I have spent years dabbling at learning a foreign language, with limited success. I am pretty good at remembering vocabulary but have extreme difficulty in using it. I tend to get flustered and second guess myself. I also don’t really practice Spanish by talking to someone daily in my target language as life often gets in the way. That changed when I recently discovered the italki website.
One aspect of my Ipad that I love is the ease of using Skype or other video communication applications. There is something about video communication that I prefer over audio. I’ll be honest, I hate the telephone and “lose” my cell phone constantly; I also never listen to messages. Videos allow you to see facial expressions and feel connected. I recently tried to connect with a class member via Skype that did not work well due to technological difficulties. It was nice, though, to get to see her and communicate briefly. It lends a new level to what is oftentimes for me a disconnected experience.