New user here with a question
I'm a LiveMocha user and I have already completed Italian 202 over there.
I just came here and this site looks fantastic.
I have a question, does the learning curve involve me writing essays and speaking into the microphone for pronunciations?
Will other community member in here check my submitted test for review like LiveMocha does or is it different here?
You can speak into the microphone for pronunciation or you can turn it off (Go to Edit Profile/Account/Microphone Off). As for the essays we don't have it here although you can go to immersion and translate articles on wikipedia. Here you get sentences in one language and translate it into the other (of course, you first learn what the words mean).
This is a really useful site that will help you learn any of the given languages in a fun and easy way. And the best part ..... IT'S FREE
no written essays here. You can use the microphone but it is not very, shall we say, discerning. ;) If you wan to develop a good speaking voice you are pretty much on your own, IMO, at least in Spanish.
I've used LiveMocha and Duolingo to brush up on Spanish. I liked the interactive component of LiveMocha but, from what I've seen, you'll learn more vocabulary and more complex sentence structures with LiveMocha. I've been studying French as a newbie for a few weeks with Duolingo and it's challenging, but I love it.
>> from what I've seen, you'll learn more vocabulary and more complex sentence structures with LiveMocha
You mean from DuoLingo, right?
I did mean Duolingo, but it's been a long time since I used LiveMocha for Spanish. I looked at it last night and realized they have completely upgraded the program since I used it, so you could be right.
I had the same experience. I read an article on DuoLingo somewhere and decided to check my Livemocha account, the site has completely changed and I couldn't figure it out.
So far DL looks like a lot of fun.