My process of learning Spanish just got easier with the discovery of Lenguajero.
As my search to bring you the most useful and interesting websites related to learning Spanish continued, I stumbled across a gem of a website. Lenguajero is a social networking site where you can connect with native Spanish speakers and have a language exchange. This site is completely free and offers many unique and interesting opportunities. A common desire to learn language brings together people from distinctly different backgrounds so that they can converse and not only learn language but also learn about cultures as well.
Features of Lenguajero
When first logging in, Lenguajero prompts you to “Have a Conversation”. You can type into the text box whatever topic you would like to talk about. Then, you can either go look for a conversation partner or simply wait to be asked to converse with someone. Some good topics to talk about would be family, music, movies… or really anything that you might share a mutual interest in. I haven’t yet tried to converse on Lenguajero.com so my verdict on the functionality is still to be determined. It’s been my experience that most of my conversation partners prefer to use skype to communicate. This is done simply by sending a message to someone you’re wishing to communicate with and either obtaining their Skype name or giving them yours. Skype can be downloaded here.
The site offers a daily topic on which members can write. For example, today the topic is about funny travel experiences. The prompt encourages you to write about your funniest experience while traveling. After submitting your short story, a native Spanish speaker will look over your story and provide feedback so that you can learn which mistakes you made and how to improve upon them.
In the forum area you can ask language-related questions, life-related questions, or pretty much anything socially appropriate that you want. You can also answer the questions of others that are posted there.
The flashcards link will take you to a list of different flashcards to help you with your language learning. This is a particularly neat function of the website because you can also make your own flashcards. This is an excellent way to study for that upcoming test or to just review what you might have learned in the past but need to pull from your memory.
Lenguajero I think is a truly excellent resource because it allows everyone to get exposure to a foreign language spoken by a native speaker no matter where you’re located. Learning a language is truly done best when one can converse orally with a native speaker… It’s no longer so unattainable… You can bring Spain, Central or South America straight to your living room right through your computer! I encourage you to go onto this site and see what it has to offer for you!