Five Best Online Language Learning Communities

If you want to learn a foreign language, one of the best tips anyone can give you is to get in contact with native speakers or to travel to a country in which the language is predominantly spoken. Travelling is expensive and time-consuming, but getting in contact with native speakers easily is now possible thanks to the Internet. Chatting and talking with native speakers can help us not only learn a language or improve our language skills, but it can also help us to learn more about the different cultures from around the world. There are lot of websites that connect language learners and native speakers, and we have collected some of the best ones for you.

1. LiveMocha

Livemocha is one of the most vibrant and extensive language learning communities. On Livemocha, you can add friends, send messages, and interact with other students and native speakers. You can make flashcards and ask other people to review your work. Also, you can help other people to learn the languages you are fluent in already.

2. Palabea

On Palabea you can create your own language learning materials and give lessons to others. You can also add friends and communicate with other language lovers via private message.

3. Italki

On Italki most of the language learning materials and classes are not free, but there is a big community which allows you to get in contact with native speakers without paying a dime.

4. Busuu

Busuu is a website for learning languages free of charge. It supports English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Polish, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. Along with classes, Busuu offers the possibility to interact with other people and help people with language lessons while learning from others.

5. The Mixxer

The Mixxer is an interesting website which offers you a way to connect with language partners. These people can get in contact with you easily via Skype and start learning and sharing knowledge immediately.

How to set up Adobe PDF Reader to open at last page viewed?

If you use Adobe Reader for reading your PDFs, you have probably noticed that by default, the reader is set up to open at the first page of the document. Some might find this annoying, especially if you are reading a book or a longer document that spans hundreds of pages.

For example, you are reading a 300 page PDF book, you got to page 100, closed the PDF reader, and the next time you opened it, Adobe Reader brought you back to the first page. If you are not sure where you stopped reading, you have to scroll through pages, and re-read some paragraphs to find where you stopped.

One solution would be to create a bookmark in your Adobe PDF reader, but that is not possible if you have a free version of the reader, which many do.
However, you can solve this problem by setting the PDF reader to open every PDF document at last page that was viewed before closing it.

Go to Edit – Preferences in your Adobe PDF Reader.

Then choose the Document tab and check the option: “Restore last view setting when reopening documents.

So the next time you reopen your PDF book, you will be able to continue reading from exactly where you were when you closed the PDF document.

This setting is valid not only for the last PDF document you read, but for all PDF documents you have opened recently. You can set up a number of PDF documents you want to follow in your recently read list. To do these go to Edit –Preferences again. Choose Document – and in the field Documents in recently used list enter the desired number.

You can access documents in the Recently used list at the bottom of menu when you click on File.


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How to export Gmail contacts to Excel?

Gmail allows us to export and import our contacts in csv format. CSV format is useful because it can be opened in Google Docs, Open Office and in MS Excel. The whole process of exporting gmail contacts to csv is pretty simple and it takes only three steps:

1. Go to the Contact tab in your gmail account,

2. Select a group of contacts or specific contacts,

3. Click on More – Export to start extraction process.

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Choose option to export your gmail contacts to a csv file.


Since csv files are supported by Excel, you can just click on the file and open it in Excel. If however, you come across any problems in opening it, you can solve them by importing csv file into Excel. Choose the Data tab and the From Text option, like you see in the picture.


After this, the Text Import Wizard will appear. It will lead you through several steps, one of which is choosing the type of delimiter. Once you’re finished, you’ll have a list of gmail contacts in your Excel document.

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How to extract MP3s from videos?

If you want to listen to music on your MP3 players, but only have songs in video formats, the solution is to convert video formats to MP3. MP3 is widely popular audio file format it’s convenient, compact and compatible with pretty much any kind of music player. We have selected for you a list of the best free tools for extracting mp3 music from videos.

1) Pazera Free Audio Extractor

As its name says, this tool’s main function is audio extraction from video formats. Formats supported are AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, MOV, RM, 3GP, WMV and VOB. The extraction process is extremely easy.

2) Audacity

Audacity has multiple sound and music editing features. MP3 extraction is only one of them. It is optimized to work especially with MP3 files and, therefore, gives you the best possible output quality.

3) AOA Audio Extractor


AOA Extractor is also specialized in the extraction of MP3s from video formats like AVI, MPEG, MPG, DAT, FLV,WMV, MOV, MP4, and 3GP. It is very intuitive and easy to use. There is also a premium version, but the free version is enough for quality MP3 extraction.

4) Format Factory

Format Factory is an excellent, multifunctional media conversion tool. Basically, this tool will convert all video file formats to MP3. It supports multiple languages as well.

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Why you should convert your resume to PDF?

creative resume

1) Preserved Layout

When you send your resume as a PDF, you can be sure that your layout and all the little tweaks you have made to it will be preserved. Sending a PDF is a better option than sending an MS Office document, because the people looking at your resume could all have different versions of MS office, which means that each of these people will see your resume differently. Things get even more complicated if you create your resume using Open Office, Libre Office, Google Docs or some other non-Windows tool.
PDF is your best bet in order to ensure that these potential employers will be seeing your resume the way you intended it to be seen. You can also easily make sure that your PDF cannot be edited by anyone else. It has been reported that some recruitment agencies input their logos or other information in people’s resume. With PDF this will not happen.

2) PDF is visible on every computer

By using PDF, you don’t have to worry about whether your potential employer or recruiter uses a Mac or Linux operating system. All operating systems can open a PDF and it will look just like it does on your computer.

3) Show off your skills

If your potential job involves creativity and good design and presentation skills, a PDF is the perfect tool for showing off these skills. You can include images, different text styles and illustrations to make your resume unique and eye-catching. You will have many more options than you do when using MS Word, which is pretty limited as far as image and design manipulations go.

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