European Day of Languages (26 September) – Broaden your horizons, learn a language!

Posted: 26 September 2017 at 8:00 am | Author: Alison German

Learning a new language takes time and commitment, but offers a rewarding set of advantages to your mental health. Studies show that bilingualism improves memory, organisational skills and performance in other academic areas. The process of learning a new language can also help you to understand your own native language in more depth. Why not take on the challenge? See our language learning tips below to get the best out of the experience of learning a language.

Make use of free language learning materials

You can find free resources on almost any subject you could ever want to learn about online. Prospective language learners should consider joining Duolingo – a gamified website that offers a variety of language courses free of charge. Open culture promotes free podcasts and videos, giving people the opportunity to choose from over 45 different languages.

Learn while you browse

Your browsing habits can be easily turned into a means to learn more vocabulary. Readlang is a free extension that translates words from your webpages, and then generates flashcards to help you remember them.

Learn through entertainment

Understanding language through popular culture can be a fun diversion from studying from a dictionary or book. You could watch a foreign movie or read a newspaper printed in your chosen language.

Connect with other people

Studying textbooks is a good way to build up a solid understanding of the structures behind different languages. However, if you’re unable to apply your newfound knowledge in real life, then your academic efforts have gone to waste. Broken conversations with native speakers might initially be tedious and awkward, but there’s only so far studying from a book can take you before it becomes crucial to learn by application.

To find out more about how you can promote language learning, you can visit the European Day of Languages website.

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