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PhraseBASE: Conversational Foreign Language Learning Social Network

PhraseBASE is a service where you can learn a foreign language and also practice it with native speakers of that language. Some of the features are free on the site, like learning phrases or using the E-Phrasebook Flash cards online. Some of the free services you need to sign up for to access the service (like the online flash cards). To use the full language lessons feature, you need to make a payment online. To check out PhraseBASE, click on the link below:


Hello-Hello: Online Language Learning Community

hellohello_logo.pngHello-Hello is another online language community. It’s similar to sites like Livemocha, but there is a difference with this site, the ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) collaborated with Hello-Hello to help create the site. The lessons are great because they tackle very particle grammar like introducing yourself, what you look like, etc. You can write notes or create flashcards that you can share with other members of the Hello-Hello community. You can email other members and friend them. As a native speaker of a language listed on Hello-Hello, you can mark other Hello-Hello members’ submissions to written exercises. Another feature that is coming soon to Hello-Hello (it’s currently in beta) is a voice chat function to practice your language skills by speaking to another person. It is free and only has a few langauges (French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese). To try it out and create a free account, click on the link below:


Busuu.com: A Language Learning Community



Busuu.com is just like another website we reviewed earlier on this blog called Livemocha. Busuu.com is very similar to Livemocha in that you can review language vocab, listen to a conversation (but you can  answer questions based off the conversation in Busuu.com) which includes the vocab, and speak to others in the community to practice the language and write in the language and grade others in their written and audio assignments. What’s different is the availability of downloadable materials. To download vocab, you need to pay for an upgraded service (you can sign up for free service). What I like about Busuu.com more than Livemocha is that the vocab is practical conversational vocab, not just a review of random words in another language. What makes Livemocha better than Busuu.com is the multiple flashcard (which is free and you can print out) and vocab reviews that help prep you for the writing exercising and the audio exercises. You are also limited to a few languages with the free Busuu.com suscription, which is not the case with LiveMocha. You can learn many more languages for free at that site. Regardless, Busuu.com is a great place to learn a new language. To learn more about Busuu.com, click on the link below: