From our Blog
by Miranda Gonzalez It’s the holiday season, and that means one thing: food, and lots of it. There’s a reason that so many people complain about putting on weight around Christmas – there’s just so much to eat at parties and family gatherings. In honor of all those delicious meals and snacks, let’s… read more
by Miranda González Call me a Grinch, but I get tired of hearing the same Christmas songs over and over again. During this time of year, there’s a station in my hometown that plays like 30 or so Christmas songs on repeat, and sometimes I feel like I might go crazy if I hear… read more
A couple of weeks ago, we gave you a crash course in American football terms since we are in smack in the middle of football season. This week, in response to a request from a Livemocha fan and blog reader, we’ll talk about football terms that have made their way into our everyday speech. Here… read more
Written by Miranda González This Thursday is a big deal in the U.S. because it’s Thanksgiving! (Mmm…pumpkin pie!) However, serious shoppers may be even more excited about the day that follows, Black Friday. If you love looking for a good sale (or even if you don’t!), you’ll enjoy learning about these idioms that are… read more
If you’re learning American English, you can’t help but get sucked into American culture as well. And something that’s a really big deal in the United States is football. We’re not talking football as the rest of the world knows it—the one where players wear shin guards and only the goalie can touch the ball… read more
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The Livemocha community is made up of language enthusiasts: teachers, language experts, other language learners, and native speakers proud of their language and heritage. Community members help each other learn in a myriad of ways: they leave comments in response to practice exercises, build mini-lessons within exercise feedback, have practice conversations via text, video or audio chat, provide language practice and culture tips, and give much-needed encouragement.
We believe that language is not merely an academic subject but rather a performing art – something that must be actively practiced in order to master. A learner can watch people speak a new language, memorize all of the grammar rules, and talk about the language ad nauseam. But to truly speak a language, a learner must actually try it out with a partner. Real conversational fluency takes good instruction, a dose of courage, and a lot of real-life practice.