Learning new languages is one of the things most people want to do. Knowing a different language gives us knowledge and also helps us communicate when we travel. Learn a language online gives you a greater immersion in the culture before even start your trip.
However, learning new languages can be frustrating and difficult. To combat these disadvantages, I share with you 5 tips for learning a new language online easily. No more apologies!
Learn a new language and have some fun in your everyday life
Listening to the language regularly makes it easier to memorize, both vocabulary and “music” (yup, every language has your music and sound!).
If you transform the listening of the new language as a “routine” of your day, your brain will end up memorizing the new language faster.
You can integrate the new language in your everyday life in different ways:
- listen to songs that are sung in the language that you’re trying to learn. On Spotify, you have playlists from different countries. Learning a new language will help you to discover new music and artists!
- watch tv shows and movies that are spoken, dubbed or subtitled in that language;
- change the language of your phone and/or computer to that language;
- browse and read websites and blogs in that language.
Meet people who speak this language
Of course, the best way to learn languages is PRACTICE! If you know someone who speaks the language that you are learning, ask them to speak to you in that language!
Practicing with someone you already know is one of the fastest and most fun ways to learn languages.
If you are traveling, you can “exchange” your knowledge of your native language (or one you are fluent in) with the local language. For example, if you are in France and want to learn to speak French, you can meet someone and do a tandem. A tandem it’s a conversation in two languages.
You can find out some language exchange groups in the popular and free website meetup.com.
Identify the similarities
When we are learning a language, we tend to see the differences with our mother tongue or with others in which we are fluent. But why not do the opposite?
It will be easier to learn a language if you try to find the similarities, not the differences.
For example, when I was trying to learn German, I saw that the word milch is very similar to English word milk; I also found that the word neun has a very similar sound of the nine in English; and, since I speak French, I also identified the similarity between the word blau and bleu in French… both of words means, you guessed it: blue!
Learn a language online with this digital apps
We have multiple apps available to learn new languages online. If you search for “learn a language” in the App Store or Google Play you’ll see a huge number of results.
I recommend the following apps:
Duolingo is one of the most popular apps because it’s easy to use the UI is very intuitive and fun.
With a “points” system, the app makes us stay motivated to practice the new language every day. This application sends us notifications if we forgot to practice the language today.
With Duolingo, we feel that we’re evolving and that we are following an organized and complete program with grammar tips and a section where we can ask questions to other students.
To learn a language online, you can also take online courses. Udemy is one of the most complete platforms for finding super complete courses in almost every language!
Here some of the courses:
- Learn French
- Learn Portuguese
- Learn German
- Learn Spanish
- Learn Japanese
- See all courses to learning a language online
Watch language learning videos
Try to make a YouTube search for “learn french” or “learn german” and you’ll end up with dozens of results.
On YouTube, you even find some language teachers that created channels to teach a new language. Free and educational videos are a great way for them to present their work and attract potential students – offering free content is a great strategy for getting clients when you’re a freelancer.
It’s easy to find YouTube videos with great quality.
The advantage of listening to YouTube videos is that you can listen in real-time tips and content, allowing the assimilation between the grammar/structure and the sound of the language.
Learning a new language not only allows you to have more skills but also allows help you in your travels. If you plan on traveling to more isolated places where people don’t speak English, knowing a little about the language of the country can be very helpful!
Are you learning new languages today? If so, which ones? What techniques do you follow?