Let me set the scene: You’re on your year abroad. You’re making lots of improvement in the whole language thing, when you’re with people… But what about when you’re alone? What do you do then? Here’s 5 easy things you can do to improve your language skills.
Watch Netflix in your target language! Just being surrounded by the language and intonation helps you immerse yourself in the language, and makes a big difference. Top tip: Really cheesy, kids TV shows and films are far easier to understand than other shows. Watch those with the subtitles off and use it as an excuse to watch Zoey101 again.
Listen to some slowly spoken news in your language. Not only will it help your language skills, you’ll learn more about what’s going on around the world from a foreign perspective. Here are the best ones that I’ve found for French and German. Be warned, the German one is reeeeaally slow. But I feel like that helps with pronunciation.
Listen to some music in your target language on Spotify. I have worship music in French, disney songs in French, German and Dutch, christmas songs in German, as well as some popular music in French and German. (As an aside note, if you have any good playlists, I would love to give them a listen; please leave me a link down below!)
Read a news article every day. There are so many apps for reading news in Foreign Languages. Here are the ones I use for French and German. The amount of time I spend aimlessly scrolling through Facebook on my phone, I can definitely swap that for a bit of news.
Read a book! Go to the kids/youth section of a book shop and look for a book that you seem like you can understand. Sure, some kids and youth books may have awful plot lines, but over time you can work your way up to more interesting adult books.
Do you have anymore tips or music and book suggestions? I’d love to hear them!