Learning a language other than your mother tongue can be a daunting task, but it is not impossible and even those of us over 21 (and out of college) can still learn a new language if we apply ourselves. Here are some great ideas for ways to learn a new language using online sites and resources.
1. Watch Foreign language films.
You’ll want to make sure the subject matter is clean and that the producer has a reputation for making quality films. For this you may need to do a bit of research. Past that, many of these films will have sub-titles. This is the best way to start. Listen and read-a-long as you watch a short series or film. As you progress, you may want to try watching without the captions and then watch again to see if you got it right!
2. Use internet learning sites.
Internet sites such as Babbel.com, or the ‘Talk to Me’ sites are great tools for helping you learn to speak a foreign language. French.flashcards.com is another online tool that uses flash cards to help you practice and test your language skills. Check out TalktomeinKorean another great option for those looking to learn to speak Korean.
There are many YouTube videos online that are published in order to help you learn another language. The ‘Let’s Learn Spanish’ channel is one such resource.
4. Foreign Music.
If you are a music lover, this is a great way to pick up some of the language. Watch music videos in the language of your choice online and you’ll be amazed how quickly you will start to understand the meanings of words and phrases. This will also help with your pronunciation skills.
Korean film star of ‘Boys over Flowers’
One popular way to learn a foreign language is to listen to foreign films using the captions. Start off watching shorter films or parts of a series so that you can better understand what is happening in the story. Wean yourself gradually and see how much you are really learning!
Find online sites
Babble.com, Lets Learn Spanish and Talk To Me In Korean are just a few of the many online sites available to help you learn to speak in another language. Other online options that use internet sites include online flash cards that use audio and video to test your knowledge and help you with pronunciation.
YouTube training sites
There are quite a few online YouTube videos that are set up just to teach you how to speak a foreign language. Check out fluento.com. There are also whole channels dedicated to helping you to learn about a foreign language, culture and the country itself.
Music is said to be the universal language. Search the internet for any number of music videos and learning tools that use music to teach a foreign language. Sing along as you learn the lingo. You can learn a lot from a song. Use your iTunes or online videos to follow along with your favorite foreign artists.