I’m writing to tell you about an extremely useful site that I have been using on and off for the past year or so.
The site is called Lang-8 and it’s an online language learning community.
Here’s how it works:
1. When you create your free account you select the languages you are studying along with your native language(s).
2. Next you write journal entries in whatever your target language is on any topic you like.
3. Native speakers of your target language will then see your entries and correct them for you.
4. You, then, return the favor by correcting the journal of someone learning English, or whatever your native language may be.
And that’s it!
It is completely free to sign up and use the site, although you can also get a paid premium account ($5/month) and get some extra features. I haven’t done this yet and I personally don’t really see the need to do so right now.
You can add users to your friends list to make sure someone will correct your entries. I’ve surprisingly learned a bit about English grammar from correcting journal entries as well.
If you want pronunciation practice in your language of study, you can embed sound files you have recorded on sites like Snapvine or videos you’ve uploaded to Youtube.
From my experience with using the site I would recommend that you keep your diary entries short. That way, it is more likely that more people will actually read and correct your entries.
You can watch a short video introduction to the site here.
Or, go directly to Lang-8, create a free account and give it a try, you won’t regret it.
FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC
When: February 5-March 6, Thursdays through Saturday’s
What: In celebration of Black History Month at Portland Community College is putting on the Twentieth Annual Cascade Festival of African Films. They show pictures of Africa through the eyes of African’s rather than a vision of Africa that is packaged primarily for western viewers. Films represent African concerns that are political, historical, and social.
Where: Portland Community College Cascade Campus, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Room 104. 705 Killingsworth Street
Check out the website for more information!
I just discovered this site recently and thought that some of you guys
might find it interesting.
The project is called 6 Billion Others. It’s a collection of portraits of
people all over the world in short video clips.
If you create a free account for yourself you can also upload your own
testimonials or translate ones that have been uploaded by others.
Anyway, here’s the link and a short description.
6 Billion Others
In 2003, after The Earth seen from the Sky,
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, with Sybille d’Orgeval and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire,
launched the project “6 Billion Others”.
5,000 interviews were filmed in 75 countries by 6 directors who went in
search of the Others.
From a Brazilian fisherman to a Chinese shopkeeper, from a German
performer to an Afghan farmer, all answered the same questions about their
fears, dreams, ordeals, hopes:
“What have you learnt from your parents? What do you want to pass on to
your children? What difficult circumstances have you been through? What
does love mean to you?…”
Forty or so questions that help us to find out what separates and what
unites us. These portraits of humanity today are accessible on this