In the lengthy time since my last blog post, I’ve been steadily improving as a Spanish student, mostly through reading and watching shows on DirecTV Más.
I was reading through some posts on one of my favorite American-Expatriates-in-Mexico sites (Falling in Love with San Miguel) when I came across a brief mention of a language learning resource called LiveMocha. Wow! I had no idea what I was missing out on.
LiveMocha is one of the most innovative uses I have yet seen of social networking on the Internet. It is a vibrant community of people who are learning various languages, and the community knowledge is leveraged in a fascinating way. I am a native English speaker learning Spanish, so as I progress through the lessons, my writing and speaking exercises are graded by Spanish speakers. In return, I assess the progress of students who are learning English. It’s brilliant!
The lessons themselves are really excellent, and I can tell this is going to jumpstart my learning process yet again.
It seems that language learning comes in steps up to a plateau, followed by a period of time where it seems like you are making no further progress. I’m excited to feel the beginning of a new learning acceleration, fueled by this excellent new tool.
Head over to LiveMocha and check it out. Feel free to send me a friend request. I am registered there as KenSmith.