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 without resorting to charades with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a 12-month online language course from Livemocha (a $99.95 value). Choose from French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
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 nine million people. Pick up a foreign tongue without wondering where it’s been or how to explain it to a customs agent by working your way through one of the company’s Active courses, which helps students build conversational fluency in French, German, Italian, or Spanish over a 12-month course. Courses progress through four levels of fluency, from beginner to intermediate, and incorporate a series of Internet-based multimedia lessons. Role-playing exercises give you a chance to raise your conversational experience level without having to fight the same three Cactuars over and over again.
Livemocha's more than nine million members will be a mouse-click away to offer feedback and provide lips with the motivation they need to break out of their one-language rut. Each course includes linguistic lesson content from educational megapublisher HarperCollins, as well as cultural notes to help you understand subtleties such as slang. Stick with it and you could be talking your way out of an embarrassing baguette faux pas in Paris or talking your way into an exclusive graham-cracker boutique in Hamburg in no time.
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.