If you’re thinking of learning a new language Twitter is the perfect place to start. It might be an unusual concept, but it really shouldn’t be. There are loads of ways the world’s most popular micro blogging platform can help you master a new language, as this article will show you.
This is the most obvious way of using Twitter to learn a new language, but there’s nothing wrong with obvious. There are loads of linguistic specialists to follow on Twitter ranging from professional services to amateur language bloggers.
Leaning a new language is often expensive, but the best thing about the expert advice on Twitter is that it’s completely free. Let’s take Rosetta Stone, the world’s most popular language learning software, as an example. Their level one software packages will set you back around $200, but a simple follow of their official Twitter account (@rosettastone) won’t cost you thing.
And it’s useful too! They hold question and answer sessions for their followers and tweet links to language resources and news from around the web!
There are getting on for 500 million twitter users spread across virtually every country in the world! This means that the number of accounts you can follow in your chosen language is pretty much endless.
Using social media platforms like Facebook requires you to be ‘friends’ with a person to see what they’re talking about but Twitter lets you follow accounts from all over the world without reciprocation. This means you can create a constant stream of new and interesting content in the language of your choice.
You can even connect with users trying to learn English, and help each other learn. Making friends with a Twitter user from another country is essentially the 21st century equivalent of having a pen-pal!
You might think that Twitter’s 140 character limit is a restriction for those who are trying to learn a new language, but is actually a real gift for beginners. When you’ve just started out there’s nothing more daunting than reading a long extract and stopping to double check every other word.
That’s why Twitter is so great! It won’t take all day to decipher 140 characters of German or Japanese, even if you have to look up every word. It’s also a great way for a beginner to practice their writing. It really does epitomize the ‘little and often’ approach to learning.
And the length restrictions can even be useful for advanced learners. Following foreign language accounts of everyday Twitter users is a great way to pick up on slang and new words that enter a dialect. The fact that users are restricted to 140 characters means you’ll constantly see new words being used. Languages constantly evolve, and Twitter is arguably the best way of keeping up with these changes.
It’s always easier to learn when you’re actually interested in the topic. It’s the reason you see so many sporting maths books on sale.
On Twitter you only have to follow accounts that you’re interested in. So if you’re trying to learn Spanish and love soccer following Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo would definitely help. You’ll definitely feel motivated to translate what they’re saying.This post was written by Michael Horrocks, an avid leaner of languages and a social media enthusiast. He works for the online retailer Find Me A Gift, where you’ll find unusual gifts for all occasions.