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How the Internet Can Help You Learn a Language

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could speak, read, and write in another language? Each year, millions of people decide to learn a new language. And their reasons for doing so vary.

The internet is an excellent resource for many pursuits, and one such example is learning a new language. These days, it’s entirely possible to learn a new language using nothing more than your computer or smartphone and an internet connection

Here’s how you can use the internet to help you become fluent in another language:

App-Based Learning

One of the most common and convenient methods for learning a new language is using a dedicated app on your mobile devices. Look in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and you’ll discover hundreds of apps to help you become bilingual.

The apps offer varying levels of tuition and assistance, so if you’re a beginner or are at an intermediate stage, you’ll find an app best suited to your needs. Many apps are free to use, and some have inexpensive subscriptions to help you advance your learning.

Before you download an app, make sure to read its reviews in the relevant app store. That way, you can gauge whether it’s worth your time to download it or not.

Video Lessons

Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost everyone has had to do some level of learning online. These days, most people have become accustomed to online learning, and with that in mind, many have embarked on online language courses.

There are many expert language tutors online that will provide you with one-on-one language lessons via video chat software like Skype or Zoom.

An advantage of such learning is you’ll have the dedicated focus of your tutor instead of sharing it with a classroom of other students. That means you’re less likely to forget what you’ve learned as you get taught at a pace to suit your individual needs.

Internet TV and Newspapers

Because of COVID-19, travel to international destinations isn’t possible unless you’ve got an urgent reason for traveling. Ordinarily, it would have made sense to spend some time abroad in a country that speaks the language you are learning.

But, the next best thing is to watch local language TV programs and read foreign newspapers online. For example, the Jio TV app on your smartphone will let you see international programs and understand the context of words and phrases you’ve learned.

You can also read international newspapers online to find out more about how certain words and sentences get used in writing. Plus, you can always use the “translate” option in Google Chrome if you get stuck!

YouTube

Last but not least, a free and helpful resource for learning to speak and understand a new language is YouTube. There are hundreds of language tutors that upload thousands of language videos each day. The best part is you can watch all of that content for free!

So, if you’re planning to learn Spanish or any other language, and you’ve got a Google account, you can save each language channel to it. Then, whenever you visit the YouTube website, you can view the latest language videos.

Do you have any tips for studying a language online? Leave them below! xoxo

mid-week round-up

dog on porch

Hey friends! We had the best time this weekend! Thankfully, Hurricane Erika turned into just a bit of rain by the time she reached us on Sunday. Now we’re back to hot and sunny days and floating in the pool whenever we get a free hour. Despite the gloomy weekend weather, we managed to pack in trips to Ikea (followed by several hours of furniture assembly), a little gyro shop, and an arcade. And I’ve already been loving working from my new desk this week! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, and here are some links for you to enjoy…

A modern twist on Degas’ depictions of dancers off-stage moments.

Photographer runs off to join the carnival (for 3 months).

September means lots of soup for dinner, right?

This season of So You Think You Can Dance has been awesome! Proof. More proof.

Looking to develop a new hobby this month? How about upping your art skills!

Scientific proof that nice guys don’t always finish last.

Swooning over this kitchen. I’m white tile obsessed these days!

Parents: Little kids are weird as hell. Just embrace it.

It runs in the family.

Do you implement these strategies? I try to!

P.S. Choosing to do better and My Reverse Bucket List.