Tips on studying a new Language

Learning an additional language either for school or as a hobby can benefit your personal and academic life. Here are some steps on how to effectively study languages!

The power of applications:

You’re probably familiar with language apps already, but there are some essential apps to look at.

Duolingo is an app that allows users to practice anywhere at any time. You can even adjust each task to take no more than 5 minutes. Apps like Duolingo help refresh your memory on a language you are currently learning and is a fast way to study. But… Duolingo should never be used as the only tool to learn a language. The App presently has various faults, such as unimportant sentences. You cannot learn to speak said language with apps like Duolingo at an advanced level.

HelloTalk is a great app where people can meet others from across the globe and assist each other in learning a language. For example, you may want to learn Japanese, whereas a Japanese person wants to learn English. The benefit of this is you can send audio and text messages to help each other improve. Additionally, many students usually learn to speak formally. In contrast, apps like this will help you learn to talk casually (depending on the language of course!).

Anko is an app you can get either on your smartphone or PC. Anko is a flashcard application and students can download various sets on a variety of topics other people have already made. Anko helps students learn words, sentence structures and more! Additionally, students can use Anko for other subjects of study!

Textbooks and Workbooks:

Textbooks provide a very traditional way of learning. Perhaps you already have a textbook if you are undertaking a course. Still, I’d also recommend others to purchase a textbook for reference. Textbooks can be used to learn a language, but this is preferably in addition to formal education. If not, perhaps consider purchasing a workbook with the textbook to practice and improve writing skills. It is important to note that both these sources will only enhance your writing and reading skills.

Change your computers language setting:

Changing the language settings either on your computer or favourite video game allows you to immerse yourself in the language without travelling to said country. Although only do this if you are at an intermediate level.

Watch TV shows and Movies in your chosen language:

Another way to immerse yourself in a language is to watch various forms of media in that language. You may also want to watch some shows directed at children and attempt to decipher an entire episode.

Language learning podcasts:

Most popular languages, such as French, have free podcasts online that allows viewers to listen to the language at their current level. For example, currently, I listen to an intermediate Japanese podcast.

Listening and singing to music:

Listening to music is an additional way to immerse yourself in the language and culture! Singing may also be a fun way to increase your speaking skills and your confidence!

Join online groups:

There are various groups online dedicated to learning various languages; many of these groups have members willing to answer questions. In addition, some groups are chatrooms that allow you to practice with others.

That’s all, folks! If you have any other tips you’d like to share, leave a comment below!

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