How to keep improving a foreign language with a busy life

Nowadays learning a foreign language has become a very important requirement both for professional and personal purposes, but we all know how hard can it be to keep it up when our schedule is full of appointments and our daily life is incredibly busy. I have been learning foreign languages for 10 years now and I know how hard can it be to find some time to keep learning/practicing your target language.So the question is, how do we make time to learn a language? How can we keep being motivated? Contrary to popular belief learning a language isn’t just learning grammar from a textbook and doesn’t always require your full attention on one assignment, you can also learn in an easier, more subtle way. How?
  • Newspaper: try to read the news in your target language. You can easily download a digital newspaper on your smartphone and read it on your way to work/school/etc. The key to make this exercise effective is NOT to focus on understanding all the words you read, but to understand the general meaning of what you read. Eventually, if you have time, you can note down the words you don’t know in a vocabulary notebook.
  • Radio: if you struggle with listening to a foreign language, the old-fashioned habit of listening to the radio is an awesome way to overcome the problem. Again, you can find many useful materials online or download apps on your smartphone, just search “radio + name of your target language”. Listening will enable you to familiarize more with the sound of the language if you’re a beginner or it will help you learn more conversational language, slang, idioms and more. This can also help as preparation for a conversation or a lesson with a native speaker here on Verbling.
  • Movies: It’s been a long stressful day and you want to reward yourself with some relaxing activity, what’s better than a movie? You could seize the opportunity and switch the language to your target language, put subtitles on if you’re not comfortable enough to listen to the movie only, but try to focus on what you are listening to rather than only reading the subtitles. This works as a great listening exercise, plus you will learn lots of new words and idioms!
  • Social media: You won’t believe it, but social media can actually help you learn your target language! The secret is to follow accounts you are interested in, maybe a travel blog or a food blog in your target language. In your spare time, instead of scrolling through your Instagram or Twitter timeline pointlessly, search the accounts you followed, read their posts and captions. This way you will practice reading and comprehension skills without even noticing!
August 26, 2019
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Hello everybody! I am Nicole and I'm a native Italian speaker and an experienced online Italian teacher. I can speak English, Spanish and German fluently and I'm learning Portuguese. I have been learning languages for more than 10 years (and still counting!). I have 2 years of experience as an online teacher. Students describe me as a very talkative and supportive person. To me teaching here on Verbling is much more than explaining how a grammar rule work or which context you should use a word in, my personal goal is not only to be able to help you learn or improve your target language but also to teach you more about the culture and costumes. I am very aware about the difficulties language learners might encounter while learning a foreign language, I've been there too! Over the many years of experience as a language learner I learned hacks and tips to memorize vocabulary, learn grammar, and achieve advanced speaking skills, and I'd be pleased to share this knowledge with you. During class I will also use material such as videos or newspaper articles, in order to stimulate a natural conversation. Conversational lessons are the main type of lessons that I offer, however I offer other kinds of lessons, just give a look at my profile and let me know if you have any questions. I'm here for you!
Flag
Italian
globe
Italy
time
10
Speaks:
English
Native
,
Spanish
B2
,
German
B2
,
Portuguese
A1
Hello everybody! I am Nicole and I'm a native Italian speaker and an experienced online Italian teacher. I can speak English, Spanish and German fluently and I'm learning Portuguese. I have been learning languages for more than 10 years (and still counting!). I have 2 years of experience as an online teacher. Students describe me as a very talkative and supportive person. To me teaching here on Verbling is much more than explaining how a grammar rule work or which context you should use a word in, my personal goal is not only to be able to help you learn or improve your target language but also to teach you more about the culture and costumes. I am very aware about the difficulties language learners might encounter while learning a foreign language, I've been there too! Over the many years of experience as a language learner I learned hacks and tips to memorize vocabulary, learn grammar, and achieve advanced speaking skills, and I'd be pleased to share this knowledge with you. During class I will also use material such as videos or newspaper articles, in order to stimulate a natural conversation. Conversational lessons are the main type of lessons that I offer, however I offer other kinds of lessons, just give a look at my profile and let me know if you have any questions. I'm here for you!
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