4 Tips For Keeping Your Language Skills Sharp

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Self-education can be difficult (although you can seek to organize it), because there are many ways you can waste your time and effort if you don’t have a proper plan.

But as a language-learner, you know that becoming fluent and remembering what you learn is directly related to how much you expose yourself to it and practice using it.

So, what can polyglots do to keep their skills sharp?

Well, there are definitely plenty of options. Let’s take a look at a few.

Language Fluency Tool #1: Phone Apps

If you’re part of the 77% of the population tethered to a smartphone, then you likely have it on, or very near, your person 99% of the time (hopefully you don’t bring it in the shower).

Why not download a few language apps that can help you practice vocabulary and conversation? Most are very affordable and convenient.

Language Fluency Tool #2: Streaming Services

Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime aren’t only good for sitcom binging. They’re excellent international film and television resources.

All three services feature a foreign-language section teeming with offerings from around the world.

So, instead of melting into your couch for 2 hours of mindless pablum, why not choose something more stimulating, like a foreign language film or series?

You can still enjoy the physical relaxation benefits of blobbing-out on your couch, while simultaneously sharpening your language skills.

Language Fluency Tool #3: Social Media Groups

Social media is another valuable tool for bi- and tri-lingual people looking to maintain their dialectal talents.

There are thousands, if not millions, of Facebook groups dedicated to language learning and conversational practice.

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Go, search, join!

Try out several to discover where you feel the most comfortable.

And when you do, engage!

The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.

And you might make some amazing friends along the way.

Language Fluency Tool #4: Meetups

Phone apps, social media groups and streaming services are beneficial when it comes to language practice. However, nothing beats actual human interaction with a fluent speaker.

But jetting off to foreign shores several times a year is a pricey endeavor that’s not possible or practical for most folks.

At-home, in-person meet-ups, though, are an affordable alternative!

Just hop online and start searching for clubs, organizations, and groups in your area that hold weekly or monthly events.

Many people are surprised by just how many of these programs exist.

No options in your area? Thanks to video-calling platforms, like Skype and Facetime, it’s easy to find a fellow polyglot looking for a conversation partner.

If you’re still in school, then see if your college or high school has a foreign language club. Or better yet, see if you can take a language class. Due to advances in tech, many language learning classes are even being offered online.

Speaking multiple languages is a valuable and marketable skill.

But, practice is a must.

So, keep sharp with a little help from phone apps, streaming services, social media, and in-person meet-ups.

Be sure to check out the ebook, “How to Learn Any Language Easily“.

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  • Jacklin says:

    Highly agree with using language learning apps! I bet 99% of the people reading this article do have a smartphone.

    Another great way to learn new languages, a method which certainly helped me was to join online community discussions on Reddit and Discord. I would get into native groups and try reading and understand what they were saying, doing translations and research on my own when discovering some new words or phrases. At one point you can simply start taking part in these conversations and improve your skills even more.

    • Michele says:

      Great tips! We are lucky to have the technology and opportunities we have today that make learning languages easier. Just have to put in the time and effort to do it! How many languages do you know?