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Memrise uses "mems" to increase your vocabulary, which are a way to connect a word to its meaning. A common example is associating a word with an image. Mnemonics are another one they use to help you remember new words. For example, "le parcours" (route or course) could be remembered with the mem "People who do parkour pick their own route". See More
I've found Memrise to be one of the better resources for learning phrases. The combination of pronunciation by native speakers and repetition of phrases makes speaking the common phrases feel natural in a very short period of time. It's also a great option if you want to learn the useful stuff quickly for travel. See More
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Clozemaster helps you learn vocabulary in a natural way by giving you regular sentences and asking you to fill in the missing word, either by typing or using multiple choice. For example, "Apenas hay __ en esa ciudad". The additional context using natural speech helps get you comfortable with the language. See More
This can be a problem when in a given sentence there are multiple words that could go in the text field, and the translation narrows it down to one possible answer, but then it turns out the translation gave the wrong word for that slot. This is particularly an issue with pronouns for some reason. See More
Sentences are from the user-curated database Tatoeba and not all of them are written and checked by native speakers. It is impossible to know the original source of a sentence. Additionally, because they do not control the database they pull the words, reporting individual sentences will not help that much. See More
After completed a sentence, it is read out loud by a native speaker of your target language (some sentences will allow you to hear it spoken by multiple speakers). They read it out clearly, but at a conversational pace. It gets you comfortable with hearing the words spoken in a normal, conversational way. See More
A lot of language learning sites expect your starting language to be English. Clozemaster teaches target languages in a variety of different starting languages. For example: if you want to learn Spanish, the language used for explanations could be English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and a few others. See More
It's not your standard learning website with structured courses. Instead, it helps you get more familiar with your target language by translating content when needed. This can be really beneficial for someone trying to improve their fluency, but isn't going to directly teach you grammar. Readlang is better used to supplement your learning while learning from structured courses. See More
Where many programs will have you writing single sentences at most, Lang-8 encourages you to write short stories or diary entries. Having to actually write in the language rather than simply remember vocabulary is a really beneficial feature for improving real-world use of the language. See More
Write as much or little as you like, about the subject of your choice, at the level of difficulty of your choice, taking as much time as you wish. Intermediate and advanced learners can benefit the most from this, but beginners can still use the site to practice what they've learned elsewhere. See More
"Memories" act similar to a Twitter feed. You can post pictures, ask questions, or let the community know what kind of chat partner you are looking for (for example: maybe you want to discuss a specific topic with someone). You can "love", and comment on memories. See More
You have to decide when you've had enough playing the games, or set a timer. The games do not end the game for you, so it's not smart about conserving your energy or ending the session when you've learned the material or when you've gone beyond 25 minutes which is the limits of most people's ability to focus. See More
You can tell Bliu Bliu which words you are comfortable with and which you aren't by rating them as "easy" or "hard". The site keeps track of these and gives you pieces of writing that use a good ratio of words you know and words you don't. The more familiar you get with the language, the more difficult the reading becomes. See More
The site will test your knowledge of your target language after signing up. If it finds you are just starting out, it will suggest you come back after you know a bit more vocabulary. Bliu Bliu throws you right in by giving you things to read in your target language, rather than giving you structured lessons. See More
its really useful and recommended for all language learners! See More
All the CDs for one language cost nearly a thousand dollars. The .mp3's are about half that. Your local library may carry the CDs, those that don't may be able to get them via inter-library loan (ask your librarian). You can also find them used and re-sell them for nearly as much (depending on how long you want to wait), after you finish. Be certain to get the same edition for all levels. See More
If you are looking to learn enough of a language specifically for travel, then their courses specifically for travelers are worth looking into. They are slightly discounted at $7.99/month, and usually take 30-80 hrs. These will teach you the important phrases you need to know, rather than forcing you to spend weeks on grammar at first. See More
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