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Sep 30, 2021

The Best Non-Language Learning Resources For Learning A New Language

Learning a new language is one of the most exciting and challenging endeavors you can undertake. It requires dedication and determination, not to mention a load of work - if you want to learn the language without formal instruction, you will need to find some great tools! In this article, you will be introduced to a few non-language learning resources that might help increase your linguistic capabilities.

Audio Books

For learners who don't want to read or need to practice listening skills, the Librivox audio book collection is an excellent resource. This non-profit organization has collected over 1800 audiobooks for free online, including classics like Dracula and War of the Worlds. The narrated audio books can be downloaded in MP3 format or played from their website.

E-Books

Project Gutenberg is a website that allows you to download or read free e-books in over 40 languages. It features the classics, such as "Alice in Wonderland," and has a wide variety of topics to choose from. Alternatively, Archive.org is part of the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library on the web. It helps people find old websites and documents on the internet. It also provides storage for things like movies, audio, software, images, and more.

Local Library

Another commonly overlooked resource is your local library. Depending on where you live, the library may have books in the language you are learning to speak or they may offer audio courses for free or an ebook download or members. Most libraries also offer classes for adults and children.

News

One of the best approaches to learning a new language is to keep up on current events that affect the life and culture of the people who speak your target language. One way to do this is to read news articles about the people and the areas. Not only will this help you to feel more in tune with the people and culture of your target language, it will help you to know the most modern way to speak and current slang and terminology.

Movies and Shows

Movies and shows is a great way to learn a new language. Netflix has a wide variety of movies and tv shows in a lot of languages that is perfect for picking up a new language. For full language emersion you can change your account's default language settings to your target language. You can try watching with either the audio or captions (or both) in your target language and see what words you can pick up as you watch your favorite shows.

Physical or Virtual Meetups

One of the most fun ways to learn a new language is by connecting with people in the local community, and joining a language exchange group. This can be done in person or online, and MeetUp is an easy way to find your nearest group. This is probably the best opportunity to learn with someone who has experience in something you are interested in and vice-versa. In a good group, you can find yourself with someone who has a unique perspective on your target language which can increase your overall interest in the language.

There are many ways to learn a new language. Although these resources are great, they are no replacement for using language learning apps. They're just supplements to enhance your experience! I hope you can use the resources listed here to help you learn a new language!

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