Summer Language Slump? No way!

Don’t let yourself get in a summer slump! All this free time is the perfect moment to start something new— maybe learn a language? Here are 5 easy ways to help you begin a brand new journey through language-learning, all right from your sweet summer spot.

1. Start a blog.

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It is very easy to lose track of time during the summer months— and to forget things! Whether you are beginning a language for the first time or continuing on from the semester, keep yourself accountable and remind yourself of your accomplishments by blogging about it. A cool example of a language-learning blogger is Benny from Fluent in Three Months. You could even start a vlog!

2. Use your social media accounts as a quick and easy way to begin your vocab sessions.

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A lot of us are very familiar with our home pages or feeds on sites like Facebook so we know many of our friends’ names, the pages we visit most, and the content we regularly check on. For a jumpstart to picking up vocabulary words and navigating a new language, try switching up the language settings on your online accounts or on your cell phone. You can even begin filtering your online searches based on languages. Turn part of your everyday mindless routine into a learning curve! For more quick tips, read on here.

3. Like Netflix? We do. (We know you do, too.)

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You might not be able to find a show in every language on Netflix, or Hulu, or HBO GO; BUT, you can find an astounding number of them that you probably didn’t even know were there. Try watching a few of these foreign films in their native languages with and without subtitles to see what you can pick up! Research the movies and you may even learn about some cultural aspects, myths, or legends related to the plots. Get your friends involved by hosting an international film night. After a few watches, these films won’t be foreign at all, but rather the beginning of your second-language experience.

4. Go on a language ‘stay’cation.

tumblr_inline_nkz4kgaVnp1ro0zrpGet out of the house and shake up your summer routine by exploring new spaces and faces in your community! With a quick Google search of local restaurants and attractions, you are sure to find a few spots where you can taste the cuisine, share conversations with native speakers, and understand more about the social customs and culture of the language you are learning. A new world could be just down the street!

5. Set an end-goal and reward yourself for reaching it.

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One of the best ways to make sure your summer language-learning will be a success is to make a realistic goal for yourself. For example, if you are a beginner, you could set a target of learning 500 words in your new language for the summer and for every word that you learn and memorize correctly, put 50 cents in a jar. At the end of the summer, you’ll have saved $250 to treat yourself to something fun related to your language such as a night out celebrating the new culture!

 

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Kirsten Craig

Kirsten Craig

Kirsten is a graduate student in Columbia University’s Masters of Global Thought program. A lover of anything friend and everything sweet, she is passionate about the environment and the many ways our communication is intricately linked to its preservation.

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