Technology and Language Learning
October 23, 2013
What would you say if I told you that you could be fluent in anylanguage in 6 months or less?
20, maybe even 10 years ago the thought that a person could pick up a language in such a short period of time was unheard of. Language learning takes practice, perseverance, patience and certainly a lot of dedication. But times have changed and what was once impossible is now within reach thanks to technology..
Think about it, 20 years ago the only way to learn and master a new language was to attend a language school spending thousands of dollars plus the required dedication, patience and so forth. Your other choices were a tutor – which could arguably take less or more time depending on how you approach it – or moving to another country. All of these required much more effort and money than what we can achieve now.
iPads, smart phones, laptops, etc. All help in a big or small percentage the individual in mastering the target language. Say for example you have an appointment with your language tutor but you can’t make it out of the house today. You can Skype. In fact there are an increasing number of students and tutors who are holding their language lessons through Skype nowadays. It saves you traveling costs and you can still have your lesson from the comfort of your home.
You do not need a tablet or even a computer to take advantage of what technology has to offer when it comes to language learning. We’ve already covered this with our “Top Language Learning Apps” post, but apps are by far my favorite new language aid. They are simple and lots of fun to use. Check out that post for our top language apps and what benefits they offer.
Even a twitter account can get you pretty far in your language goals. Just follow users dedicated to spreading language and offering new vocabulary and tips to enhance your language experience. A quick search for these types of user will yield thousands of opportunities.
There are very few things out there that cannot be learned online. Language is definitely one you can learn if you have the right dedication. Thousands of websites offer vocabulary and written lessons. With that said however, nothing beats interacting with people and learning through experience. The point is that in our current world you can now go so much farther and faster in your language learning path than you could have ever dream of 20 years ago.
Until next time!