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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

How Online Learning Can Unlock New Doors For Your Career (Even Through A Pandemic)

The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed everyone’s life in some way. Whether you or a loved one have battled through the virus or you’re just spending way more time at home, jobs and careers are the main parts of our lives that have been upturned. 

25% of U.S. adults say that they, or someone in their household, have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak. That’s a massive statistic. Even if you haven’t lost your job, there’s no doubt that your career will have been affected somehow. Maybe you’re working from home. Maybe you’re working less because of restrictions. Or maybe, the pandemic has put your career into perspective, and you know it’s time to try something new. 

However you’ve been affected, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The world is at your fingertips with an absolute plethora of learning options moving online. Now’s the time to embrace it! You can retrain, add to your arsenal or even explore working from home options that might not have been viable before. 

Today, we’re going to look at a few ways that online learning can change your career for the better. There’s a possibility for everyone, no matter your skill level or the size of your wallet. 

Retrain

Retraining may be the most obvious way to make the most of online learning options. If you’ve lost your job, retraining can be a brilliant way to move your career forward. Especially if the pandemic has hit your field of work particularly hard. The best way to start is to use online guides that help you navigate degree options available to you. It can be a real minefield with a wide range of degrees and qualifications on offer. Utilizing these guides means you can identify the path you need to take to get to your desired end goal. 

It’s also crucial to find out precisely what you want to do. Make a list of what you enjoy doing, what skills you already have, and what career path you’d fancy doing. Remember, don’t just think about the money you’ll make; enjoying your job sounds cliché but can change your life. 

This comes from a place of privilege, though. Not all of us have the level of financial security that allows us to explore our dreams. If that’s the case, think about finding a balance between what you want to do and a good pay packet. Or, instead of retraining, think about bumping up your CV instead to make yourself more hireable. (Check out the “Add to your repertoire” section below.) 

Once you know what you want to do and have figured out the path to take, you’ll want to choose the best course for you. Did you know the top Colleges in the U.S. now offer online versions of their classes and degrees? There’s a vast offering out there that’ll fit your budget and needs. 

Add To Your Repertoire

Taking the time to retrain in a new work field isn’t always the best option available for us. Maybe you don’t have the freedom to take time away from family obligations to concentrate on courses. Or you might still be working and can’t commit that much time to learn. 

If that’s the case, finding some simple, cheap, and quick courses that make your CV shine is a great place to start. If you’ve lost your job, then these courses will help you stand out from the crowd and help you get hired fast. If you want to go in a new direction, they can help you gain expertise in your new field without long term commitment. There’s a massive amount of these simple courses available, so try using a website that brings many of them together in one place. It saves you spending hours sifting through them on Google. 

If you’re really squeezed for cash – thanks to the pandemic, who isn’t – some websites even offer free courses and financial aid. So you don’t have to feel like there isn’t anything you can do. You don’t have to stay trapped in a job you hate. Nor do you have to feel like your skills aren’t up to par. 

Explore Unused Skills

Suppose you’re looking for something totally different or want to bump up your current pay. In that case, you can explore your unused talents! Pretty much everyone has some skill that they don’t use for money. Many of us like to keep them for personal hobbies, but if you decide you’d like to take that further, it couldn’t be easier. 

Maybe you have an Arts degree or can write like Shakespeare; there are apps available to help you find freelance work. Try something like Fiverr for a quick way to sell your skills online.

If you’re unsure where to start, try an online course directed at creating your own business. It’ll help you navigate everything that’s involved; tax and accounting can be a special kind of nightmare that online courses can help relieve. Skillshare is an excellent place for hints and tips about becoming a freelancer. The classes aren’t accredited, so they won’t find a place on your CV, but they’ll give you some much-needed knowledge. If all else fails, make the most of Youtube. It’s true what they say, there’s a video about everything on there. 

The pandemic has hit some of us more than others, and losing your job will only add to its stress. Use this guide to help you concentrate on yourself for a bit and what you want. Then, looking for a new job or career will be a little bit easier than before. 

This isn’t an exhaustive list of what’s available – if it was, you’d be here for a very long time! Take the time to find out what’s best for you and your situation. We’re all dealing with different things right now, so all our experiences are individual.

Online learning really can change your career for the better. Now’s the perfect time to make the most of it – especially the free options!