There are very few language sites that offer useful, free information to help you actually learn the real language (slang, idioms, informal speech, etc.) About.com’s language sites do include a lot of useful information, but the problem is finding what you want among the bazillion pages and sponsored links that look exactly like the content. I was reviewing the most common advanced mistakes in French this morning, and my hand cramped up just by clicking on the necessary links in order to read all of the information.
Each section of about.com has a “guide” who adds content every few days and keeps a blog. Laura Lawless is the current French guide, and she recently moved to Hyères, next to Toulon in the south. She’s also the author of several French and Spanish books. Hmm, living in the south of France, working for a language website and writing language books. Why do other people get to live my life??
Anyway, I headed over to the German section to what’s new and discovered that About.com is currently hiring a new German guide. Too bad I’m not fluent enough in German to apply.
If Laura ever decides to leave her job as the French guide, you can be sure I’ll be applying for it!