by recording voices and typing texts. I want to try to create a Japanese one in the future.   For example, “A conversation of married couple’s fight” would be nice because such a situation isn’t common on most teaching websites .  lol If you pay some, you can talk with a native speakers on Skype or have your writing corrected. While I don’t need my writing correction thanks to Lang-8, I have speaking lessons with Americans.  By chance, I found two female Americans on the LingQ news feed who live in the suburbs of Chicago where I lived.  It is a lot of fun to talk with them.   It is also interesting that their teaching methods are different.   I wrote things about LingQ, but I still have lots of unknown matters on the site. Here is the promotion video.

Social Language Learning Part1 Lang-8

Have you noticed something different with my posts recently?   To tell the truth, I have published the posts after getting corrections by natives.    In February,  I was motivated by Yumi’s blog and decided to study English.   She is a porcelain artist and studying English on the internet to fulfill her dream.    It is boring for me to study English by using a textbook.   I thought if there were any social websites for studying English, I might be able to continue learning.   Then I searched for language learning sites.  After all, I created nearly 10 accounts.  Wow!

Out of them all, my most favorite is Lang-8 since it provides specialized services for writing.    After submitting your journals in almost any language, some other users kindly correct them for free.  (they are not always corrected though)    Of course, you can also make friends, leave comments and send messages.   As I wanted to do something for my English which has many grammatical mistakes, Lang-8 is just what I needed.   The corrections by native speakers help me learn a lot about English grammar.    Also, it’s just fun to correct foreigners’ Japanese journals.  Please refer to  http://lang-8.com/happyuan/correction_logs/sent   I feel like I have become a teacher. lol

Surprisingly, a young Japanese man, Ki Yoyo 喜洋洋 started up this site when he was 23 back in 2007.   He is amazing.   The site he created helps a lot of people all over the world.  Please read the  article.

Incidentally,  喜羊羊 is a name of famous anime character in China.  Both have the same pronunciation”xi yang yang”in Chinese.  The sound seems to have a happy and hilarious image in China.  Referent: http://bitex-cn.com/teaching_materials/126/show10112301.html

喜羊羊

The next posting will be about another favorite site.