If I Only Had the Time…

One thing that I have contemplated learning how to do but never had to the time to persue is to learn how to speak Spanish!  I know this a social networking course, yet could I put a slant on this such that I could use social networks to help me accomplish this goal?  My interest is created by the large influx of Hispanic people that have become my patients in the hospital.  I feel that I can better serve these individuals if a clearer line of communication could be established.  So.. what is currently being utlilized to address this issue if communiction or answers are needed immediately or within the next ten minutes?  The hospital uses a telephone language line that allows for immediate translation for languages which the health care provider is unfamiliar.  You dial the number, tell the operator which language that you need help  and a translator is provided.  Although somewhat cumbersome it does seem to work.

But that does not help me with my learning of the language.  Obviously, the long term goal would to be take structured courses offered by the college and over a period of time try to develop competency.  Interestingly, some online course have been created to assist students who cannot attend class.

Where does social networking enter into the picture?  With a little research I have discovered several networks that are available to accomplish this goals.  Consider these:

  • LiveMocha (http://livemocha.com/) – free website offering structured lessons along with socia interaction.
  • Italki (http://www.italki.com/) – although not free, this site offers teacher/ student student interaction, extensive social networking and a wiki.
  • SharedTalk (http://sharedtalk.com/ –  online learning community run by RosettaStone.  Shared email and chat rooms.
  • Mangolanguages (http://www.mangolanguages.com/) – not free. Couples a social network with language instruction.

I find it interesting that social networking can be used to facilitate learning in such an interesting way!

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Instructor - Delaware Tech
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3 Responses to If I Only Had the Time…

  1. I’ve always wanted to learn to speak another language (French actually, I know, so very practical right?), but never thought of using social media/networking resources to do so. I’m definitely going to check out some of the links you have provided. Best of luck on your quest to learn español!

  2. jhill1113 says:

    Matt,
    I am teaching a course at the end of Nov. at Esperanza College and wanted to learn some basics in Spanish. I signed up on the livemocha site and it is perfect for me. I asked my nephew to teach me some basic since he very fluid but he never has the time. I guest I have to be a DIY.

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