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When Will Tech Save us from Learning Languages

One week ago I started to learn a new language. My last attempt to broaden my knowledge of the romance languages was some fifteen years ago when I studied Spanish at an adult education center taking evening classes. So, it’s been a while.

This time I cut my teeth on Italian. As I stated in a recent interview, it’s not what I define as a “useful” language for myself; I don’t work in fashion or the arts. But I find it a beautiful language and I always wanted to speak Italian.To start off my journey, the current weapons of choice are a MOOC by the Università per Stranieri di Siena (Foreigners University Siena) on FutureLearn and the free self-paced Italian course on Duolingo. I will talk about my experiences in more detail at the end of the first month, but so far I’ve made good progress.

Having been involved in the online language learning vertical in many different roles throughout the past decade, from tutor to blogger to consultant to student, I know a thing or two about effective language teaching and learning online. I have a lot on my mind that I want to share with you in the months ahead.

Today let’s talk about technology and its promise to save us all the work and trouble of learning a new language.

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Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at