Language Learning Resources
Finding Conversation Partners
- livemocha.com A social networking site for people trying to learn languages. Allows you to chat with people who speak the language you're trying to learn and who are trying to learn the language you speak. Also allows you to do exercises (both written and spoken), and connects you with native speakers who critique what you've done.
- The Mixxer Find language partners and talk to them via Skype.
Email Partner Info A great free internet
service that helps you find German-speaking email
partners. Sometimes you have to try it a few
times before you get a partner who writes back regularly,
but it always works!
- Deutsche Post's Letternet The link actually takes you to the about.com page that explains what Letternet is and how to use it; from there you can get to the actual LetterNet website. Letternet allows you to find "traditional" pen pals to whom you would actually still write letters, and it is very efficiently organized by Deutsche Post!
Deutsch Website Info on finding Email partners
[Choose any chapter from the chapter menu near the top of the page, then click on "Briefkasten" and follow one of the links] An excellent collection of resources for finding email
partners for students and teachers!
- About.com E-Pal/Penpal Info
Pals in German A service provided by Mathias Adelhoefer;
free for learners of German (as opposed to native
speakers, who pay a fee). Ask your instructor
or stop by the German
Lab if you need help filling out the form!
This electronic pen pal service invites you to fill
in the on-line application to list your profile so
that you can find a pen pal with similar interests
for professional or personal contact.
- studivz Die deutsche Version von facebook! Eigentlich kein Emailpartnerservice, aber vielleicht können Sie hier deutsche Chat-Freunde finden... Klicken Sie auf "Immatrikulieren", um einen "Account" zu bekommen.
- jetzt-Chat (mit Tutoren!) The main page includes info on when tutors (from the Universität Gießen, which hosts this site) are present in the chat room, but you can enter anytime. Follow the link to the "Weltzeituhr" to translate the German times into your local time. You can pick a username spontaneously, or you can register your username for free.
- about.com German Chat Moderated chat available on a set schedule as described on the website.
Deutschland-Chat Look for "Deutschland-Chat" under Chat > Countries.