There is a rising trend in language studies. As the world becomes smaller, more and more people want to communicate better with other cultures. You can also attribute this change to cultural shifts like expatriation, patronizing other cultures, and travelling constantly in a certain continent.
For example, people who like going to Europe are interested in learning the five major languages like French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. However, the languages people want to learn are not limited to that.
There is also another language family altogether, which is the Asian languages like Mandarin, Korean, and Japanese. Some people want to learn all these languages for communication, while others want to learn so they can understand the media in different parts of the world.
Technology and Languages
The most effective way to learn a language is to practice it by speaking, hearing, and writing. Immersion is optional, but it does help when you decide to move somewhere long term.
Beyond that, you can use technology to learn a new language or communicate with someone else. Here we will discuss all your technological options:
Language Learning Apps
Language learning apps are easy to use tools that let you learn basic words and phrases. There are also applications that offer advanced lessons as in-app purchases. Still, there are free apps that also offer advanced lessons without having to pay. The content just isn’t as extensive as paid ones.
Language Translation Apps
These types of applications are used to communicate directly with people. If you are chatting with someone online, you can use the most popular option, which is Google Translate. However, it is not accurate for some uncommon phrases.
There is also the mobile Google Translate app that directly translates voice prompts and photos of signs, documents, etc.
Because of technology, anyone can start learning a language through an online class. They are more reliable because you are communicating with a real person. They can teach you other language aspects like slang, new words to look out for, grammar, common phrases used, appropriate phrases used, etc. It can be expensive if you are doing this for fun so, here is another option.
If you look around, you can find Facebook Groups, subreddits, forums, and group chats that have people who are willing to teach their language in exchange for learning English better. It may be hard to find the ideal language partner, so just keep at it until you find someone who has time to help you.
Language Exchange Apps
Many countries have developed language exchange apps. These are applications that match you with someone who wants to exchange language lessons with you. You can even meet people at events or in person so you can practice speaking together. This is a convenient and free way to learn a new language faster. However, just consider safety because these apps don’t offer background checks. So, think carefully before meeting a person.
Mobile Dictionaries or Online Dictionaries
While this is a given, it is an underrated technological option. Because people feel that going through a dictionary slows down communication, it’s actually quite useful if you use it while studying. Dictionaries can be helpful for simple communication by just mentioning a single word or writing it down, like “hungry”, “hotel”, “direction”, etc. This is also a must when studying.
Even with all of these technological options, you still need a human element when it comes to translating. That is why you should consider looking at the top translation companies that can help you translate longer forms of communication, documents, papers, and more.
They may offer language classes as well. This is an advantage because translation companies have certified and trained translators who are well-versed in a specific language - even more than one. This way, you can ensure that a professional is communicating with you at all times.
What’s more important is that translation companies can certify the contents of a foreign document for your personal use. Many government offices require this for processing.
Now that you know all your options, which tech language tool would you like to use? Do you want to learn a new language or just translate some media? Let us know your thoughts.