A big "Hi, how are you?" from Ricky 'Kiwiprofesor' Rutledge. It’s a real pleasure to have been asked to join the Fluent team, and help our faithful Language Learners. One of my most important reasons and goals for being here is to help motivate, inspire, and guide you on your language learning and teaching journey. I say journey because you know its not going to be fast, nor easy, but it will be well worth it. My challenge as a language trainer is to help light the fire, passion and hunger for learning, one that will last a life-time. It's a big challenge, but it's possible.
Im a language learner too so I know it's hard. Sometimes I feel very motivated and study my grammar/vocabulary etc., sometimes not. I know it's all about a little and often, but, you know - no time, no energy, too busy, no internet, forgot my books, don't feel like it today, manana - I know all the excuses. Never fear, Kiwiprofessor's here! It’s a journey you don’t have to take alone - your teachers, tutors, friends, family, social network buddies, they’re all here to help you, just ask.
Where are you from, Kiwiprofesor?
I’m from Wellington, New Zealand originally, but I’ve been living and teaching English here in Colombia for the past 5 years. I love it here - the eternal summer, natural fresh food, happy people, stunning flora, fauna and landscapes...I feel privileged indeed.
People always ask me how I came to be here and why I stay here - well it’s a long story, but if you want to know more, I’ll tell you the full story, stay tuned to this blog to find out...
Learn Languages by Reading with the Readlang App
From time to time, I'd also like to recommend certain programs/apps which I have experience with, and which I recommend to my students. I know you guys think a lot about vocabulary, and how to learn and remember all those lovely new words. This week, let me introduce you to Readlang, a web app for learning languages by reading, and focusing on vocabulary and phrases. Access inline translations of words and phrases from any website or text to improve your reading speed and motivation. Readlang creates flashcards from all the phrases you translated, to help you remember them in the future (like Anki/Quizlet/Memrise). You can also export your words to those other programs. Here are some Quora reviews.
For Example, I Use Readlang Like This:
It sits in my bookmarks bar (here’s the chrome extension and bookmarklet), and when I am on a Spanish language webpage that I need help with, I click on it, and it puts a tool bar at the top of the page. Then, when I need to translate a word or phrase, I just click the word/phrase, and it gives me the translation. There are other tools that do the same thing but Readlang is also great because it gives you the option to save the translated vocabulary and phrases on their website, where you can practice them using flashcards, and much more.
Readlang supports lots of languages (some more thoroughly than others), including full support for English, Spanish, German, French, and all the main European languages.
How Much Does Readlang Cost?
The free version gives you unlimited word translations, and 20 phrase translations per day. The 'Supporter'/Pro version costs $4.99 for 3 months (basically $20 a year) and for that you get unlimited word translations and unlimited phrase translations. Here’s a Youtube playlist of Readlang tutorials.
So that’s it for my first post guys, I hope you feel a little more motivated, inspired or even learnt something new. Remember, I’m always available to answer questions, or just chew the fat, I'll leave you with a thought:
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