What About Learning A New language While Engaged in Quarantine Activities?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make learning a new language part of your Covid 19 quarantine activities.

With the advancement in technology comes new online tools and apps to make language learning super easy.

 

Language learning has become one of the most sought after educational goals for self development and career advancement today.

 

Start at beginners level in order to grasp the key concepts of the language structure.

 

Learn simple grammar and phrases by spending time listening to conversations. Learn the basic greetings, how to introduce yourself, how to say " please speak slowly" or "it is difficult please help me".  

 

Learn how to ask for directions and how to say where you are from or where you are staying.

 

Depending on the language you have selected to study it is quite essential to practice speaking, reading, writing and listening in order to master each level.

 

What Is Your Learning Style?

 

Identifying your learning style will allow you to collect and store the right type of study material best suited for your needs.

 

Organize your resources and time to get the most out of the materials you have collected. There are currently 7 “Learning Styles“:

 

 

  1. Visual (spatial): You prefer to use pictures, images, and spatial understanding.

  2. Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.

  3. Verbal (linguistic): You prefer to use words, both in speech and writing.

  4. Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.

  5. Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.

  6. Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.

  7. Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

 

 

For the beginners level search online for books, courses or apps with materials that supply information about the following recommended topics.

  1. Greetings

  2. Days of the week

  3. Months of the Year

  4. Rooms in the house or Office

  5. Furniture at home or office

  6. How to ask for  the menu, food, water, directions, bathroom, help

  7. How to introduce yourself, name, age, address, family,hobbies

  8. Parts of your body

  9. Feelings, pain, happiness, sadness, likes, dislikes, tired, sleepy

  10. Names of countries, food, professions

  11. Commonly used phrases

 

Useful Tools For Learning A New Language At Home Offline Dictionary This can be an actual book or a dictionary you downloaded. Learning a new language means learning new words constantly and formulating them into sentences.

 

An online or offline dictionary with audio is very useful because it allows you to hear the proper pronunciation of the words or phrases you are learning.

 

You can replay as often as you wish then repeat what you heard in order to improve your language speaking ability. Language Apps There are thousands of language learning applications to choose from. Finding the right one is key to learning a new language.

 

Try to get an app that has flashcards and quizzes at the end of each lesson. You have a great advantage when you use  apps with audio because it is very important to hear the pronunciation of the words you are learning.

 

This way you can repeat what you hear over and over again. Sticky Pads You can use sticky pads to help you remember key words or phrases while you are at home or in office. It may look a little untidy for a while but it is very effective.

All you have to do is write the names of things in your house on it using the new language you are learning and then stick it onto the objects.

 

Every time you open your refrigerator  you will see for example the word "réfrigérateur" in French or whatever language you are learning. Online Language Partner Sometimes you have to write down what you think you heard then look it up if you don't understand. You can ask your language partner to speak a bit slower if he or she is speaking too fast.  

 

If you received a text message and you don´t understand it you can try using google translate.

 

There are some language exchange apps that are equipped with useful translation tools. Hellotalk is a pretty good language exchange app to start with.

With a language partner you can practice speaking, texting and listening. For some languages like Korean, Japanese or Chinese mandarin you have to practice writing everyday because their writing system is nothing like English, Spanish or French. You can learn about the history,culture , phrases, slangs and exchange ideas with a language partner. Some may even become friends or family because of that connection you share.

Music

 

YouTube has millions of videos dedicated to language learning, just search for the topic and you will find many useful video lessons. If you want to learn something fast, just sing it. Listen to the lyrics while you  read, watch and sing along on YouTube or any other video channels.

 

You may not understand the words but there are a few words that you will hear repeatedly. You can look up the meanings in your dictionary and practice using them in a sentence.

You may find  music videos with both English and Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin or Korean translations. Just listen dance and sing along. If you don't wish to disturb anyone  with your new geographic tongue, you can use earphones.

Movies Dramas , movies or just a regular TV show with subtitles will help you learn new vocabulary. You can download the movies or series and watch as many times as you wish.

You can even imitate the actors or actresses and pretend you are in the movie talking to them. Record new words you heard from watching and make flashcards to study. To learn a new language you need to:

  1. Set aside time to study maybe 4 hours or more daily.

  2. Spend at least 1 hour practicing  speaking and listening.

  3. Set a target to learn 20-50 new words daily.

  4. Learn the need to know stuff first. The reason for learning the new language will help to determine the vocabulary or phrases you have  to learn first.

  5. While you do chores, listen to podcasts or the news in the language you are learning.

  6. Think in the new language.

  7. Record your voice speaking the new language, listen and learn from your mistakes.

  8. Stay at home and watch only foreign films and music videos during quarantine.

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