As you may already know, expanding your language skills presents many benefits! Here are the main three advantages:
1) Make new connections
Through the learning of new languages, you will be able to connect with people you would have probably not been able to meet otherwise! You will indeed have the unique opportunity to meet a wide range of people in their personal and professional lives. Overall, this will allow you to discover new cultures and ways of thinking while making long-lasting connections!
2) Boost your career
Language skills can be a significant asset to advance your career. It will indeed set you apart from other candidates and allow you to become part of renowned international companies that are willing to expand in the global market!
3) Improve your learning capacities
There are many cognitive benefits to learning languages. It will indeed improve your memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills as well as enhance your concentration and ability to multitask! Last but not least, being multilingual or bilingual also helps to reduce mental aging and cognitive decline.
When learning English online on your own, it is important that you remain structured and consistent. Hence, start making a plan with realistic goals and deadlines. This way, you will be able to measure your improvements in real time! Do not forget to study your English grammar as well.
Step #2: Choose appropriate academic material
There are plenty of websites and English sources you can use to improve your English. For instance, the YouTube channels “IELTS Liz” or “Learn English with Emma” offer free learning material with video sessions on specific topics! Whatever the sources you choose, make sure to study various topics and grammar points to fully improve your English level.
Step #3: Practice your listening and reading skills
To diversify your learning material, you can watch English series and listen to English podcasts. Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything at first. The important thing is that you become familiar with different accents and daily expressions, which you will be able to use later on in your conversations! You should learn as many English words and vocabulary as possible to help you express yourself.
One the French language’s specificity is the difference between written French and spoken French. There are indeed many silent letters, glidings, liaisons etc. While it is important to study with written material or traditional methods, make sure you also train to understand modern spoken French.
2) Carefully select your learning tools
You will find many best French resources online. However, be careful not to get lost! Make sure to choose practice materials that have been designed by language professionals and provide you with solid grammatical explanations. French grammar is indeed one of the hardest parts of learning French!
3) Diversify your learning material
While academic sources on grammar and vocabulary are important, there are plenty of French movies and podcasts you can also use! For beginners, you can watch Les Choristes or La gloire de mon père – both French classics! You can also listen to language podcasts such as “Daily French pod” or “Coffee Break French”. This way, learning French vocabulary will also be fun! It will also enhance your French pronunciation.
There are plenty of textbooks you can use to learn Spanish grammar. For instance, the grammar book and CD for beginners called “Hugo Spanish in 3 months” is full of short explanations and exercises. Make sure you practice as regularly as possible!
Expand your vocabulary
Whether you read Spanish books, magazines, or news articles, make sure to take notes of the new vocabulary and expressions you find! You can for instance make several flash cards based on the themes you encounter. Later on, make sure you use the vocabulary you learnt through writing and speaking!
Watch Spanish movies and TV shows
Whenever you need a break, watch a series of movies in Spanish! Watching with subtitles will also help you to improve your Spanish pronunciation. Last but not least, you will also be able to become familiar with a wide range of accents and significantly improve your oral comprehension!
From traditional academic material to apps, movies and podcasts, use a wide diversity of learning resources! While some may be more suited to work on your Italian grammar and Italian vocabulary, others will help you strengthen your oral and reading comprehension while getting familiar with various Italian accents!
#2: Travel to Italy!
One of the best ways to improve your Italian is to travel to Italy! From Rome, to Milan, Naples and Turin, you will have plenty of beautiful places to discover. This will allow you to immerse yourself in a fully Italian environment. This way, you will be forced to practice your Italian pronunciation on a daily basis.
#3: Find a language buddy
If you cannot travel to Italy, no worries! You can find a language buddy online or in your community to practice and learn Italian from scratch. You could for instance set up weekly meetings to speak and discuss various themes. This way, you will also be able to get valuable feedback!
Before you rush into speaking, start listening! As previously mentioned, there are many ways you can listen to the language you would like to improve. As an example, you can listen to podcasts or watch movies and series! Try to notice intonation and word stress and repeat short sentences you hear.
Advice #2: Record yourself
While this may seem a bit intimidating, recording yourself might be more useful than you think! After recording yourself, listen back and take notes of any sound you may struggle with. Then, practice these words and sounds slowly and record yourself again. Can you notice how you improved?
Advice #3: Use a dictionary
While this may sound a bit old school, dictionaries are great assets! Whether online or in print, dictionaries generally have the phonetic transcription of the words. You can also use online dictionaries to listen to the word being spoken. This technique is particularly useful when learning German pronunciation.
As you may already know, vocabulary is an essential part of learning a language. Here are some ways to expand your vocabulary:
Develop a reading habit: by seeing words and expressions in specific contexts, it will be easier for you to remember the vocabulary you learn
Use dictionaries and thesaurus: this will help you expand your synonyms and hence, strengthen your vocabulary. Definitions can also educate you about antonyms, root words and related words
Use flashcards: while reading and using dictionaries, make sure you take notes of all the new words and expressions you learn. You can also categorize these according to different themes and make flashcards!
Practice using new words in conversation: while it is important to learn and take notes, it’s also important to practice! If you come across an interesting word or expression, make sure to use it in a conversation. This will also allow you to put them in context.
While rules depends on the specific language you want to learn, here are some basic points you should be able to master at a beginner level:
Learn all the pronouns (e.g. I, you, she, he, them…)
Know the rules for the plural and singular forms
Be able to use the possession (e.g. my, your, his, hers…)
How to form a complete sentence: these usually involve a noun and a verb
Learn the conjugation of basic verbs (e.g. to be, to have…)
Learn basic prepositions and adverbs to connect your sentences
Learn basic tenses: these include past, present, and future
Learn basic adjectives to provide short descriptions
Why take online classes with GlobalExam?
Among other things, our online classes with allow you to:
Continuously improve thanks to highly quality feedback
Practice your oral comprehension and speaking skills
Benefit from the experience of qualified language teachers. These are all native speakers!
Be able to track your learning developments and improvements through your personal file
Follow your language classes no matter where you are, as long as you have internet and a laptop or phone
Be able to share multiple learning resources and collaborative white boards
What is the difference between individual and group classes?
With our online classes, you will be able to choose between two different formats:
Individual classes: These classes of 30 minutes allow you to book appointments directly with your teacher depending on their availability and your own schedule. You will be able to choose the themes you would like to focus on according to your own needs and level.
Group classes: These classes last 1 hour. Together with a maximum of six students, you will benefit from the teaching of a native teacher and their assistant. Teachers can also create virtual rooms so that students can complete exercises in pairs. Teachers will also go from room to room to help and give advice depending on students’ needs.
For group classes, the weekly schedule is the following (Paris time):
Making a phone call – every Wednesday at 6pm
Planning a meeting – every Thursday at 7pm
Giving a presentation – every Friday at 6pm
Participating in video and conference calls – every Friday at 7pm
With GlobalExam, our teachers and online platform will enable you to gain confidence and build strong language skills in the language of your choice!
On our online platform, you will have access to the following resources:
Academic practice material but also fun courses through which you will gain confidence and stay motivated
Detailed corrections for each exercise for you to understand your shortcomings and constantly improve
Revision sheets available any time to improve your grammar and expand your vocabulary
Thanks to our online classes, you will be able to learn at your own pace wherever you are! So, what are you waiting for? Start your learning journey with GlobalExam and learn the language of your choice!