I love learning new languages, there’s nothing more beautiful than connecting with friends in their local language. To be fluent in a language requires serious, consistent commitment and practice, after about 10 years of investing some time in French and Mandarin and dabbling in a bit of Italian, I’m still far from reaching my language goals — simply because I haven’t been able to practice in real life as much as I wanted to. There are just too many other priorities but it’s something that I definitely want to master eventually.
Below are some tips and tricks that help.
Tips and Tools
- Download Bubble Translate (or a similar tool) and set a keyboard shortcut so you get direct translation.
- Set the bi-lingual dictionaries on in your iPhone.
- Download foreign magazine apps and use the look-up feature for words you don’t know.
- Subscribe to Spotify and find your favourite foreign artists.
- Subscribe to Netflix and head to the independent section and turn on subtitle.
- Vis-a-vis – French
- Prego! – Italian
- Get started in Mandarin Chinese – Chinese