Social Network, Live Mocha launched this week.
The site describes itself as “The social way to learn a language”, and the site is built around these 3 areas.
1. Community. Livemocha is the first-of-its-kind online language-learning community.
2. Lessons. Fun and interactive lessons that move at the right pace for you.
3. Motivation. Track your progress and reach your goals with Livemocha tools.
It is very well laid out and even includes integrated chat so you can get help for the language you are learning as well as give help to those learning your native tongue.
I worked in Asia for many years and managed to learn some basic Japanese, Chinese and Thai. Almost all of this learning occured in the country where you can interact with real people, using necessity such as needing to find transport or food to inspire learning.
Learning languages should be fun, and you do need help from a community. Whilst I still think learning languages in the country where it is spoken is the best method, Live Mocha will be a great way for people to learn online. I love the concept, have signed up and are in the progress of doing my first course .. Chinese 101