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Dec 31, 2007
We are now in a world where everyone is connected. There is no possible excuse to not be able to check up on someone or something even if one has a very hectic schedule. And also, due to this rapid globalization, being able to speak different languages ups your status notches higher. It also makes for an impressive resume because business tycoons will always be delighted if they have versatile and trustworthy people in their company. And if you are multilingual, then this makes you a great catch. Be a one of a kind employee and they will never let you go.

However, because of the active life that one leads, it is inevitable that one could forget himself and get carried away with the hype of living the life in the fast lane. This leads to having not enough time for polishing one's skills. But don't worry, that's already taken cared of. All you have to do is sit in front of your computer! With a lot of websites offering language lessons and tutorials, learning a language has never been this fast, easy and, not to mention, convenient. But to make sure that all your needs are met, here is a list of all the important elements when making your choice website.

1. Try to check and see if they offer audio samples of dialogues and bits conversations in the language that you want to learn. If they have some, then this site is one that you should consider. You can listen to the words that they utter and try to understand it without ever opening a dictionary. Learning a new language does not only have to do with being able to read and write in that way, but it also has a lot to do with being able to engage in a conversation. Conversing fluently in that certain language obviously shows what you have learned so far. It also shows that you can now easily understand and process it mentally. The faster that you can keep up with the conversation, the more good and fluent you are in conversing using that language.

2. A glossary of commonly used words is also very helpful. You already know that a glossary is very much like a dictionary so it is easier for you to associate words and meanings. Common words are obviously the ones that you should know first because they are present in almost every conversation. And with a glossary of meaning, you can easily peek in it in case you forget the meaning. It also makes it simpler to memorize the meaning of the words. It would definitely be better if you print a copy for yourself in case you find yourself in a situation without a computer.

3. The next thing that you will be needing is a list of common phrases. With a glossary in hand, that list which is used in everyday conversations would be easier to understand. It is most helpful if you are a traveler. Most languages have a certain resemblance with the English language in spelling and pronunciation. So unless you are studying Chinese or Japanese, it is easier to read and memorize the list. Secure a hard copy for yourself which you can read while traveling.

4. If the site offers exercises, quizzes and exams, then you have a good one here. These kinds of tests can check on how well you know the grammar. There are languages wherein the verbs tenses differ a lot in spelling. There are also ones that have something to do with the gender. So answering them will surely polish your know-how on the grammar. And if you are able to get a perfect score, then you can now say that you have advanced to a higher level. Trust that these kinds of tests can asses on what is your current standing. So as much as possible, don't miss taking one test.

5. Sample journals and essays should likewise be available. Reading and understanding journals and essays are some ways to know how well you can comprehend. You can also try reading them out loud to hone your pronunciation skills. If you can understand every single word, then the next step is to make your own. This way, you can test on just how good you really are already.

6. Lastly, you will need forums. Forums are like classrooms where you can interact and help one another. This is where you will know people who share the same sentiments and troubles on learning the language as you are. It is where you might be able to find new friends.
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