If You Can't Say A Word
by Lana Wall
Learning a new language is possible and exciting only if you have the right tools. Among people who are learning a new language, only a few will end up fluent. Learning different languages has been made more accessible and straightforward nowadays, thanks to technology.
It was once difficult to get to know a new language until you travel to the country, but now it is easier to learn by making use of these tools.
- Language Learning Foundations - It was founded by Olly Richards, and it consists of 10 lecture videos that give you tips, and one can apply immediately. In most cases, It is designed for beginners. It is the best method that a person may learn a language independently.
- Conversation Countdown - It is designed for a specific audience, having a precise set of mind goal set.
Reading and Vocabulary
- Memrise - It is a platformuser-generated, which specializes in language learning. It also helps with improving reading grammar and study of new words.
- Learning with Texts - It is free software that anyone can do anything with it; change it, use it, improve it. Feedback and definite ideas are also invited to develop the software. It helps in reading of texting and listening to audio in the language that you are learning
- LingQ - It is a language studying platform that the content one studies comes from a variety of sources, making it easy to find something interesting to read.
- ReadLang - It is a paid product. That helps you get past the beginner levels of a language and into the intermediate and advanced stages. It helps in reading, translating and supercharging of one's vocabulary.
- Forvo - It is a pronunciation guide for new words.
Connecting With Native Speakers
- Italki - It is an online website that facilitates learning of different languages which connects teachers and students through video chat around the world.
- HelloTalk - A fantastic mobile app for iOS and Android similar to WhatsApp which allows you to connect and chat with native speakers.
- Glovico - allows practicing of vocabulary to be comfortable and fun.
Video and Audio
- FluentU - This is an excellent site for language learning that allows one to learn from anywhere he/she is and as little as you can considering the time you are free.
- Rocket Languages - The Rocket series is a very comprehensive dialogue-rich course, formatted with online audio instructions. The sound quality and subject content is outstanding. Select a language from the list:
- Yabla - This is another excellent site for using video, a great tool to help you along with learning a language. Easy to use and has some great features. It is Fantastic for listening and increasing your modern vocabulary.
- RhinoSpike - One can submit text in any language and hear a native speaker say it back to you. An incredibly useful, free site for having native speakers read or pronounce text for you.
- Earworms MBT - It allows learning of a new language, quickly and it includes music.
- Duolingo - It is a fun, free and useful way to study grammar. It is not a stand-alone language course.
The main aim in early stages of learning a new language is focusing on knowing the real meaning of the original words. Aim at recognizing pronouns, prepositions, basic collective nouns such as food, car, most used verbs like walk, sleep, eat.
A lot of listening and speaking is needed as practice. This helps to improve your speaking skills. Listen to what interests you and do it repetitively as you would a song. The tools highlighted in this article will help you when speaking to natives in any country.
About the writer
Lana is an Australian native, and a traveler, fitness coach and blogger who wants to share knowledge and get more audience. As a former athlete, she continues to lead an active lifestyle and runs a website about the relationships, habits of outdoor activities, gives advice, develops healthy patterns and promotes her worldview.
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