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5 Resources for Chatbots to Be Your Language Learning BFFs

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They interact like humans, but they’re not human.

They’re built of the latest technology, tweaked and reworked to perfection.

But don’t call them “hosts” or expect them to let you shoot them over and over again—this isn’t “Westworld.”

We’re talking …

Laughs for Learners! 10 Cartoons in 10 Foreign Languages

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Mickey and Minnie.

Tom and Jerry.

Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Some couples go together naturally—kind of like cartoons and language learning.

Okay, so they might not sound as cutesy together as your favorite cartoon couple, but cartoons and language …

50+ Language Exchange Topics to Keep the Conversation Flowing for Days

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Oh no… what do I say now?!

Avoiding awkward silences can be tough enough in your own language, let alone a language exchange.

Sometimes, you’re scrambling for a polite response.

Sometimes, you’re not sure you actually understood what your conversation …

60+ Vital First Words and Phrases to Learn in a New Language

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You make many choices every day.

What will you do today?

What toppings will you put on your frozen yogurt?

What size coffee will you order?

But one decision might have even more impact than how much caffeine you want …

Blogs You Can Use to Learn a Language: The Big List

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Textbooks only contain what can fit between two covers.

Videos come to an end.

Even your favorite language teacher eventually runs out of breath and stops talking.

All your standard learning resources are finite.

But realizing the limitations of your

Otherworldly Tech: The 9 Best Android Language Learning Apps

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The world is being invaded.

And our invaders’ numbers grow day by day.

But no little green men are involved, and we don’t need to recruit Will Smith to save us.

That’s because we’re being invaded by Android language learning

What Languages Are Spoken in Asia? A Learner’s Guide Through the Family Tree

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Language learners have the best kind of problem.

There are just so many wonderful languages out there, all beautiful and challening in their own way.

How could you ever possibly choose which ones to focus on?

It’s a …

5 Ways Anyone Can Learn Languages with Virtual Reality

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The future is now.

You can watch a 3D TV from the comfort of your couch.

You can morph your face from the comfort of your phone.

Hands-free devices allow you to focus more fully on your taco consumption.…

The 6 Most Bingeable Language Learning Roku Channels

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Watching stuff on Roku is entertaining… but not always productive.

Studying a language is productive… but not always entertaining.

But what if you want it both ways?

Can’t we have our fun and get fluent, too?

Luckily, learning a

Funny, Not Funny! 12 Humorous Errors and Mistakes in Language Learning to Avoid

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You never see them coming.

They get you LOLing and even ROFLing.

Let’s face facts: sometimes messing up is the highlight of your day.

While some language mistakes are funny, if your goal is fluency, you’ll have to work …