Livemocha: Free online language courses

Learning to speak, read and write in Japan was a humbling experience! As an English and literacy teacher during the day, I had the luxury of speaking my native language, but the second I stepped out of school, my language (and charades) skills were instantly put to the test. I remember writing an email to my father early on during my experience abroad stating, “I feel like I’ve lost one of my vital senses. I am surrounded by symbols and have no clue what they mean.”

Looking back on my time in Japan, I am so thankful for the experience it provided me of having to learn a new language. I am also eternally grateful for the patience my Japanese teachers afforded me as I hacked through short passages written in hiragana, katakana and kanji. Now, when I watch a young child learn to read letters and symbols for the first time, I have a whole new appreciation for the seemingly difficult, yet ultimately rewarding challenges involved in this complex task.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try learning a second language? Or, perhaps you want to remember what it feels like to learn how to read again? Today, I discovered a free website that allows you to do just that!

Livemocha is a website that contains free courses in Spanish, German, English, Hindi, French and Mandarin! Check it out and remember what it is like to learn how to read again!


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3 Responses to “Livemocha: Free online language courses”

  1. 1 BryanH February 22, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for the mention! Japanese on Livemocha is coming soon!

  2. 2 Jon Bischke February 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks Anna. Livemocha is a really impressive site. We’ve recently launched something that is designed to help people achieve fluency after they mastered some of the basics. Check it out at (Drop me a line and I’ll hook you up with a comped session. :))

  3. 3 readinggal February 27, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Hi Jon. I love your language learning blog! Great resource!

    Anna =)

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