May 26 2021

Best Ways to Use Technology to Learn a Language

With the rise of technology, there are so many ways to learn a language. Do not get us wrong language learning classes with a teacher are still the best way to learn in our opinion, but there are many ways to use technology to supplement your language learning goals. In this blog we will talk about the best way you can learn a language with technology: This blog will delve into the best ways you can supplement your language classes with the use of technology:

1. Turn Car Rides into Language Classes

Do you have a long car ride or road trip ahead? A study has shown that people spend a considerable amount of time in their cars, sitting idly and listening to music. Why don’t we put these hours to good use? Use this time to tune into a language learning podcast. To discover more about the Best Language Learning Podcasts, visit ELAM’s LinkedIn page.

2. Change the Language Settings on Your Devices and Social Media Accounts

Have you ever noticed that your home appliances are automatically set in the language of your country? Why not use this opportunity to change the setting in the language you are learning?

Also, take the opportunity to change your phone setting to be your learned language. Seeing the words in this language will help you with vocabulary and writing acquisition. You can also use social media accounts to learn any major language, like using Facebook to learn Spanish. Simply change the language settings in your account. Beware, the translations are not perfect, and you might feel uneasy at first. It is almost like learning to write with your left hand when you are right-handed.

But by changing the language settings, you are forcing yourself to learn a different language by interacting with it. And over time, you will get so used to it that these gadgets and navigating these sites will be a breeze.

3. Video chat with a colleague who is a native speaker of your learned language

Teams, Google Meet, and Zoom are free video call services that allow you to connect with coworkers as you might be used to it due to covid or anybody willing to take your call. With this technology, you are practically a click away from any native speaker. If he or she has a good internet connection, and a Teams, Google, or Zoom account, you can spend countless hours chatting with coworkers who speak your target language.

Here are additional resources for finding native speakers of French, German, and Spanish with whom you can talk online if no one in you surrounding does:

For best results, find someone also interested in learning your native language so it will be beneficial to both of you.

4. Tune into Netflix to learn a language

Improve your skills on your own, effectively, and enjoyably, by watching films and series in the language you want to learn. Build your listening comprehension with thousands of hours of authentic language in context. After the Netflix installation, you will have additional features for language learning when you watch videos on the Netflix website and app.

  • Subtitles are shown in two languages, allowing you to compare the original audio and text with a translation in your language.
  • The extension allows you to listen to subtitles one at a time and change the playback speed.
  • There’s a pop-up dictionary, and the extension suggests the most important words for you to learn.

‘Pro’ Mode enables additional options for subtitle translation, and the ability to save words and phrases. These will be highlighted whenever they occur in the subtitles.

We hope these help you out in your language learning journey. Remember to have fun in your learned language!