Learn a New Language With Facebook and Twitter
Learning a new language is one of those things that almost all of us have on our ‘to do’ lists or on our bucket lists. We all want to be able to speak a new language because it makes us seem smart and sophisticated and impresses others, but also because it allows us to open our minds to learn about a culture other than our own and because it trains our brains to be able to think in a new way and outside of its usual restrictions.
The problem is though that learning a new language is no small undertaking. This is something that requires you to get your brain to think in whole new ways, to learn countless new rules and concepts and to take on thousands of words to attain a decent vocabulary. With many of us being so busy, and not having learned anything new for so long, taking on such a challenge can often become a pipe dream.
Using Facebook and Twitter though is the perfect way to learn a bit of your chosen language every day and on the fly without it eating into your routine. This way you can do your revision while you’re in a queue, and you can immerse yourself in the language when you’re not thinking about it. Here we will look at some ways you can use Facebook or Twitter to help you develop a new language…
Trust the Experts
On Facebook you can become ‘friends’ with people and you can ‘like’ groups, while on Twitter you can choose to ‘follow’ either individuals or organizations. Either way you’ll then be updated with their statuses and get to read what thy put in regularly. There are plenty of great services on both Facebook and Twitter that are precisely aimed at helping you to learn new languages, so follow one of these and you can get a new word in your chosen language a day or some intermittent grammar rules updated throughout the week.
Listen to Strangers
Of course you can also just follow a range of other accounts in the language you want to learn and this way you’ll be able to see how people are regularly using that language on a day to day basis. Likewise you’re also likely to find people posting videos on YouTube and articles and all of these are links to great resources where you can test your knowledge and improve.
In school one of the strategies your teacher probably used was to try and get you to talk to a pen friend – and actually this technique is still perfectly sound and will work even better on Facebook or Twitter. Just find someone who seems friendly through your chosen social network (you can go for a friend of a friend to make things a little less weird) and message them to ask if you can start up a conversation in their language. If you can find someone who wants to learn English then even better as you’ll both benefit from the arrangement.