In terms of flexibility, contents and tools for language learning, how do you compare these two websites?
http://www.yabla.com ( btw, I came across this website from Stephen Krashen’s subscribed newsletter. However, Stephen has already said that he is not responsible for their success or failure even though the owner of the website was claiming to use some of his language ideologies.)
My first impressions were impressive since I’m a visual learner. I deduce meanings of certain words from person’s body language). You can check out demos.
If you’re a beginner that sites looks pretty good. Well presented and you could probably learn a lot from it.
But, it is aimed at beginner-intermediate and the material is limited to what they provide.
I might join for a month to see what if it’s any good for my mediocre French.
In terms of flexibility, LingQ wins hands down, surely?
Lingq is more of a complete package no doubt. However, there was no harm of comparing two different language systems and getting opinions from different language users. I don’t know if a zero beginner can tackle lingq right from the start with zero knowledge background in the target language
Even if after learning a language with a much better system like lingq you could not spell out 'enough" correctly then what’s the point? “enough said” was present in my longman dictionary but not “Nuff said”.
But you know Steve was totally against the usage of slang terms. Since no educated person can understand them learners had better utilize their time on learning meaningful words. For the time being, let me check the exact definition of slang.
Yabla.com looks pretty good at what it does but for me Lingq 's main strength is its flexibility and that it serves as a platform where you can take pretty much anything you find on the internet and make it part of your language learning programme.
Plus we can do videos on here too!! If you connect a youtube video up to the resources part of an imported lesson then give it a transcript written by a native speaker you’ve got a great a quick, simple and effective lesson! I did Spiderman from the 90s cartoon
I checked both Longman and Cambridge dictionaries. Slang = very informal language usually spoken rather than written by a particular group. For example , chicken is a slang term for a coward person. Actual meaning could not be understood just from looking at the words. Nuff or Y’know or Singin’ are not slang terms if we go by the official definition.
Conversations on discussion forums on the internet are generally pretty informal and people speak in a very conversational style. Its not like writing an essay or something where you wouldn’t usually use terms like “nuff said”, “gonna”, “y’know” etc etc. It’s good stuff to read on a forum like this because you’ll inevitably hear this sort of stuff in conversation. You might wanna be a bit more flexible with “offical definitions” of stuff too by the way.