‘I remember buying children’s books in Italian when I was learning the language and watching the TV show Friends with Italian subtitles’ Client Relationship Executive, Rania Satnaoui
Language learning routinely tops many a New Year resolution list. With this in mind, we thought it would be a good time to share a little wisdom on what other methods could help make 2019 the year you finally learn a new language!
The landscape of learning in this area has changed remarkably over the last decade. The focus of app makers and tech companies is finding simple ways to fit language learning into your lifestyle.
You can now learn on your commute, your coffee break or whilst you’re on Facebook. Here’s how.
A Chrome web page extension which changes a few words on every web page.
Immersion is a buzz word used by language teachers, but what if you are not quite ready for immersion? Flipword is useful if you’ve picked up the basics and are looking to make the step in using the language on a daily basis. It could be at work or at home and takes no extra time from your schedule. Also it’s FREE.
Flipword changes only a few words on every page to your desired language. By doing this, most of the content of the page remains the same. Rather than having the whole page translated which could slow down your work.
Hover over them to see the replaced word, its pronunciation, or even small lessons. The extension also has other features like Youtube lessons and typing practice. The only drawback we could spot is that it only supports English, Spanish and Chinese for now.
2. Meetup.com for language meet-ups.
Meetup.com organises local meetups of like-minded people all over the world. They can range from groups wanting to hike, train for a marathon, build a mobile app or learn a new language.
Practicing in a social informal setting and making friends along the way is a proven way to boost your chances of learning. You’re likely to have lots of options also. A brief look at DA Languages home city of Manchester reveals a French meet up with 4,000 speakers. Or a dinner group specialising in Japanese cuisine with 600 members!
3. Social media
Want to be able to use social media and learn at the same time? A really simple trick is to swap the language interface, from English to your desired language. You’ll be surprised by how many phrases and words you’ll pick up! Also is anything really that important on your Instagram feed that you’d miss out anyway? Applies to all social media platforms.
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Flash Academy – Our pick for adult learners. In school, you’d sit with a textbook in a classroom for long periods and took routine exams. Independent adult learners are much likely to learn in short bursts, i.e the commute to work. The Flash Academy exercises are short, fun and interactive!
Duolingo – Self-titled as ‘the world’s most popular way to learn a language. It’s 100% free, fun and science-based’. 21.5 million recorded active learners in Spanish alone can’t be wrong.
Language learning podcasts started years ago as a niche area, but have since taken off to include a dedicated series for every language imaginable.
Podcasts are a good passive way to boost your listening skills. Passive as in you could be cooking, on a treadmill or focused on a primary task with it playing in the background. Check out this business news daily blog with the best options!
We are recruiting for more interpreters and translators to support our growth, so feel free to contact our recruitment department if you’d like to come on board at this exciting time!
Written by Andrew, DA Languages Marketing & Content Manager | Andrew.Tattersall@dalanguages.co.uk | Say Hi! on Linkedin