The summer holidays are the ideal time to improve your foreign language skills or to learn new ones. And the Babbel app gave us a few tips on how to be bilingual by the start of the new school year.
There are plenty of ways to learn new languages or improve your level in a particular language. What’s the most popular? Mobile apps, like the Babbel app, also available on the website and on tablets. This platform makes it possible to learn 14 different languages, including English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Swedish and Spanish. You can customize your learning according to your level, your mother tongue, and your goals: travel, work, or cultural discovery.
The sessions are short and the exercises are varied, allowing you to work on spelling, oral and written comprehension and pronunciation. In short, learning languages with Babbel, for example, is easy. And to make it even easier for you here are some tips on how to improve your language level quickly.
What are the best exercises?
To learn a language quickly, there’s nothing more effective than creating a routine. It is not necessary to cram for several hours at a time. We strongly advises against it: “You don’t memorize as well, whereas repetition allows you to integrate it into your long-term memory”. We advise to train a little every day, in sessions of 15 to 30 minutes maximum, much more effective than a long session of 3 hours once or twice a week.
It is also important to mix resources. You should not only concentrate on translation or grammar, but also practice pronouncing words well and understanding them orally. To do this, Babbel offers truly comprehensive sessions that combine several exercises, including storytelling – a narrative structure of speech – that really immerse you in the language. Diversity in learning helps with memorization, motivation and having something complete in the language.
Finally, there is nothing like using your interests to improve your language skills. It helps to motivate yourself more easily and makes learning much more fun. For example, if you are a keen reader, instead of reading a foreign book in English, we advise you to read it in your mother tongue, or at least in the language you want to learn more about, with a small dictionary next to it. It takes more time, but it’s more fun and after a while it becomes easier and faster. Movies and TV series in OV are also very good sources of learning.
The summer holidays are a great time to improve your skills.
The best time of the year to improve your language skills is undoubtedly in the summer, when you have finished your courses and are on school holidays. Students have more free time during the summer holidays, even when they’re working, so it’s easier to create a routine then. It’s also the period when we travel the most and there’s nothing like living in another country, whether it’s for a few weeks or several months, to learn a language easily and quickly, as long as you’re not afraid to get in touch with the locals.
There is also the possibility of doing a PVT – holiday-work program – which allows young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to discover a country by travelling there for several months, up to one or two years, while being allowed to work to finance this trip. It’s a great way to learn a language because you live in the country on a daily basis, just like the locals, you don’t just walk around and bask in it, so you practice the language a lot more. For those who have a little more means, there is also the language stay, which you can do for two weeks or the whole summer. You stay in a private home and have daily language lessons in a special school.
What about those who have to work and stay in their area? There are always the exercises mentioned above, but you should also not hesitate to meet foreign tourists who come to your region or city. You should also ask around at universities: some students stay for the summer and you can ask to be put in touch with them and do a language tandem with them to practise speaking in a more friendly way. Finally, don’t hesitate to look for summer jobs in the tourist industry, such as in the hotel and catering sector.