Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:17:36 +0000Géralde Vincent-BancroftLearning a new language can make you reap multiple benefits,you’re aware of it, but you’re leading a busy life and time is of the essence. it’s hard to find a moment which coincides with the Monday evening class at your local College or University. You will have to give it a miss again. Maybe…
Learning a new language can make you reap multiple benefits,you’re aware of it, but you’re leading a busy life and time is of the essence. it’s hard to find a moment which coincides with the Monday evening class at your local College or University. You will have to give it a miss again. Maybe next quarter a Tuesday class might be available and it never happens. life goes on, and you never fulfilled your dream of learning this new language. STOP. This was in the past, nowadays we’ve got the mighty internet to the rescue.
Here are some ways the internet can make language learning more approachable.
The Internet is used more and more for Educational purposes
Technology is used more and more for educational purposes and it has transformed the way people learn, and languages is one of them. Thanks to it, you can study what you really need and want to know, thus making the experience more personal.
You’re in charge when using the online tools, and you become responsible for your own learning path.
What are these tools you have at hand?
1- Online courses
There are a multitude of them on the web, both free and paid offering great and easy ways to become fluent. The essential is to choose the one that fits your requirements.
2- Social media
Through social media you’re connected to people learning or using the language you’re studying. These online communications allows you to practice and get immersed in the foreign language. You’re also provided with help if you request it, when belonging to online language groups.
3- Language Blogs
Like this one: Strategies In Language Learning, where tips are provided for better learning. Other blogs written in the target language of your choice talking about topics of your interest can be very useful.
Podcasts in your target language give you a feeling of immersion, and you’re able to absorb words and expressions used by the locals.
5- Reading Materials
Reading regularly in your target language is important. Online newspapers are a good example and they give you the added bonus of being informed about the current affairs of the country in question.
6- Tracking Apps
There are quite a few apps that can help you track your progress. Tracking helps you keep motivated and it’s a useful way to measure your success.
7- Watching Videos and Films
With the help of You Tube and Netflix amongst others, it has become easier to watch videos, films, dramas, and to listen to songs in your target language. it’s a great way to get used to native speakers’speech in their usual environment. It allows you to practice your listening skills as well whilst you’re creating an immersion background without having to find time and money to visit the country where your target language is spoken,
8- Video Conversations
With Skype you can talk regularly with native speakers.There are some websites providing the means to contact native speakers either for free(as a language exchange) or paid (using a Tutor) .This allows you to improve your listening and speaking skills whilst enjoying a pleasant conversation.
Using the internet for language learning is without doubt an efficient way to acquire a new language especially if you’re leading a busy life.
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