Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kitabu. Book exchange site for language learners

Kitabu. Book exchange site for language learners
As you know, Babelan.net is a community where you can meet native speakers and practice languages (language exchange). You can practice your speaking face to face, if you are in the same city, or virtualy (with skype, messenger, etc). Also, you can practice your wirting if you exchange language through a chat or e-mail.

There is another way of free exchange to learn and practice foreign languages. It's a new web page called Kitabu. And in a nutshell is a book exchange site for language learners.

How it works

It's pretty simple. If you have a book in good conditions, just fill in the form in the section "I have a book that you no longer need", and it will be collected.

And if you need a book that is available, you have to order it (in section "I want a book"). You'll just pay the shipping.

You can see that it is really easy. So far, there are books to learn English, French and German. And more will be added.

Reasons

There are different reasons to built a community like this that you can read here:

- Environmental: sharing books, save natural resources such as wood, save water and to prevent its pollution, save energy and prevent pollution.
- Collaborative consumption: there are books than you don't use any longer, but other people could take avantage of them.
- Economic: it's cheaper to share book than buying new ones.
- Convenience: you will receive at home the book your ordered.

Hence, If you like Kitabu join them and share its link: http://llibresidiomessegonama.wordpress.com

Language Exchange

If you want to practice, improve and exchange languages visit Babelan.

Find a job with Facebook

Encontrar empleo con Facebook y las redes sociales.
Most of you study foreign languages in order to find a better job. Probably, this is the main reason to learn languages. Speaking properly a foreign language could be the key to success searching a new position.

Nowadays, thanks to internet and the social networks, finding a job is "easier". At least, you can apply for a position that you would never know about without internet.

Recenty, a blog called Cádiz empleo that publish a post (50 páginas de Facebook para dar un "Me gusta" al empleo) with 50 Facebook pages to find a job such as Zona jobs, InfoJobs, Infoempleo, Adecco, Europeos.es, Empleo El Pais o Hablemos de Empleo among others. Bookmark this post.

Links

If you want to meet people and practice languages with native spakers visit Babelan.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Am I capable of learning a foreign language?

What a question! It may seem difficult to answer it but the answer is pretty categorical: Yes. Anyone willing to learn a foreign language is capable of it.

There is another related question: is it easy? Now the answer is No. Everyone can learn a language although it requires time, an effort and the patience of a saint. Some people learn faster than others. And some have more spare time to study. However, in the end, you will speak a foreign language if you really want.

First of all, you must believe that you can get it. Also, you must believe that you are able to learn it. Then you will success.

In addition, you need to find a motivation. Some people learn languages for professional purposes. Also, there are people who like to travel and need languages. Having a fiance is another good reason. In fact, learning languages can be just a hobby. Simply find your goal.

You need to be a bit tenacious and to study or practice everyday a bit and never leave it. Everyday you can do different activities such as your homework (if you are studying in a language school). You can also read articles or special books for students of languages. You can often listen to your target language (thanks to internet you'll be able to watch videos, television programmes or to listen to radio stiations). Search web sites to learn your target language (there are dozens of them) or to practice with native speakers (e.g. here).

Finally, never forget that if you work everyday, soon you'll notice your improvement.

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If you want to meet people and practice languages with native spakers visit Babelan.
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