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[REVIEW / Language Learning Tool] LANG-8.com

hehe samier i’m using this xD

Seriously, I’ve been a member of lang-8.com for years (since Feb 1st 2009) to be exact and I have never blogged about it??!! GOSH. Long story cut short: If you are a language learner, please sign up for lang-8! It’s one of the most effective, simple and best language-exchange site that I’ve come across. The site is an awesome example of a community where people share knowledge and help each other. Basically you write a diary / blog entry and native speakers ( fellow users) correct them for you! ^^ And it’s made easier because they allow correction sentence by sentence, so you actually get to see where you go wrong. If someone corrected it for it, return the favor. ^^

No more dodgy ‘language-exchange’ sites . It’s hard for me to show you exactly how the site works, so just go sign up for an account (it’s free) and get starting!

The best way is actually to keep your entry short. Most people will feel quite daunted if there are presented with like 3 long paragraphs to correct. Keep the content interesting (add some photos) and short. If you have to, break up the entry into a few parts so it makes it easier for the people to correct  ^^

hehe this image is the corrections I’ve gotten from my first ever entry in Lang-8!!! 😀 😀 omg it’s like… 3 years ago. o.o

And this is the correction I’ve gotten today! 😀 Hannah is really awesome, she actually explained to me some of the nuances associated with certain expressions! >< There’re really many nice people in Lang-8!!

Previously, I talked about making a foreign language blog. If you have one, copy and paste your entries to lang-8 too and get them checked! I have been doing that with some of my Japanese entries these days. Personally, I learn from my mistakes in lang-8 but I don’t edit the blog entry later on because I want to retain that authenticity in my blog. But that’s up to your personal preference!

If you are already on Lang-8, add me as a friend / find my entries here!

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    19 September, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Bahaha! I saw my name Shanna ;D

    I’m totally obsessed with this website, let’s not judge me haha

    I always get my entries checked before posting to my Korean blog ^^ Corrections are always given within 10 minutes, and the people really explain their corrections and take the time to answer questions. I have made so many friends that are helpful and kind and are willing to take the extra step to make sure I understand their corrections.

    The CEO actually contacted a few times via Twitter, he’s such a sweetie!

    All of you really need to sign up for this website. It’s a really solid website where you feel connected towards other language learners. Everyone wants to help each other in the best way they can and it just feels… perfect!

    Even if you don’t know a lot of Korean/Japanese or whatever language your learning, you’ll be able to learn with even just a few sentences. Trust me.

    If you’re not using this website, I doubt you’re actually learning the language – I keep getting my entries corrected no matter how accurate I think they are. The fact that there are native speakers means that they’ll make your corrections sound natural and not ‘textbook’ style.

    By the way, I need to add you on lang-8, Shanna! ^^

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      19 September, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      yes im always amazed at how fast the corrections come in. It’s definitely an awesome community over there! woahhh the CEO, that’s cool!! Where’s he from?

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        20 September, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        He’s from Japan 😀

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    19 September, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Oo looks like an awesome site! I shall start making posts there too~

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      19 September, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      yes!! xD it’s super good and I think it really helps in your language learning ^^

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    19 September, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    It’s one of the best online tools for language learning ^^ It helped me so much during my Japanese studies.
    Since I came back from Japan, I started to write about more specific topics, so it makes me learn absolutely new vocabulary as well.

    I also have been thinking of going pro X’D That’s how much obsessed I am.. so:

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      21 September, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      I love that they have the option to download it as a pdf for the pro members. A useful feature!

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    21 September, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    wow thanks kkk i will sign up now :p should have used this when i was writing my 자기소개서 LOL

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      21 September, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      hahaha!!! 😛 yes go sign up, hopefully you’ll find it useful XD and good luck on all the applications! ^^

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    22 September, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Hi,I have been following your blog for so many years(I’m the silent reader). I signed up for lang8 when I read about it in your blog. I would love to add you to my list of friends but unfortunately I couldn’t search for your name,would you please give me your id in lang8?I’m very new to the website and I dont know how to fully use it yet,i just signed up today. I’ll be very happy if you can add me too,I dont know if you can find me thru email add or id but I will be glad to have you as my friend. I dont know if my long msg to you will be publish,I apologize for such a long msg. Will wait for your reply,thank you.

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      22 September, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      hello! 😀 😀 thanks for leaving a comment!! http://lang-8.com/30800 i think you can add me via this link!

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    23 September, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    감사합니다 ^ㅇ^

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    10 March, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    One of the things I’ve done recently (after getting back into Lang-8 again) is taking my English blog (erm, as in, my blog!) and translating it into Chinese, and putting those on Lang8. It allows me to practice my translation skills without having to ‘come up’ with something to say in a foreign language.

    It’s really a challenge, and pushes me to explore how English/Chinese translation works for some high-level topics.

    That said, for first time learners of Korean/Chinese/Japanese, I think it’s awesome that some people just post one or two sentences. It shows you just how much FUN Lang-8 is to use. I freaking love it. And I think the site just wouldn’t be as fun if the people weren’t SO NICE. All the members are super cool.

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      11 March, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      wow translating into Chinese 😀 That’s a good way of practicing! I love Lang-8 too. Everyone’s just so helpful there!

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    7 October, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    yo should write in your lang-8 at least for records purposes lol . i’m sure you improved a lot in 3 years time

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