How You Can Use the Internet to Learn a Language

For many people, the Internet has grown to become a basic need. Can anyone imagine society without the need of it? It is too tough to think about. Things that have died out might still be here, things that exist might never ever have been invented if it was not for the web.

Many people use the Internet for keeping in touch with relatives, to shop online, playing video games and so on. When it comes to learning, and the sharing of information, the net has totally changed the foreign language learning process. There are countless languages that you can learn: from French to Thai and Arabic to Russian. The Internet is fast becoming fundamental for learning foreign languages.

Everyone can utilize the Internet in countless ways to help learn a language. There are a lot of translating tools. Years ago, these online translation services tended to be glitchy. Many learners seeking an easy way out of homework would use translation services only for them to unknowingly return bad translations. Translating tools have improved a lot – especially for translating languages into English. You may even be able to hear your translation in the language. Translation tools may also offer translation of webpages with web browser toolbars. The art for using an online translator is not to expect too much. Sure it will be able to translate isolated words, sentences and even whole pieces of prose. But the accuracy rate lowers as the word count goes up. So much about writing and speaking is in the pragmatics – the intention of your words, no their literal meaning. Automated translation services cannot pick up on this meaning so you should check for this carefully.

Apart from online translators, there are loads of resources on the Internet. Whether you are only learning the basics or an advanced learner, there’s definitely going to be some online tasks for you to complete. Numerous online language resources also feature really fun online flash games which often make learning a foreign language entertaining. A dictionary is a good technique to master vocabulary (the harder it is to learn a word, the more hard work you invest results in an increased chance of you remembering a word for later use), unfortunately they can be also fairly expensive. A lot of language resources include free online dictionaries that work effectively. They’re often quicker when compared to looking through dictionaries (similarly, some language dictionaries may not be organized in alphabetical order like English versions).

Moreover, exposing yourself to the language that you’re learning as much as possible is a fantastic technique for picking up a small number of words here and there. The web’s love of everything media lends itself well to learning languages – why don’t you watch a foreign television show, download music from bands from a different country or read a foreign language news website (or attempt to!). This is really enjoyable!

The evolution of the web’s second coming (web 2.0) is all about social interaction with and/or by the Internet. Social networks dominate Internet usage and user numbers continue to increase everyday. Advances in technology means people can now access the Internet from our cell phone. So, why not seek out a people who may also be learning your language – or better yet find people who are native speakers? Maybe you can teach them English and they can offer some help in return. There are plenty of social networks specifically for foreign language learning.

Last but not least, use the Internet to organize your learning and time more effectively. Some text books are great but others can get confusing. Making use of the Internet you can take charge of your studying and be better organized to facilitate effective and easy learning. You can sign up for social book marking networks that will allow you to bookmark your favorite online language resources so you can access them from any where and at any time. No matter where you are, if you can access the net you will be able to spend a couple of minutes learning. The more exposure you have to the language the quicker you will pick up vocabulary and grammar rules. You can also use a customised homepage that will also allow you to bookmark favorite language learning resources and websites in one place.

This is not to say that traditional methods of learning a language are redundant. Attending classes, working from text books and doing self- study are still important to learning languages. However, the net offers a richer and more varied approach to language learning. Having access to multimedia resources such as videos, online dictionaries and even classes means language learning is more fun which in turn means people will hopefully learn faster.