There are plenty of opportunities to study languages online. Some of them are paid, though many are free. If you want, in fact, you can drown in the amount of information available. So why we do we even bother to encourage people to use an offline language learning software?
Because dedicated desktop-based tools, in our experience, simply work better.
Language-learning blogs. Blogs geared towards language learners are usually meant to be used as an additional resource, rather than a primary way to get information. If you are already attending classes or studying with a product, the unstructured, quick-and-dirty approach of blogs could prove helpful as an extra source of specific details. Don’t count on using them to learn from scratch, though.
Social sites. Language learning sites based on social media is an interesting concept. While I reserve my doubts about its effectiveness (it’s still new), the idea is novel. Basically, you learn by “socializing” with others, such as engaging in group exercises that you can do over the web. Personally, I’d rather go with the tried and true route of software-based instruction, though. Situations like this with too much input usually ends up destroying the pot (not to mention, seeing a lot of spam).
Sites with dedicated lessons. Some sites are filled with actual language lessons, similar to what you may find in books and software. While they may foster similar quality as some offline products (especially if they were based upon it), we still recommend going desktop-based for one reason: you’re not tied to the web for your lessons. In the case of