Hello! I am Eugenia Jongewaard de Boer, a UX Designer with a passion for Customer Experience and Service Design. Follow me on Twitter, Dribble and Linkedin.

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Recently I have discovered this e-learning website called: Verbling. And when I see something I really like I love to talk about it so I thought it would deserve this post! Verbling is an awesome website that helps you learn or improve a new language by connecting you in timed video chats with other language learners or native speakers.

You have two options in Verbling: You can practice your language skills by joining classes which are provided on-line by native speakers or joining to Groups. Groups are free of charge. When you login to Verbling and choose the Groups section, you can find there groups of people chatting on-line using voice or video connections. I have found groups for learners of English, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, French and Arabic. These groups are organized using Google+ hangouts.

About the classes unfortunately they costs money but for a reasonable cost. You must have a ticket to join the class. You can get a ticket by inviting your friends to Verbling or paying 3 dollars for one lesson. In my opinion the best way to join is paying a monthly fee because you can join unlimited classes. Also you can watch on-line classes free of charge or pay to a tutor for personal classes. But the great thing I find in this website is the cool interaction between participants and teachers. The atmosphere is very friendly and culturally rich so you can learn not only another language but also lots of things about lifestyle and culture from people from other countries, etc.

It’s truly a great way to connect to the world while learning or improving your language skills at home ;)

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Last month I started german classes and I downloaded some applications for the iPad to start practicing! Goethe Institute, where I study, created a very cool app for the iPad. It’s an exciting adventure, solving a puzzling mystery, where you can learn German all at once: “Adventure German – The Mystery of Nebra”.
So if you are learning german like me you might like to check that out. Auf wiedersehen!

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The web is becoming increasingly multilingual, with more and more users likely to demand services and products in their native tongue. Let’s see this following chart:

published by thenextweb.com 2010/

TNW says that there are over 400m Chinese language internet users, a number approaching the 530m English language internet users. Other languages have seen rapid growth in the same period, like Arabic and Russian.

Also, Portuguese is with Spanish the fastest growing western language, and following estimates by UNESCO it is the language with the higher potentiality of growth as an international communication language in Africa (south) and South America.

And why is this so important? On a global scale, a massive 72.4% of consumers said they were more likely to buy a product online if the information was available in their own language.

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