Social media. Pretty much everyone has it, and if I was to hazard a guess I would say that many of us think we spend too much time using it. More often than not, it’s also time that we could be spending more productively… *cough cough* learning a language.
As I was thinking about this, it occurred to me that people largely use social media to keep in contact with friends, to get information and keep up to date with the news. It’s these last two especially that are important – there’s now lots of fact and figures about how we consume media and they make for very interesting reading…28% of 18-24 year olds use social media as their main source of news, a staggering 62% of Americans get their news from social media and almost every newspaper, magazine, or publication you can think of is now available in digital format.
So how does this have anything to do with learning a language? Simple, you combine language learning with social media. First off, you can change your language settings to the language you’re trying to learn (every little bit counts). Second of all, all those articles you’ve been catching up on, well chances are you can find the same information but in German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Igbo, Romanian, Swahili… you get the idea. All you need to do is find some national or even regional newspapers, magazines or sites to follow (Buzzfeed is always a good shout – they have a lot of short and fun things on there). It’s free, easy and can give you a great insight into what matters to a particular country or culture.
If news isn’t your thing the same rule still applies, look for a magazine or site that’s about a hobby of yours – it can even be language learning pages! In fact liking language learning pages regardless is a great tool and the best part about all of this, aside from it costing you nothing at all, is that it’s a great reminder to keep practising!
So go on, get back on twitter, facebook, instagram, snapchat, pinterest or whatever it is you like to use!
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