Another Tool for Learning Languages

A while back I wrote a post about Duolingo.  A free app for learning and practicing new languages.  I really like the Duolingo program, but I found with that program I could read the language quite well, but struggled to hold a converation.

Because I always like to be learning, I continue to hone my foreign language skill sets on a regular basis.  Wanting to expand past my Duolingo training, I remembered my friend had mentioned using the Coffee Break Language Podcasts for learning French.  I did some research and found 5 different languages that are available.

Coffee Break Language Podcasts

  • French
  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • German

The Coffee Break Language lessons are free and can be easily downloaded to your podcast library.  I have been working with the Coffee Break Italian for a week or so now and find it to be very helpful.  These programs focus on teaching you conversational language which is very helpful.  I have been able to build on the words I learned using Duolingo and turn those them into relavent conversations.  What I like about this program is that you have an opportunity to speak the words or phrases during the lesson.    It’s also nice that they do a short review of the last lesson at the beginning of the next one to reinforce what you have already learned.

The lessons aren’t too long, so it is easy to squeeze one in during your ride to work or while making dinner.  Why not, right!  If you want to get even more experience, they also have a Facebook Page for each language that offers additional practice opportunities.  The more you practice, the more fluent you will become.  A great skill for those of us who like to travel!

Give it a try!