English180, learn English online for free.

May 9th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Immigrants to the US from central America usually speak very little english and some speak none at all.  To be gainfully employed in the US, it's better to learn English so at least you're good to go mostly anywhere in this country or where ever.

English180 is a free web service that is designed to teach English to anyone but it's most especially designed for Hispanics.  Though if you already have the basics in English or the dedication to learn by pictures and sounds, you'll certainly learn something.

English180 has a Flash player that plays podcasts, vodcasts and interactive flash movies which are very useful when giving guessing games or quizzes.  The lessons are pretty much basic and getting around can be done with the mouse.  The interactive movies include clicking on pictures then the word is displayed and the pronunciation is played.  For someone who uses English everyday it's all kids' stuff and you'll realize how it was to learn to speak when you were a toddler.

Other interactive media in their Flashplayer include crosswords, multiple choice quizzes, flip book lessons for simple phrases and other things.

There are also intermediate lessons like vocabulary and grammar.  These lessons are delivered by a lot of podcasts and vodcasts and of course interactive flash movies.

The great thing about English180 is that their lessons are direct everyday applications of speaking in English unlike the ones that were taught to me back in school with all the jargon on sentence construction and word use.  English180 also has these but they are all presented in a practical easy to use and understand way.

Moreover, users can register on the site and monitor their progeress through quizzes, exams and exercises.  For people who know no other langguage other that Espanol, the whole website has a Spanish translation.

With this tool now readily available, it's good to see that many Hispanics and non-English speaking people can learn English for free.  I'm hoping they do this for French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and German.