March 01, 2010

Online Language Study Resources



ONLINELANGUAGESTUDY

There are plenty of desktop or audio-based programs for Russian language study, the best known being Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur, respectively. But we wanted to look at online-only tools for Russian language study, sites that use the principles of Web 2.0 and social networking to make the learning process more effective and meaningful. Below are brief reviews of what we found. Of course, we have likely only grazed the surface, and welcome readers to provide input and share experience via our blog.

 


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Word Champ

Word Champ

This site has lots of flashcard sets you can access, plus a nice audio implementation; it seems to be used by lots of teachers. You can create your own flashcard sets and work through them, and can also connect up with language tutors. Different paid membership plans, starting at $9.95.
LinQ

LinQ

Several levels of membership, from free to $79/month. Learn vocabulary online or by downloading audio files (everything from radio talk shows to short stories) to your iPod. There are online lessons and you can arrange writing consultations with tutors via Skype, or join in live conversations.
Quia

Quia

Like LingQ, this is a cross pollination of social networks and language learning, with the ability to find teachers, interact with activities and quizzes, and use online exercises to improve your language skills. Intended largely as a supplement to classroom courses, it can nonetheless be used by individuals.
Live Mocha

Live Mocha

Probably the best-known of the sites we visited, this nice service integrates friends and an online community with learning resources, language skill tests, and interactive flashcards. Users help one another and there are tools for beginners through intermediate level.
Teach Russian

Teach Russian

Mainly an online resource center for Russian language teachers, it nonetheless is full of useful reference materials for students. Loads of free exercises you can download and work through. (Dis­closure: This site is run by the folks who helped us compile our Uchites insert.)
Lingro

Lingro

A very cool glossed reading tool that lets you use the web to learn to read Russian better. Enter a Russian website address (like a news site)?while at the lingro.com site, and indicate that you want to translate from Russian to English. The page loads (in Russian)?and then you can click on any unknown word on the page and up pops a dictionary balloon.

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