It is said that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the culture or society that speaks it, but more often than not, financial and time constraints can prevent such an endeavor. This is when Palabea steps in, an online language learning program that is perfect for everyone, from busy mothers who want to learn a new language to time-crunched college students looking to spruce up their foreign language grammar.
Founded in Germany by a pair of global-minded individuals, the Palabea network was designed to help improve learning languages among its users, whether online or offline. The company has partnered with various accredited educational organizations such as Café Babel, the leading European citizen media, and Deutsch Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. The fact that Palabea has localized their site in various languages (German, English, Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese and Japanese as of this writing) helps ensure that the site remains accessible to a wide audience.
So far, 163 countries are represented on the network, so finding other people who speak the languages you are learning is hardly a concern. As a part of the Palabea community, each user acts as both a student and a teacher. You may communicate or read materials posted by speakers of the language that you are learning, but you will also be encouraged to help others who are looking to speak your native language. Exchanges can be as simple as emailed messages to one another or as in-depth as live video chats. An additional section also exists to help you connect with people in your area who are either learning or know how to speak your languages to help facilitate the learning process even when you sign off.
Palabea is still in its beta testing stage, but it can already boast of having more than 50,000 active users and since its creators are still tweaking with the site, more features and tools will likely be added in the future.
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