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  • 10 English Words Gleaned from the Irish Language


    Written by Miranda González In the United States, March 17th is often celebrated by drinking green beer and pinching anyone who’s forgotten to wear something green. It’s called St. Patrick’s Day, and it began as a solemn religious holiday in Ireland. When Irish immigrants came to the United States, the day began to take on…  read more

  • The Future of Livemocha is Here


    We’re pleased to announce that Livemocha is making some changes! Based on feedback we’ve received from you, our worldwide community, we’ve updated the structure of our language-learning platform and optimized your learning experience. What does this mean? Beginning today your Livemocha account will have a new look and new feel—and will be faster than ever!…  read more

  • Grammar Lesson: Three Main Functions of “Have”


    Written by Miranda González As an English learner, it can be confusing to see and hear all of the different forms “have” everywhere. In some languages, you have different words for these different purposes, but not in English! Let’s take a look at the three main functions of “have.” The better you understand how “have”…  read more

  • Language Spotlight: Ukrainian


    Written by Miranda González Few languages are as politically charged as Ukrainian. While it has 36 million speakers worldwide (32 million in Ukraine), its proponents have had to fight to keep it from becoming linguistically oppressed and eclipsed by Russian, especially because Ukraine only gained its independence in 1991. The Ukrainian language has been banned…  read more

  • A Valentine’s Playlist in 10 Different Languages


    Written by Miranda González Tired of the same old love songs? If you’ve got a special evening planned this Saturday, we’ve got your Valentine’s Day playlist covered—with an international twist, of course. Now that you don’t have to worry about searching out the best romantic music, you can put all your energy into planning and…  read more

How it Works

  • Learning with the Livemocha Community

    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.

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  • The Livemocha Methodology

    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.

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