Category Archives: Education

Learn a foreign language!

Websites for Language Learners – have you seen these?!

Duolingo – Fantastic, in-depth website that offers fun, interactive lessons for beginner and intermediate learners in around 30 languages. It encourages daily use with it’s game-like structure that is very satisfying. It also includes forums and other language-learning activities. Entirely free.

Lingvist – Good site for building vocabulary, especially after completing Duolingo as it offers more elevated content. I’d say Duolingo is quality and Lingvist is quantity. Both are excellent. Lingvist is free, but there is a premium, paid version.

Easy Languages – I cannot recommend this Youtube channel enough. The videos are interviews with random people on the streets of Berlin, Nice, etc. with subtitles in the native language and in English. It’s a perfect resource for improving your listening comprehension.

WordReference – Possibly the best translation dictionary out there. Lots of translations and example sentences for words, short phrases, and idioms in many languages. Also has conjugation tables for some languages and great forums.

Linguee – This dictionary works perfectly in conjunction with WordReference. This site searches through all kinds of websites that have already been translated, especially official government sites, to find real translations for more specific phrases. So if you have a phrase that you can’t find a translation for on WordReference, try Linguee.

Wiktionary – Another dictionary that is good for more obscure languages, often including full conjugation tables and pronunciation, though it is not as consistent in what each entry includes as it is edited by users.

Special thanks to Graeme Hafford who gathered this list!

A Student’s Article in Seattle Times: Students must take responsibility for education

Check out this article written by a high school student (senior at Skyline High School):

Opinion | Students must take responsibility for education as budget cuts loom | Seattle Times Newspaper