5 unusual free everyday tips to learn languages

Zuzana Oct 21

During isolation in this coronavirus world, there is time to reinvent passions for learning languages. You can learn languages by adding the new language to the daily routine without much effort.

From the very morning, there are thousands of opportunities on how to upgrade language skills. Whatever happens 😷..it is all about LEARNING how to deal with a new situation.

Teachers and lecturers shared their unusual tips for learning languages in these idle times with us. 🔥Let’s learn how to learn!

 

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Time to play without remorse & learn languages

You cannot meet new people and hang out. But now you have time to play games without any remorse! Playing computer games can also help with learning a language. Ever heard gamers say that Word of Warcraft taught them more English than their teachers?

Try playing PC/mobile games in a language you are learning as Czech In, the Czech language school in Prague, suggests. You can easily Google them.

Speak to yourself

If you cannot speak with others, talk to yourself. Explore the power of self-talk. Talk to yourself in a language you are learning. “It is like seeing your thoughts from different perspective,” me, Zuzana from Vocabulary Miner, share.language learning tips

Write to strangers

Do you want to try something new? What about writing to someone in Turkey to get to know the political situation there? Or asking a Palestinian woman about her everyday life? It is all possible with Interpals.net. Our colleague Dominik uses it and he has the most amazing personalized news from all over the world. It seems to be a bit outdated but it is working just fine and for free.

Keep a diary in a foreign language

“Keep a diary in the language you want to improve – what are you grateful for today? 📒” Cesta k jazykům shares another advice.  By the way it is also a great method for motivation and positivity. It can help in any time!

Learn to listen & learn languages

Podcasts. Just listen to a podcast. In any language. Listening will push you further in your language & communication skills and also self-growth. This is an advice by Cesta k jazykům, the language coach.

Vocabulary tip: If while listening in a new language there are unfamiliar words, Google Translate will help you. Marking these words with a star is a first step to create a fast Word list from Google translated words that can be imported to a Flashcard app. Here is how: Create dictionary with Google Translate and Flashcard app

Get your mind in a different country

…by setting your phone to a foreign language. You look at your phone 52 times a day. Make it worth the while. It will feel like 52 tiny small talks in a different country.

Things you love will make you wiser

Lenka from CzechTime invites people to use social media for something else than just procrastination and coronavirus-news-scrolling.

She found a better use for them: “Join and Like your favourite groups, ideas, sports, people etc. on Facebook and Instagram BUT in the language, you are learning”.

Example: If one is Italian and misses their home or just loves Italy and is learning Czech, the advice is to find an Italy fan blog in Czech e.g. Itálie v Brne on Facebook and Like and Follow it. The FB wall will be full of both, Czech language and Italy and learning happens without even knowing.

Do you have any more tips?

You can also try free Flashcard app Vocabulary Miner. Check the video:

Interested in more stories? We practice to #saymore on our Instagram, too.

 

*originally published in Prague Morning for Czech learners.

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