5 strategies to keep practising a language at home

During the time we are facing social life can be challenged especially in terms of learning or practising a foreign language. So what’s the plan? Spoiler alert!

1. Make your own programme:

Every learner has different motivations, and it’s crucial to craft your strategy around your needs.

If you want to brush up on your French for a trip, then you should concentrate first on the essential phrases.

“J’ai une réservation au nom de …”

“Je voudrais une table pour deux personnes, s’il vous plaît”

“Est-ce que vous accepter le liquide?

Alternatively, if you’re about to meet your Spanish girlfriend’s parents on Skype, you should work on introducing yourself and mastering pleasantries.

“Hola, me llamo …, encantado”

“Soy de …”

“Me gusta …”

“¿Cuál es la fruta que más se ríe?: La naranja, ja, ja, ja, ja…”

You can also follow our 7-day programme on IG: @thelanguagehouse

2. Take online classes:

Online classes can be at first intimidating however it is a very efficient way to practise with a native speaker/teacher.

As another option your online teacher is there for you if you have any questions regarding grammar. We currently are running an offer for online classes. Use this code and get a £30 off on your group classes: STAY.HOME

3. Use the tools you already have:

You can find free books, e-books, podcasts, videos all related to the language that you most badly want to learn. And guess what, you can access all of it at home with the click of a mouse or a tap of the touchscreen.

4. Incorporate learning in everything you do

Notice that you naturally involve your first language in everything you do.

You watch TV and you’ve got language filling your ears. The delivery guy comes and you say, “thanks!” The phone rings and…well, you get what I mean.

You are incorporating language in everything you do at home. Language is an integral part of your life.

Change the language settings of your phone and other gadgets into French (or whatever your target language may be) TV, phone, computer, …

It’ll definitely be weird at first, but you’ll get the hang of it soon enough plus you will learn a lot of new vocabulary everyday.

You can place post-its on the objects you use every day and label them with their French/Spanish names. So now, your cup will be labeled with the French “la tasse.”

5. Use social media

Do not hesitate to follow foreign influencers / youtubers / teachers on your favourite social media.

Instagram, in particular, is good for this because of the number of language accounts it hosts that combine visual and audio assets in creative ways.

What about you? What tricks / method do you use to learn languages at home? #Stayhome

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