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The biggest obstacle in language learning may be the difficulty to find a native speaker or someone for speaking practice. That will not be a problem anymore because there is an interactive and interesting website called Verbling that connects you with language learners and native speakers. I have been using it to learn Spanish. Verbling supports several languages, such as Spanish, Italian, English, French, and Russian. It is free.

Chinese Dialects Around Me

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Here I want to cover a little bit about the Chinese dialects that exist around me, the place I grew up and the place where I am living now. I grew up as a Hokkien/ Fujianese person, with a quarter part of me as Cantonese. It is still fresh in my mind that I used to learn Cantonese from my maternal grandmother on my visit to her house every Sunday. 

Language Groups

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The very common problem that a language learner encounters in the journey of language learning is about which language to learn. I myself also have gone through that situation. What I did was to conduct a small research about which language has got the most speakers, the most preferred, the most useful in the job, and "the most" list goes on. 

Based on my experience, I found out several languages that I could group together. They are chosen because of having the similar patterns of grammar, vocabularies, or having significant influence. In other words, by learning one language of them, you may have an idea and, perhaps, may have covered a big amount of another language of the same group.

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