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Yabla Review: A Look at the Program’s Video-based Learning System

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If there’s one thing we know, it’s that videos make great language-learning tools.

You can listen to your target language being spoken.

You can stop, rewind and slow down.

You can add subtitles for reading practice.

Plus, videos…

An Honest Review of Mondly: Tech as Learning Aid or Gimmick?


How can an alligator in your bedroom help you learn a language?

Is there really anything a robot companion can do to get you to improve?

And, more importantly, is all this worth paying for?

Mondly is a language learning …

What’s up with WhatsApp? You Can use WhatsApp for Language Exchanges!


The world has moved on.

Gone are the days of using text speak and awkward emoticons ;-) to fit your meaning into 160 characters.

No more bashing those number keys until the letter you want finally appears—over and over and …

Stream Away! How to Navigate Netflix for Learning Languages


Grab the popcorn! Turn out the lights! It’s movie time!

Except we’re not at the movie theater—we’re snuggled under a blanket at home.

It’s quite likely that you, along with more than 100 million other people in the world, …

Learning, Translated: 5 Steps to Kindle Language Learning


Sitting on a beach or in a coffee shop in some far-flung place.

Showing everyone how interesting you are by reading Camus or Cervantes or Murakami in the original language.

Isn’t it a beautiful image?

Of course, the actual experience …

Looking for an Opportunity? Learn a Critical Language!


“Is anyone on this plane a polyglot?!”

That’s not a sentence you expect to hear in a Hollywood disaster film, is it?

However much you may love the idea of learning languages, you probably wouldn’t call it “critical.”

When you’re

From Constructed to Natural: The Most Logical Languages You Can Learn


“This language doesn’t make any sense!”

I’m pretty sure we’ve all said that at some point when trying to learn a new language.

Most of the time it’s just out of the frustration of not being able to understand …

Need a Quick Dose of Language Learning Motivation? Watch These 5 TED Talks


Want to sound super smart in front of your friends?

Want to do it in more than one language?

There’s a TED Talk for that.

In fact, there are a bunch.

TED Talks are a fast, entertaining way to pick …

Get Picky! How to Choose Which Foreign Language to Learn


We all have a different reason to learn a foreign language.

Maybe it’s for love.

Perhaps you’re moving to a new country.

It could be that you just really need to study for that test.

If any of …

Learn a Language Through Songs: Rockin’ Tools and Tips


Madonna once sang, “Music makes the people come together.”

There’s a lot of truth to that.

Music is a cornerstone of culture, and so songs have been written in every language since the birth of speech itself.

What might once …