Hi everyone! I’m finally all settled into my new place. Which unfortunately means I wasn’t able to take lessons with a tutor for Catalan. Since my internet isn’t officially set up yet, so I’m forced to use my mobile and my (recently purchased) tablet. So I will be compensate for it in the upcoming weeks. We are half way there and I’m still far behind! I want to prove myself wrong and complete the challenge this time around! On a side note: I did manage to teach a student Swedish over my mobile. The quality was all right but there were times I would have to repeat myself due to poor sound quality. But it just goes to show that if you badly yearn to practise your language skills then you can even use your smartphone’s Skype app. I would only recommend doing that as a last resort.
The Importance Of Reading
When learning a new language, being able to decipher what you are reading can be beneficial in various factors. Whether it’s enjoying a great work of literature, a fascinating article on a niche website, navigating street signs or deciphering that wildly entertaining blogger you follow on YouTube. Reading can provide a wide range of benefits that speaking alone lacks. You can boost your passive vocabulary which will provide you with a plethora of words and phrases learned based on various contexts. During Lindsay’s first week she read a passage of book in Portuguese. Not to mention that it could be valuable for your CV and prove your fluency to prospective employers too. You could also pass the language proficiency test in your target language(s). But those exams aren’t necessary but they can be fun to determine your how close you are to being fluent.
Effective Usage Of Mobile Apps
Advances in technology have made it extremely convenient to learn languages on the go. There are so many apps to help take your language learning to the next level. Which apps should you use? It depends on which language you have chosen to learn. Some languages have thousands of apps whilst others don’t have any. I can recommend the following:
iLingQ – This is LingQ’s mobile app that will allow you to listen and read along with your lessons while learning new vocabulary at the same time. It’s a very useful app for learning languages but you need to have an account there.
Lingua.ly This app has great potential to become a powerful app to learn languages with. It’s still limited with your choice of languages but from the looks of it, they will be adding more languages soon.
Memrise: This a great app to learn new vocabulary through an SRS (Spaced Repetition System) and some even have mnemonics too.
Another thing I recommend is finding apps in your target language. Such as TV channels(movies and TV shows but keep in mind that you may be limited if you’re not in country.), game apps, and whatever will keep you motivated to learn your target languages! The sky is the limit!
italki World Cup Language Challengers: Are you close to completing the challenge? Not even close? Already finished? I would love to know how this challenge is going for you!
Now I’m off to book more sessions with Catalan tutors!