One of my secret weapons is Skype language learning. There is no better way to test your language skills than by speaking with a native, and Skype means you don’t have to travel abroad to do this. Skype is becoming an increasingly popular way to learn foreign languages, and as such there are companies popping up online who will arrange lessons for you. However, they aren’t always that cheap. If you are on a budget you should try looking freelance websites like Fiverr.com. If you didn’t know this is a website where you can get pretty much anything for $5, and that includes language learning. Fiverr isn’t just for newbies language learners either, there are plenty of gigs for those proficient in a language and just want someone to have a conversation with.
There are a large number of people advertising language services for just $5 on fiverr.com. They tend to be students who come and go as and when they need extra money; so often you find a good teacher and then they disappear from the site when you try looking for them again. My advice is to establish a relationship with a teacher you enjoy speaking with whereby they are fine with you contacting them by email or on Skype when you want another lesson.
Fiverr lessons usually start at around 15 minutes learning, and that may seem short, but even in that time you will pick up great tips and learn new words. There aren’t many better ways to improve your pronunciation. Here are a few links awesome links I found today:
You won’t master a language on Skype, but in addition to your language learning software and phrasebooks, Skype is a great way to practice all you have learned with a native speaker.