Live Mocha is a Web site that juices the power of social networking to help people learn new languages. The site brings native speakers and learners together in an innovative manner to enhance knowledge of a language.Learning on the Web
When was the last time that you wanted to learn Spanish or Italian but could hardly find the time to go for classes (owing to your already cramped schedule) or had a hard time finding a good tutor. Now, Live Mocha brings the power of social networking to help people learn new languages over the Web with self-paced lessons and also interaction with native speakers.
The new service lets users mention while registering what are the languages they are proficient in and what are the languages that they want to learn. Based on that you get to add users to your group so as to learn the language by interacting with native speakers and use the language lessons on the site.
A quote from the article at Technology Review:
Live Mocha is designed to emphasize conversation with partners found through the site's social network. All its functions are browser based, requiring no downloads. While users can study a language solo through the type of lessons typically found on instructional CD-ROM programs, they are encouraged to use the site's search function to identify and contact native speakers of their target language.
The social networking angle to the venture is indeed a great concept. With the Web making interaction among individuals so seamless, the opportunity to learn is immense. It's a great site for people seeking to learn different languages at their own pace.