Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How To Use Technology To Learn A New Language

In this digital world, learning to speak a language from the opposite hemisphere doesn't have to be bookwork. The global economy has created a demand for convenient, practical ways to add a language or two to your resume. From our designated smartphone apps to the ATM, languages embrace the pixelated screens we dwell on.

Katharine Nielson, professional linguist and CEO of Voxy, a language-learning company based in NYC suggests that you watch movies with foreign subtitles or vice versa. A familiar plot may be an easy jumpstart.

She also suggests that you swap your GPS settings to break the language barriers you face. This is a perfect example of task-based learning, the method in which we learn how to speak as infants. There is also some incentive here: if you don't listen properly, you won't ultimately arrive at your destination. Additionally, most GPS systems use a broad diction, keeping the route a bit spicy day by day and expanding vocabulary all the while.

Let's be real… The functions of our iPhones, tablets, or other leisure devices  come without "task-based learning". They're instilled by now. What is there to lose by switching language preferences on buttons and graphics you choose without reading anyway? Trying this tactic at the ATM may be your final challenge.

The ultimate mistake in learning a language is making it into a chore. When we can introduce the studies into something as essentially comfortable as technology, progress is guaranteed. 

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