The internet, with its unparalleled ability to connect people throughout the world, is changing the way that many people learn languages, reports the New York Times. There is no still way to avoid the hard slog through vocabulary lists and grammar rules, but the books, tapes, and even CDs of yesteryear are being replaced by eMail, video chats, and social networks. Livemocha, a Seattle company with $14 million in venture capital financing, mixes a social network with lessons for more than 38 of the world’s more common languages. The initial lessons are free, but unlocking some of the additional features...

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