Although visitors to foreign lands often communicate at a basic level by pantomiming, Americans inevitably give away their tourist status by gesturing with an accent. Pole-vault over language barriers with this Groupon.
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Courses in 38 languages incorporate a series of Internet-based multimedia lessons in four levels of fluency. Role-playing exercises give students conversational experience without making them fight the same three Cactuars over and over again. More than 15 million Livemocha members are a mouse click away to offer feedback and motivate lips to break out of the one-language rut.
One of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites 2010, Livemocha opens the door to multilingual mastery thanks to comprehensive lessons and a helpful online community that has grown to more than 15 million people. Through programs such as the popular Active course, students work to build conversational fluency in one of 38 languages, from French to Urdu. Courses include proven educational content from publishers such as HarperCollins. Cultural notes and practice with native speakers help students grasp conversational subtleties, such as the difference between a Spanish trill and the mating call of a blue jay.