>More language exchange sites

>Hello dear students! A few weeks ago, I recommended you a website where you would be able to find people who are looking for partners to practice their speaking skills via Skype. Today I want to introduce you to two different websites which have the same aim, but different approaches.

  1. busuu.com: It is a social network like facebook or myspace but their main goal is not only to provide partners to practice your language, but you can also find all sort of exercises from various levels you can take and the same network users will correct. They are sponsored by the UNESCO and even teach Gomeran wistle language! Amazin site, isn’t it?
  2. babelan: In this case, this a languages site to find native people for a language exchange. It also allows to search and offer language classes and translations services. It also provides a Global language exchange (messenger, e-mail, voice) area. This is where you can find native people to practice your target language from home, just with your e-mail, messenger or voice software.

>Language Exchange via Skype

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Mixxer

I have already explained in class that there is a possibility for you to practice your speaking skills with native speakers. All you have to do is log on at The Mixxer, a free website where all those who are learning a foreign language advertise themselves searching for conversation partners. The rules are quite simple: half an hour in your language and another half in the partner’s one. Once, you start filling the application form to become a member, they will require a user name for Skype. Do not panic if you do not have any, you will find a link next to the box which will lead you to Skype’s website and start the process. Do not fear anything, nobody is going to steel your identity or do anything nasty to you. If you do not like what you see or hear. Turn the skype off and delete the contact. Dead easy!


>More interesting English blogs

>Hi there! Just about to start the weekend, isn’t it? But before we switch off I would like to introduce you to some good initiatives our colleagues from the EOI in Santa María de Guía have been running for a while and which you may find quite useful and handy. They are three different blogs, each of them devoted to the corresponding level and full of stuff to help you with your English. Below you have the links to each of them, don’t miss them!

>LEXIMO: The social dictionary

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Hello pupils! I have just discovered a new social web for those who love learning vocabulary in different languages. Its name is Leximo and I think it is quite a thrilling idea. Below you have the words of the administrators of the site explaining the philosophy behind this new invention. Feel curious and give it a go. You may find it exciting: making friends by giving away pieces of your own language. You will even learn new vocabulary. Don’t you reckon? Looking forward to your feedback.

Leximo is a “Social Dictionary” that invites users to submit words in every spoken language of the world. Since each word can be submitted by multiple users, definitions can vary widely in quality and thus other users can rank these definitions, so that the most popular definitions appear first.

The goals of Leximo are to:

  1. Formulate a vision in which Leximo is free and open to all users.
  2. Appeal to people who have an interest in world languages, culture and travel.
  3. Allow the contributions of users to directly translate into the advancement of Leximo.
  4. Bring together people of different ideologies, races, beliefs and cultures.

>Some help for the oral exams

>Hi again! God two post in less tha a week, I’m going mad!! But I have found so many things on the net that I’ve thought it would be a good idea to share them with you. For example here you are a link to an article of a blog tackling traffic issues. Maybe you can grab a few ideas for the oral exam. Remember the topics are educaction, holidays, traffic, changes in life and news. Cheerio!

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