Social Media Language Learning

Just imagine if all the time you spend on your phone, laptop or tablet could be helping you master a foreign language.

Social Media Language Learning connects interactive social media channels with language learners.

Idiomplus was one of the first to implement a Social Media Language Learning programme. It focuses on integrating social media channels to stimulate conversation between language learners.

How Can Social Media Help Language Learning?

We all click, surf and browse. So why not focus on language learning?

The social aspect also allows you to connect to other learners and native speakers.

Using videos, newscasts and conversations in chat groups to observe the cultural aspects of a country where your target language is spoken can be a huge advantage to learning. Language learning is a social and interactive process so seeing, hearing and participating in things like fashion, food and the arts gives dimension to your learning.

Facebook

This is a great place to meet up and interact.

There are groups for every language. Some groups communicate entirely in the target language so it’s an immersive social media experience.

Use the Facebook search bar to look for language learning groups.

We Do Languages, is a starting point for many people.

Alternatively, you could start your own group!

Blogs

There are loads of blogs about learning other language, such as The Polyglot Dream and Fluent in 3 Months. Try French.

Twitter

Reading tweets in a foreign language can be a fun way to learn. Try the Polyglot Club Many tweets are about language, but they also cover culture.

And, of course, there’s the Twitter account for Duolingo, the language learning programme and app.

WhatsApp

Use this social device to connect with people overseas and practise your language skills.

Snapchat

Snapchat can encourage language learning. With users worldwide, there are plenty of people who can help with pronunciation and grammar issues. You could post a short video of yourself speaking and ask for feedback.

YouTube

YouTube has lots of material for language learners. Search using hashtags related to the language you want to learn.

Want to find French videos? Or is German more your thing?

So why not give language learning on social media a go?

This post was adapted from FLUENTU

 

 

 

George Clooney reçoit son César d’honneur

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Awarded a César at the French film awards ceremony on Friday evening, for services to film, George Clooney took the opportunity, during his 7-minute long acceptance speech, the simultaneous translation of which caused French actor, Clooney’s colleague and friend, Jean Dujardin, some difficulty, to allude to the political situation in the United States and the rest of the world.

‘Love trumps hate, courage trumps fear’

Read the full report in Le Figaro online.

David Sedaris and his technique with gender

There seems to come a point on every course I teach, where my lovely students begin to share their theories about why certain words in French or German are one gender or another. It’s a fascinating subject and one that continues to cause consternation class after class. The amount of careful thought and analysis that goes into this, in a tireless attempt to make sense of it and succeed where countless others have fallen down, is proof enough that this matter needs addressing.

I have occasionally admitted that my early strategy, adopted when I first visited Germany as a schoolgirl, was to put everything into the plural. In German this is particularly effective if you choose the dative plural!

Recently one of my students independently came up with the same idea.

At this point I should reveal that one of my very favourite writers, David Sedaris, also used this technique when he briefly went to live in France. I’ve been lucky enough to see David perform live a couple of times and I own several of his books and CDs. If you don’t know his work you can ‘meet’ him now and again  on Radio 4. However you find Mr Sedaris, I promise you are in for a real treat.

Why not start with Me Talk Pretty One Day and share with David his struggles to learn a foreign language?

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Finding language-learning friends

Stroodlesoo students are encouraged to talk in French or German to as many different students as they can during every session they attend in order to practise their own spoken language and train their ears to the accents of other speakers.

Outside the classroom it may not be easy to find other people to speak a foreign language to. So why not make some virtual friends?

There are several websites available to help language learners find someone to email or skype, to help you both improve your fluency.

Why not try PenPalWorld or WorldFriends