How to Learn Foreign Languages Online

by Matt Murray

Do you want to learn a new language? Good for you! As Nelson Mandela once said, "the best way to reach a man's heart is to speak his language."

It's never been easier to learn a new language thanks to all the technology that we have access to nowadays.

You can learn new languages on the go using all kinds of apps, websites, and tools, as seen here.

Read on for tips on how to learn a new language online.

Listen to Foreign Radio

The Internet is your portal to pretty much any radio station in the world.

There are also apps and websites that combine different radio stations and allow you to pick from a wide array of stations to choose from, straight from your smartphone or tablet.

Enroll in Online Classes

The Internet also offers a bevy of paid and free online language learning tutorials and language learning classes.

Check out Verbling, iTalki, Livemocha, and Busuu to name but a few.

Use Skype

Skype enables you to communicate with other humans from anywhere in the world in real time.

Both services are available to use free of charge, and you can use them to connect with people who speak different languages so you can practice in real time with a native, which is the best way to learn a language.

Read Foreign Newspapers

Most national newspapers worth their salt have a mobile app that they use to keep people up to date on the go, which you can download from your smartphone or any device with an Internet connection.

You can use these apps to download a foreign language newspaper so you can force yourself to read the headlines in a different language every morning.

Your options include international newspapers like Bild, El Pais, La Stampa, The Moscow Times, Le Monde, and Think BBC.

Get a Language Pen Pal

Remember pen pals? Well, they've moved online through services such as Interpals which enable you to find the perfect pen pal by sending each other messages via Google Hangouts or Skype.

You can send each other interesting information, share links, and send emails back and forth to help each other learn new languages.

Tim Doner and other similar polygots credit international pen pals to helping them keep their language skills sharp.

Watch YouTube

Watch ads, silly videos, and songs in different languages and soon enough you'll find yourself singing along.

Use Internet Translation

There are also lots of free online translation services available for you, including Google Translate which can be very helpful at helping you to learn a new language.

A lot of language buffs have learned new languages through these translation services, one word at a time.

Find Online Intro Lessons

There's no end to all the paid and free language introductory courses available online. Some of them focus on memory-based learning.

Others are based on the individual learner's language level.

They can be short-term or long-term courses that are designed to help you practice your vocabulary and a little goes a long way here, folks!

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